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Icelandic sagas - symphonic performative installation

Þessi viðburður er liðinn

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of independence and sovereignty, the Government of Iceland will host music celebrations at Harpa on 1 December. The performance will offer a varied program of music from past and present, woven in a tapestry of tales and tones, based on fragmented stories and imagery of Icelanders.The Iceland Symphony Orchestra, along with actors, singers and soloists will spin a symphonic saga with the choirs Schola cantorum and the choir of Menntaskólinn við Hamrahlíð.

Through this symphonic performative installation there will be a variety of different treasures, including a premier of the Centenary song “My Land” by Jóhann G. Jóhannsson, as well as the premiere of a piece by Bára Gísladóttir, which was composed for this occasion. A new version of the work Ad Genua by Anna Þorvaldsdóttir to the lyrics of Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir, will also be premiered. Among the artists taking part are the actors Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Nicholas Candy and Orri Huginn Ágústsson, soprano singer Jóna G. Kolbrúnardóttir, musician Ragna Kjartansdóttir, the Ensemble Adapter and Varna Nielsen drummer-dancer from Greenland. The costume designer for the production is Ingibjörg Jara Sigurðardóttir.

The artistic director of the production is Arnbjörg María Danielsen, who together with the Danish video artist Lene Juhl Nielsen and the light designer Kasper Wolf Stouenborg creates the conceptual visual design and layout of the exhibition. The conductor is Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason.

The production will be broadcast live on RÚV and is organised in collaboration with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Harpa.