Category: stage works



By Jon Fosse and Robert Wilson, based on the eponymous Old Norse mythology

To premiere in March of 2017 at the Norwegian Theater, Oslo, Norway.

Robert Wilson’s Edda is based on Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse’s interpretation of old norse mythology, the religion that dominated Scandinavia until the 11th century. The sources for our knowledge about this religion are different icelandic scholars and authors written poems from medieval time. Fosse read the “Old Edda”- literature, and gave it his personal form. He created a dramatic dialogue with strong musical and rhythmic qualities, moving the stories nearer to us while keeping them different and remote. In this production for Oslo’s Norske Teatret, Fosse’s fascinating and suggestive text meets the visual language of Robert Wilson.

The music for Edda was written by Arvo Pärt, the famous Estonian composer (see Adam’s Passion), and by the duo CocoRosie, who previously collaborated with Robert Wilson on Peter Pan (Berlin, 2013) and Pushkin’s Fairy Tales (Moscow, 2015), and most recently on Jungle Book (Luxembourg, 2019).

“In EDDA the Norse mythology comes alive in a way completely different from anything we are familiar with from traditional productions. … It is stunning, it is abstract absurdism and it is above all Robert Wilson.”— Dagsavisen

“EDDA is a Gesamtkunstwerk that spins through time in a absurd, beautiful and playful way … Two hours of a fantastic suggestive mix of exquisite pictures, burlesque and mythology.”— Svenska Dagbladet



Brokentalkers with Project Arts Centre, Mermaid Arts Centre and LÓKAL Performing Arts Theatre

A fusion of theatre, music and dance, Woman Undone is a re-imagining of singer Mary Coughlan’s extraordinary life and her difficult childhood. It tells the story of a young woman who endured abuse, addiction and mental illness and who’s discovery or art and music was her redemption.

Featuring Mary Coughlan alongside female quartet Mongoose performing an original score by Valgeir Sigurðsson which fuses electronic music with live instrumentation and a haunting vocal score.

This show combines Brokentalkers’ distinctive blend of biography, socio-political discourse and breathtaking theatricality with the musical talent of Coughlan and Sigurdsson to create a show that is beautiful, insightful, inspiring. Woman Undone has been created with funding from the Arts Council.

Woman Undone is being created with funding from Arts Council Ireland and is a Co-Production between Brokentalkers, Project Arts Centre (Dublin), Mermaid Arts Centre (Bray) and Lókal Performing Arts (Reykjavík). The development of the piece was also supported by Wicklow County Council.

Written by: Gary Keegan and Feidlim Canon (Brokentalkers), and Mary Coughlan
Directed by: Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon
Performed by: Mary Coughlan, Molly O’Mahony, Ailbhe Dunne, Muireann Ní Cheannabháin, CaraDunne and Erin O’Reilly
Dramaturgy by: Bjarni Jónsson
Music Composition and Production by: Valgeir Sigurdsson
Lighting by: SJ Shiels
Design by: Sabine Dargent
Costume by: Sarah Foley
Movement Direction by: Eddie Kay



Stephen Petronio’s melancholy, disturbingly beautiful new Architecture of Loss…is not trying to show us mourning as a response to loss; he’s showing us loss as absence and the evanescence of supporting structures. …it feels the way a room feels when someone dear to you has gone away for a long time.

DanceBeat at Arts Journal

Duration: 35 minutes Premiere: March 6, 2012
Premiere Venue: The Joyce Theater
Commission Partners: Nordic House (Faroe Islands)
Watch an excerpt
Music: Valgeir Sigurðsson
Costumes: Guðrun & Guðrun
Visual Design: Rannva Kunoy (Artwork) & Ravi Rajan (Projections)
Lighting: Ken Tabachnick




“Wide slumber is an investigation of relationship, of intimacy, of intrusion, of between, of boundary. Its realm desires to identify assumptions and then stroke them to the point they shudder and release their lenses, films, gauze to expose some yet-unimagined beyond.”


