Iceland's international artists win home awards!

20. Jun 2011

Gríman, The Iceland Theatre Awards, were held in The Reykjavík City Theatre on the 16th of June and broadcasted live on Channel 2.

The awards, presented for the ninth time covered sixteen categories. Plus the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Oddur Björnsson, one of the nation´s foremost playwright.

Iceland's international artists win home awards! Some of Iceland´s foremost international artists scooped many of the top awards, and Director of the Year was the Australian Benedict Andrews. He directed The Production of the Year 2011, King Lear by William Shakespeare, staged by The National Theatre of Iceland. Andrews is highly acclaimed and one of the most sought after Australian theatre directors of his generation. He is a regular guest at The Sidney Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir, and the Schaubuhne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin. He has recently directed The Return of Ulysses by Claudio Monteverdi at the Young Vic in London, and is currently staging The Seagull by Chekhov in the Belvoir Theatre in Sidney, Australia. The show also won Actor of The Year - Leading Role, which was Arnar Jónsson for his interpretation of King Lear, as well as Actor and Actress of the Year - Supporting Roles, Atli Rafn Sigurðsson and Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir. 

Hildur Ingveldardóttir Guðnadóttir won Music / Soundscape of the Year for music in the production. Guðnadóttir is a cello player and a composer, based in Berlin. She has made music for plays, dance performances and films, pieces for chamber orchestras, various instruments, voices and electronica. She has worked with artists such as Jóhann Jóhannsson, Skúli Sverrisson, Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Angel, Ben Frost and Stillupsteypa. She recently co - composed a live soundtrack to Derek Jarman´s 1980 film In the Shadow of the Sun with Throbbing Gristle

Iceland's international artists win home awards! Costumes of the Year went to Filippía I. Elísdóttir for costumes in the play The Tempest, staged by The Reykjavík City Theatre, directed by the highly acclaimed Lithuanian director, Oskaras Korsukovas. Elísdóttir is one of Iceland´s most successful costume and set designer and has worked as such both in Iceland and abroad. Among recent works are costume design for the play Peer Gynt in Luzern in Switzerland, which was directed by another Icelander, Þorleifur Örn Arnarsson, Hamlet in Odense Theater in Denmark, and Galdra - Loftur in SOF Theater in Norway. 

Singer of the Year went to Ólafur Kjartan Sigurðsson for his role in the opera Rigoletto, staged by the Icelandic Opera. Sigurðsson works in Iceland, England and Germany as a opera singer. Sigurðsson has also received awards abroad, in 2006 he received Audience Awards in Opera Holland Park for his interpretation of Rigoletto and last year he won Singer of the Year at the Opera in Saarbrucken for the interpretation of Jochanaan in Salome. His future projects are the role of Pizarro in Fidelio by the Opera in Saarbrucken, Rigoletto by the Volksoper in Vienna and the role of Alberich in a new production of The Ring of the Nibelung by the Opera in Darmstadt. 

Iceland's international artists win home awards! Gunnlaugur Egilsson received Dancer of the Year for his role in the dance performance Brothers staged by Pars Pro Toto in collaboration with The Reykjavík Arts Festival and The National Theatre of Iceland. Egilsson has been one of Iceland´s most successful dancers. He has worked with Ballet des Jeunes d´Europe in France, Ballet du Grand Theatre du Geneve in Switzerland and The Royal Swedish Ballet in Sweden. He has also worked with some of Europe´s most critically acclaimed choreographers, for example Mats Ek and John Neumeier. In the most recent years, he has choreographed pieces for the Royal Swedish Ballet, The Cullberg Ballet in Sweden, Orion Teatern, Dramaten and the Iceland Dance Company. He has received numerous grants and awards from Iceland, Sweden, Denmark and Canada.

Choreographer of the Year went to Valgerður Rúnarsdóttir and the group for choreography in the dance production Marine Fuzz, staged by Reykjavík Dance Festival. Rúnarsdóttir danced for many years with the Iceland Dance Company and is currently working on her own creations, as well as working as a dancer for the belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in the performances Origine and Babel, which received the Laurence Olivier Awards as the Best New Dance Production this year. She has also worked with one of Iceland´s most successful contemporary dancer and choreographer, Erna Ómarsdóttir on We are All Marlene Dietrich and Teach Us how to Outgrow our Madness, which have both toured around Europe. 

Iceland's international artists win home awards! A puppetry show received Children Show of the Year, Gilitrutt, by Bernd Ogrodnik in collaboration with Benedikt Erlingsson, staged by Brúðuheimar. Brúðuheimar is an arts and culture center, built around the art of puppetry. Recently, the center held the first international puppetry festival, The Borgarnes International Puppet Festival. This year the main emphasis was on Scandinavian puppetry. Honorary guest was the Swedish puppetry pioneer Michael Meschke, the founder of the Marionetteatern in Stockholm. Other international guests were for example the Finnish theatre Sixfingers, Sofie Krog and Astrid Kjær from Denmark and Nicolas Gousseff from France. 

Radio Piece Award went to The Deep by Jón Atli Jónasson. The Deep also won the Scandinavian Radio Awards, which was announced on the 17th of June. It was premiered on the National Radio this year, but it has also been performed as a stage piece in Iceland and abroad. 

Playwright of the Year went to Auður Jónsdóttir and Ólafur Egill Egilsson, for the play The People in the Basement, staged by the City Theatre, Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir won Actress of the Year - Lead role for her role in the play Taking Care of Baby, staged by Reykjavík City Theatre, Set of the Year went to Halla Gunnarsdóttir for set in the play Shockheaded Peter, staged by The Reykjavík City Theatre, Lighting of the year went to Björn Bergsteinn Guðmundsson for lighting in the play The Tempest, staged by the Reykjavík City Theatre and the Audience Award went to the play Out of Order, staged by the Reykjavík City Theatre. 

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