Strengir - Strings




Rósa Ómarsdóttir was in charge of choreography and designed one of the 8 rooms under the direction of Vinnslan.



About the work


What is behind the scenes?


Strengir (Strings) is a devised durational mixed media performance by Vinnslan where the real and the artificial in theatre is explored. Strings looks behind the masks and the scenes in the creative making process; when are the performers performing, when are the artists real, and when are they honest, even vulnerable – or is it even possible in front of an audience?


Tools like repetition and playing with exhaustion can help to explore this and 8 different spaces backstage in a theatre are devised and used where performers, musicians, visual artists, light designer, costume designer, dramaturge etc. are place.


With exploring and finding the inner self and with physical exhaustion – repetition and cintinuanity for 4 hours – the material grows. The audience will witness the process – the process is the art work.


24 artists participate in Strengir:



Vala Ómarsdóttir, director and performer

Harpa Fönn Sigurjónsdóttir, producer

Guðmundur Ingi Þorvaldsson, performer

Biggi Hilmars, music direction and performer

María Kjartans, visual direction and video installation

Arnar Ingvarsson, light design and performer

Starri Hauksson, bar managment


Guest Artists:

Hinrik Þór, dramaturg

Kristína Berman, costumes, props and set design

Guðrún Bjarnadóttir, actress

María Dalberg, actress

Hallur Ingólfsson, actor

Rósa Ómarsdóttir, choreographer

Heba Eir Kjeld, dancer

Elín Signý, dancer

Jón Stefán Sigurðsson, set design

Ástþór Ágústsson, set design

Ragnar Már Nikulásson, visual artist

Einar Indra, musician

Hallvarður Ásgeirsson, musician

Ingibjörg Elsa Turchi, musician

Ísak Örn Guðmundsson, musician

Kristinn Ágústsson, technician

Elvar Smári Júlíusson, graphic designer


Performed in Tjarnabíó in October 2014




4 stars - "One of the most exciting theatre in the city."

-DV, daily newspaper in Iceland.


"The artistic theatre group Vinnslan invites the audience to an interesting and unconventional performance in Tjarnabíó. The group has always been recognized for it's specific approaches and being unafraid of experimental and original ways of using space and different artistic mediums. 

One could write for long about the different links of thought that were raised in this imaginative and creative performance."

-Hugrás, Journal of the Humanities Studies in the University of Iceland


"I watched persistent artists dealing with what scares them most; the fear of constant repetition, the fear of unoriginality, the fear of being boring and the fear of showing the personal and vulernable which often is not staged. After four years in this exaggerated world that was created, I felt like after a good cry, I was exhauted and refreshed. I want to thank everyone who participated in the perofmance for going beyond their limit and mine in the meantime."

-Starafugl, Bryndís Ósk Þ. Ingvarsdóttir


"I want to go again" 
"How these strings pull you away from the stage and into these little corners of the theatre is very clever and worked in an exciting way." 
-Listaukinn, a radioshow at The National Radio 


"We had to go many circles - it was not enough to just visit each room once." "The theme is the fear of going outside the box and create. That was the throughline. 

-Djöflaeyjan, cultural program at The National Television