Inspired by the award-winning book of the same name by poet a.rawlings, Wide slumber for lepidopterists pairs sleep and dream studies with lepidoptery (the study of butterflies and moths). Tracking the stages of sleep and pairing them with the life cycle of butterflies and moths, insomnia is mirrored in the birth of the egg and narcolepsy in larval hatching. And when the caterpillar starts its final moult, dreams begin, weaving around us as tightly as a cocoon until we are somnambulant, a chrysalis ready to emerge as a moth.

It’s a story, it’s not a story.

It has elements of story.

Pattern your breath on the sound of moth wings, magnified and frenzied, as you fight for sleep in a suffocating tangle of sheets. This is a poetic fantasia, an erotic nightmare-scape. So we dream the same – do we dream the same?

A small ensemble of musicians—three singers and one performer—conjure an ethereal and visceral world of cyclic metamorphosis. Each of the three singers embodies a persona within the text; the Insomniac, the Somnopterist (sleep scientist), and the Lepidopterist. A hybrid loom—a dream machine—is a centre stage object that undergoes constant transformation in the hands of the fourth character: the Weaver.

Even when the body falls asleep, the brain’s hearing pathways do not shut down. Even in the hours of deepest slumber, sound can be imprinted on your memory.

A team of scientists including Harvard University lepidopterists and University College London sleep research scientists worked closely with us on the creation of WiDE SLUMBER. We have curated a series of events that can be presented in tandem with the performance including a butterfly pinning workshop, lectures on the metamorphosis of butterflies and sleep science, and installations.

WiDE SLUMBER for Lepidopterists is produced by VaVaVoom Theatre and Bedroom Community and was premiered in May 2014, at the 28th edition of Reykjavik Arts Festival.

Composer: Valgeir Sigurðsson (Iceland)

Text: a. rawlings (Iceland / Canada)

Stage Director  / Adaptation for Stage: Sara Martí (Iceland)

Dramaturgy / Adaptation for Stage: Sigríður Sunna Reynisdóttir (Iceland)

Stage Design: Eva Signý Berger (Iceland)

Costume:   Harpa Einarsdóttir (Iceland)

Light / Video: Ingi Bekk (Iceland)

Animation / Video Art: Pierre-Alain Giraud (France)

Sound Design: Dan Bora (USA)

Choreographer: Valgerður Rúnarsdóttir (Iceland)

Prop Design: Marie Tanya Keller (USA)

Producing Organisation: VaVaVoom Theatre and Bedroom Community

WIDE SLUMBER for lepidopterists pairs sleep and dream studies with lepidoptery, conjuring an ethereal and visceral world of cyclic metamorphosis.

Tracking the stages of sleep and pairing them with the life cycle of Lepidopterae (butterflies and moths), the audience is lulled into a cocoon where the borders between dreams and reality are blurred.

A small group of musicians accompanies three singers who embody personae within WIDE SLUMBER; The Insomniac, The Somnopterist and The Lepidopterist. A hybrid loom — a dream machine — is a centre-stage object that undergoes constant transformation in the hands of the fourth character; The Weaver.





An English Touring Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Rose Theatre Kingston co-production.

“Love changes us. Love’s alchemy! In that furnace everything changes. Hard stone shatters, iron goes soft and turns to liquid… and so do we… in love’s fire”

Based upon real events from Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613, The Herbal Bed is a powerful thriller about human desire. When William Shakespeare’s daughter is publicly accused of adultery, her family’s lives fall under the glare of intense public scrutiny. Culminating in a dramatic trial at Worcester Cathedral, the scandal threatens to destroy her family’s reputation within their tight-knit community.

Originally produced to great acclaim by the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Herbal Bed was a huge hit in the West End and on Broadway, with an Olivier Award nomination and writer Peter Whelan winning Playwright of the Year.

