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Of Light // Reykjavik, Iceland


  • Tjarnarbio Theatre 12 Tjarnargata Reykjavík, West, 101 Iceland (map)

I will be serving silent Tea ceremony in the Tjarnarbio Theatre on July 22nd an hour prior to the premiere "OF Light". Please join me between 7:30-8:30pm and then stay to see this incredible performance offering...  Details and ticket link below

"American artist Samantha Shay will premiere an original performance called OF LIGHT at Tjarnabio in Reykjavik, Iceland. The project was developed over several workshops in and Iceland after Shay traveled to Iceland for what would be the first of many. The extremities of the quality of light in the country sent her on a personal exploration of light and dark as representations of personal initiation, and how human beings are light bearers. Coincidentally, Shay created the piece based around a poem by Danielle Vogel, called A Library of Light, which was written on the cliffs of Arnastapi around the same time. As the piece developed, celebrated performance artist Marina Abramovic was drawn to Shay’s ideas for this project; particularly the human body as a light source, and how the human voice, both invisible and perceptible, could be a representation of light. This mentorship deepened Shay’s process, and the piece evolved from conventional devised theatre to a durational incantation of celestial rhythm, performed almost entirely in darkness, enveloping the audience in sound from all sides; creating Shay’s riskiest and aesthetically unprecedented offering in her young career (she turns 27 this June).

Teaming up with musicians KA RYYN, who composed original choral and electronic pieces, Paul Evans, who helms Sound Engineering and Sound Design, and Nini Julia Bang, who incorprorates and performs traditional music originating from Kurdistan, Georgia, and Sardinia, Shay has made sound the connective tissue of the piece, rearranging and challenging the value system of our kinaesthetic awareness in live performance. The piece also includes musical performances from Bedroom Community artist Jodie Landau, and New York based actor and vocalist Emily Jackson."

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Earlier Event: July 10
Community Tea with WuDe