21 May — 5 June 2016
 
V Bloodhoof ens

Bloodhoof 

Umbra Ensemble 

Tjarnarbíó Theatre 
June 1 20:30

Price: 4.400 ISK.
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Umbra ensemble will premiere a new Music Theater piece by composer Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, based on the epic telling, Bloodhoof, by poet Gerður Kristný and staged by choreographer Saga Sigurðardóttir. 
 
Gerður Gymisdóttir the giant maiden tells her story in Bloodhoof, how Freyr sent his envoy, Skírnir, riding the horse Blóðhófnir to fetch her from the land of giants. 
Gerður wishes to stay in the land of giants, where the rivers run through her every vein, but she is made powerless with spells and threats. 
 
Love had indeed come 
armed to the teeth 
 
with an envoy brandishing 
a hate-infused sword 
 
its haft carved in cruelty 
 
Bloodhoof is based on an ancient Eddic poem, artfully re-cast into modern verse by Gerður Kristný for which she was rewarded the Icelandic literary awards in 2010 and nominated for the Nordic Literary awards in 2012.  Umbra performs with historic instruments and voices. In collaboration with choreographer Saga Sigurðardóttir, they will create a performance on the stage of Tjarnarbíó, where the epic of Gerður Gymisdóttir will again become a new poem through their instruments, voices and movement.  .  
 
Performers: Alexandra Kjeld, contrabass, vocals; Arngerður María Árnadóttir, celtic harp, harmonium, vocals; Guðbjörg Hlín Guðmundsdóttir, baroque violin, vocals; Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, baroque viola, vocals; Lilja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir, vocals 
 
Music: Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir  
Text: Gerður Kristný  
Staging: Saga Sigurðardóttir  
Projection: Tinna Kristjánsdóttir  
Costume and visual assistance: Edda Guðmundsdóttir