Net stroll: The Artist Theater (Iceland)
It might sound risky — or even ridiculous — to bring visual arts into the traditional theater environment. After all, the theatre is (most of the time) a vast establishment where experiments are usually not allowed.
Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir / Photo by http://www.mbl.is/ Skapti
The “Artist Theater” is a group of artists from different directions that make glamorous evenings of performances in the basement of The National Theater in Iceland.
The group was originally founded at Klink og Bank in 2004 and has been working together every now and then, ever since. In The Artist theater the audience can expect anything, the work is rarely rehearsed and the artist perform on each others work.
In arts — the joy of creation is often hidden in the final outcome and is therefore totally out of sight from the audiences. This is dissimilar to what takes place in the Artist theater, where the process of creation is often in real time and for that reason — very visible.
Snorri Ásmundsson, an artist and a member of the group wrote this to explain the phenomenon further:
The phenomenon of The Artist theater is in fact undefined, founded by performance artists who had the need to have a go at existing methodology and format of performances and the theater. In Iceland there exists a strong tradition for the art of performances, here a very unique scene has evolved. A scene that surely needs to be regularly explored. Our size and geometrical isolation certainly effects this need.
— Snorri Ásmundsson
Feedback of the past performances have been strong and seems to be significant in today´s Icelandic cultural life. The Artist Theater wants to evolve, awaken and contribute to all people who are ready to accept.
The Artist theater 2012: Snorri Ásmundsson, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Ingibjörg Magnadóttir, Ragnar Bragason, Saga Sigurðardóttir, Margrét Bjarnadóttir, Ragnar Kjartansson, Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir, Rakel McMahon, Ástrós Elísdóttir, Símon Birgisson and guests.