Category: stage works


The Boy Who Never Was

Adapted and Directed by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan

Composition: Valgeir Sigurðsson

Creative Producer: Rachel Bergin

Dramaturgy: Bjarni Jonsson

Movement Direction: Eddie Kay

Costume Design: Sarah Foley

Set Design: Ellen Kirk

Lighting Design: Sinead Wallace

Cast: Matthew Malone, Maeve O’Mahony, Molly O’Mahony, Konstantin Stanchev


Adapted from the award-winning Icelandic novel by Sjón,  bring their contemporary theatrical approach to this beautifully evocative period work.

Set in 1918, The Boy Who Never Was tells the story of a young queer man, Máni Steinn — film fanatic and dreamer who exists on the fringes of an intolerant society — at a moment of profound global transformation.

Set against the backdrop of a global pandemic, war in Europe and growing intolerance of ‘others’ The Boy Who Never Was draws a line between past and present, exploring the cyclical nature of human history and the role of art as both a comfort and a compass.



Choreography Sveinbjörg Þórhalldóttir
Performer Halla Þórðardóttir
Music & Sound Design Valgeir Sigurðsson
Set & Costume Design Júlíanna Lára Steingrímsdóttir
Lights Jóhann Friðrik Ágústsson
Motion Controlled Sound Design Mari Garrigue
Potography Saga Sigurðardóttir


Blue | Orange

Theatre Royal Bath, Oxford Playhouse & Royal & Derngate

Premiere Nov 2021

Written by Joe Penhall

Director James Dacre

Music Valgeir Sigurðsson


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