COMPOSER: Valgeir Sigurdsson


DIRECTOR: James Dacre

DESIGNER: Jonathan Fensom


Charmian Hoare


Gemma Hancock


Hancock Stevenson Casting


Terry King


Jesse Jones



Om uppsättningen

Urpremiär: 23 augusti, Stora scenen
Speltid: 2 timmar, utan paus

”en uppiggande dystopisk start på Bergmanfestivalen” SvD
”Katharsis för vår tid.” SvD
”Dansen ilar dessutom genom iscensättningen som rent fysisk energi.” SvD
”…lysande samspelt i både dialog och dans…” DN
”Tillsammans med den isländske artisten Helgi Jónssons innerliga musik får dansen gestalta en längtan som språket tycks ha korrumperat.” DN
”Ett förtrollande porträtt” Aftonbladet
”som att Ingmar Bergmans filmvärld och vår egen digitala samtid stoppats ner i en mental kvarn och sedan serveras som den väller ut, i en osorterad, drömlik, men likafullt poetisk blandning.” UNT
”Otroligt skickligt som ett total konstverk i blandning av text, dans, musik och scenbild” SR P1 Kultur
”nåt av det vackraste man har sett” SR P1 Kultur

SAFE är en rasande samtidsbetraktelse av den prisbelönte tyske regissören och dramatikern Falk Richter.

Alla längtar efter trygghet och närhet.

Är det bara rädsla som kan mobilisera oss?

I sin koreografiska urpremiär SAFE arbetar den hyllade tyske regissören och dramatikern Falk Richter med kompositören Valgeir Sigurðsson och den isländska singer/songwritern Helgi Jónsson – som också medverkar på scenen, tillsammans med internationella dansare och skådespelare från Dramatens ensemble. Falk Richters föreställningar tänjer på gränsen för vad teater kan vara – i ett massivt flöde integreras video, text, dans och musik.

Översättning / Translation

Magnus Lindman

Regi / Direction

Falk Richter

Musik / Music

Helgi Jónsson, Valgeir Sigurðsson

Koreografi / Choreography

Johanna Lemke med Falk Richter och ensemblen

Scenografi / Set Design

Katrin Hoffmann

Kostym / Costume Design

Daniela Selig


Christopher Kondek

Ljusdesign / Lighting Design

Carsten Sander

Ljuddesign / Sound Design

Daniel Rejmer

Peruk och mask / Wigs and Make Up

Melanie Åberg



Text, Regie und Choreografie: Falk Richter
Komposition: Helgi Hrafn Jónsson, Valgeir Sigurðsson
Bühne: Katrin Hoffmann
Kostüme: Marysol del Castillo
Video: Chris Kondek
Dramaturgie: Sibylle Baschung
Mit Constanze Becker, Johanna Lemke, Lisa Stiegler, Jorijn Vriesendorp, Timo Fakhravar, Denis »Kooné« Kuhnert, Maximilian Meyer-Bretschneider, Marc Oliver Schulze, Helgi Hrafn Jónsson, Valgeir Sigurðsson (Musiker)




Extremalism explores the way individuals react to today’s crisis. What does a body do in extreme circumstances ? How does it cope in a minimal setting?

20 years ago the collaboration between Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten began. In this anniversary piece, they go back to the intrinsic qualities that define their earlier works. With the dancers from the Ballet National de Marseille and ICKamsterdam, they can look back and give a new interpretation of their work.

Creation: 12.06.2015 – Théâtre Royal Carré (NL)
Concept and Choreography: Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten
Dramaturgy: Jesse Vanhoeck
Light sculpture: Studio Stallinga
Original composition: Valgeir Sigurðsson
Soundscaping: Pieter C.Scholten
Lighting: Henk Danner
Costumes and masks: Clifford Portier

Production: Ballet National de Marseille / ICKamsterdam
Coproduction: Holland Festival (NL), Festival Montpellier Danse 2015
Napoli Teatro Festival (IT), Maison de la Culture d’Amiens (FR)
Creation residence: La Friche Belle de Mai