Category: stage works


My Brilliant Friend (Framúrskarandi vinkona)

National Theatre of Iceland

Premiere Dec 2021

Director Yael Farber

Original Music Valgeir Sigurðsson


Vertu úlfur

National Theatre of Iceland

Premiere December 2021

Director Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir

Original Music Valgeir Sigurðsson




World premiere

Performed by Juilliard Dance Class of 2020, Juilliard musicians, and guest artist Liam Byrne
Choreography: Stephen Petronio
Music: DISSONANCE by Valgeir Sigurðsson

Music performed by:

Liam Byrne, viola da gamba,

Violin 1
Chener Yuan Yanguang, Bruce Zhang, Joshua Kim
Violin 2
Brenden Zak Xingyu, Li Juchao Zhao
Keoni Bolding, Jay Julio
Joshua McClendon, Shangwen (Jeff) Liao
Double Bass
Patrick Curtis, Lindsay Donat

New arrangement by Petter Ekman for viola da gamba, electronics, and string orchestra.

Lighting and Scenic Design: Nicole Pearce Costume Design: Fritz Masten
Rehearsal Conductor: Jesse Brault
Stage Manager: Kat Meister*
Assistant to the Choreographer: Nicholas Sciscione
From the Class of 2020 Kalyn Berg
Jared Brown**
Treyden Chiaravalloti Dylan Croy
Elizabeth Faber
Barry Gans
Mikey Garcia
John Hewitt
Nathan Hirschaut
Naya Lovell
*Juilliard Professional Apprentice Program **Jared Brown is a 2019 Princess Grace awardee
Matilda Mackey
Taylor Massa
Lúa Mayenco Cardenal Nicolas Noguera
Nina Peng
Sarah Pippin Alexander Sargent Kayla Schutz
Noah Wang

Valgeir Sigurðsson’s DISSONANCE is used by arrangement with European American Music Distributors Company, U.S. and Canadian agent for Faber Music Ltd., London, publisher and copyright owner.

The walls onstage are filled with good wishes and words of wisdom for the graduating class of 2020 that have been collected this week in the Juilliard main lobby and during performance evenings in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater lobby. Please stop by the lobby display to add to the growing list of messages for the class of 2020.


Meistarinn & Margaríta (Master & Margarita)

National Theatre of Iceland

Premiere 20 December 2019

Director Hilmar Jónsson



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



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






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