The Hidden People [Working Title]
Theatre & Circus
Performer, Creator & Producer
The Hidden People is a work in progress that’s a collaboration between Huldufugl and the British circus duet Hikapee.
The show will combine Icelandic folklore of the hidden people with aerial circus, physical theatre and creative technology.
The creation of the show started in late 2018, when Hikapee came to Iceland for a 2 week research and development phase. Huldufugl went to the UK in February 2019 and performed a 40 minute work-in-progress sharing at Jacksons Lane Theatre on 1st of March 2019. The second research and development phase is currently taking place, both in the UK and in Finland and will end in January 2020.
This performance has had support from:
Arts Council England
Jacksons Lane Theatre
101 Outdoor Arts
The Finnish Institute
Robin Boot Photography
Funding dependant, the performance should be ready to tour at the end of 2020.
Iceland and UK, 2020.
Kassinn / A Box In The Desert
Virtual Reality Theatre installation
Performer & Producer
Imagine one day, you wake up inside an invisible box, unable to escape. Kassinn is an engaging, but playful, interactive theatre performance with a live actor in virtual reality. Will you trust this mysterious stranger? Or listen to the voice in your head, trying to get you out?
Kassinn, (English title “A Box In The Desert”), was a short play I wrote for Uppsprettan in Tjarnarbíó in 2016. In 2017 this play was transformed into a piece of virtual reality theatre.
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.
The play was developed for a longer run at Reykjavík Fringe in July 2018, with an added character of a voice inside your head, in contrast to the character outside the box. Initially that voiceover was done by me, as I was unable to perform live during the RVK Fringe. In its current version, Ástþór Ágústsson and I take turns in performing in the show. This version was invited to the Stockholm Fringe Festival in September 2018, and subsequently went on to tour around Europe and USA in 2019, selling out wherever it went and winning numerous awards.
This is a Huldufugl production, an events company I run with creative technologist Owen Hindley.
Performers: Nanna Gunnars, Ástþór Ágústsson
VR Design and direction: Owen Hindley
Music: Iris Thorarins
Sound: Ragnar Hrafnkelsson
Concept Development: Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson
Additional 3D design, build: Jacob Andersson
First version had support from PuppIT and sponsorship from Landsbankinn.
WINNER: Best Interactive Narrative Experience, Raindance Film Festival 2019
WINNER: Outstanding USA Premiere, San Diego Fringe Festival 2019
WINNER: Most Amazing Game Award, A Maze Festival, Berlin 2019
WINNER: Innovation in Performance, Stockholm International Fringe Festival 2018
NOMINATED: GRAND PRIX, Stockholm International Fringe Festival 2018
RVK Fringe, Stockholm Fringe, 2018.
A Maze, Brighton Fringe, Jacksons Lane Theatre, private performances in LA, San Diego Fringe, RVK Fringe, Raindance Film Festival, 2019.
Raindance Immersive Summit
Huldufugl was a part of the official selection at Raindance Film Festival 2019, and we were asked to present our work and then take part in a panel discussion at the Raindance Immersive Summit presented by Bose.
The panel title was: Location-based Entertainment, New Avenues for XR Showcase, Audience Engagement and Monetisation.
Raindance Film Festival, Vue Piccadilly, London, 26 September 2019.
Hyper Island Workshop
In November 2017 Huldufugl was invited to give a workshop and a lecture at Hyper Island in Stockholm. We teamed up with the escape room designers from Amsterdam that created Sherlocked, Victor Milton van Doorn and Pim Schachtschabel and taught a room full of students how they can give a theatrical flair to an escape room and make it truly immersive.
Hyper Island, Stockholm, 2017.
HEIMA by Huldufugl
Huldufugl’s first performance was called HEIMA and took place in Deptford Cinema in London, just a few months before we moved to Iceland. Sigur Rós made one tweet about the event and it immediately sold out.
This was an homage to Iceland, offering the screening of the Icelandic documentary HEIMA by Sigur Rós, live music by MIMRA and ÍRiiS, photography by Nick Miners of Icelandic landscape, artwork by Ella Rósinkrans, homemade Icelandic delicacies and recordings of Icelandic nature by Hafdís Bjarnadóttir along with many more small Icelandic touches.
A DIY version of a Secret Cinema event.
The event was supported by The Icelandic Embassy in England and Nick Miners photography.
Deptford Cinema, London, 12 March 2016.