The Island had a triumphant premiere in Reykjavík in September 2011 at the Lókal International Theater Festival, and will now be performed in Winnipeg! This is a trans-Atlantic collaboration between artists from Iceland (Friðgeir Einarsson and Ingibjörg Magnadóttir) and Canada (Arne MacPherson and Freya Björg Olafson). Combining elements of theatre, dance, and visual art to explore the phenomenon of loneliness with passion and humour, it investigates the borders between people and the desire to share time and space with others. The project was conceived as an artistic bridge between Iceland and Winnipeg, two distant but similar places; isolated and cold, each is a wellspring of creative energy. The Island features a live musical score by Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson and lighting design by Hugh Conacher.
The Island is a co-production between núna (now) and the Lókal International Theatre Festival in Iceland. It was created with the generous support of the Canada Council, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the Winnipeg Arts Council.