Reykjavík Fringe Festival
A festival of arts, theatre & comedy
Reykjavík Fringe Festival will take place for the first time in the summer of 2018, from the 4th until the 8th of July. The festival focuses on local talent and Nordic performances, but is open to global acts.
All sectors of art are welcome at the Reykjavík Fringe Festival, including theatre, dance, circus, stand-up comedy, cabaret, music, installations, media art, drag, site-specific works, physical theatre, children’s shows, outdoor performances etc.
An open application takes place from the 10th of April until the 6th of May 2018.
Nanna is the festival’s co-director along with Jón Magnús Arnarsson.
Reykjavik Fringe Festival is a part of the Nordic Fringe Network.
The digital board game Sumer was released on Nintendo Switch on the 6th of April 2018.
In the game itself, strategic planning and swift platforming meet. As nobles vying for power in the ancient civilisation of Sumer, players harvest resources and bid in real-time auctions in a contest to worship the almighty goddess Inanna.
Nanna did voice-over in the ancient language Sumerian for the goddess Inanna, a few female nobles and a couple of goats.
Rauða skáldahúsið / Poetry Brothel Reykjavík
Reykjavík's only Poetry Brothel, a night of poetry & cabaret
Rauða skáldahúsið, or Poetry Brothel Reykjavík, has been taking place regularly in IÐNÓ in downtown Reykjavík from May 2017.
Poetry Brothels can be found around the world, with the first one taking place in New York City in 2007. In them, audience members can purchase private readings with poets, as well as enjoy live entertainment in the form of music, circus, burlesque and more.
Reykjavík’s Poetry Brothel generally has a cast of about 30 people. Included are two bands, The Keystone Swingers (with a rotating guest singer) and Gleðikonurnar. There are around 10 poets each night, plus one star poet. There is a resident house witch, that does tarot reading. There are sketch artists and body painters, and various burlesque, circus and cabaret performers.
Nanna performs as the madame of the house, Madame Karítas.
Previous star poets have included Kristín Eiríksdóttir, Kristín Ómarsdóttir, Kött Grá Pje and Sjón.
Each performance has a specific theme and performances take place every 3-4 months.
Kassinn / The Box VR
Virtual Reality Theatre installation
Kassinn, or The Box, was a short play Nanna wrote for Uppsprettan in Tjarnarbíó in 2016. In 2017 this play was transformed into a piece of virtual reality theatre, The Box VR.
In it, one audience at a time is ‘trapped’ inside a box, both physically and virtually. In order to escape the box, the audience member needs to get help from an outsider, performed by an actor/actress in a motion capture suit on the outside of the box. The performer is transformed into a virtual character within the virtual world, with all its movements happening in real time.
The audience member and the performer can both hear each other and speak to each other throughout the performance, meaning the play is semi-scripted and semi-improvised.
By making the performance take place in the virtual world, it’s possibly to create anything, and do swift changes from normality to a completely different environment – there are no limits.
Nanna Gunnars and Ástþór Ágústsson took turns in performing.
Virtual world was created by Owen Hindley and Jacob Andersson.
Motion capture suits provided by PuppIT.
Narrator voice-over done by ÍRiiS.
ÍRiiS is an electronic musician and vocalist from Iceland. For her music video Nornin (The Witch) she assembled a team of performers and models to perform in Iceland’s unspoiled nature, merging people’s naked bodies with the raw nature.
Music by ÍRiiS.
Music video by Kristina Petrošiutė.