Lókal - international theatre festival will be held November 26 - December 6. This year’s program is especially exciting. In recent years, Lókal has emphasized works in progress. The works range from being first drafts, or in the middle of a research or development process, to works already premiered. The festival celebrates this delicate rendezvous, where everything is fragile and we see the working process as exciting and rewarding in itself. Lókal celebrates slowness, minimal production and artistic pursuit.

At this year's festival, there are seven Icelandic works, finished ones as well as works in progress, and one piece from a highly respected foreign performance group.

Lókal publishes publications this year: Syrpa - a sample of stage scripts, (Syrpa - sýnisrit sviðshandrita) which contains samples of scripts for performing arts, from the various performing artists in Reykjavík. Supported by Icelandic Literature Center.

Lókal holds a Script writing Workshop in collaboration with Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature and Reykjavík City Library. Instructors are authors Friðgeir Einarsson and Kristín Eiríksdóttir.

COVID: To attend the shows in Tjarnarbíó we need the audience to provide a negative rapid antigen test result. The test is free. You can book one here, the day before:

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Let´s celebrate performances in a responsible way. Remember the mask




I want to have a heart to heart conversation with my mother before it’s too late, but I have never been able to make that happen in real life. Until I asked her to help me with a school project. She's very supportive of my education. So now we will meet on stage and try to figure out what we can and can’t talk about. We don’t want to talk about cancer or death but maybe it’s a good time to plan the funeral.


Sigríður Eir, Sif Vígþórsdóttir, Brett Smith and Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir

Thanks: Everybody that helped me, you know who you are.

Sigríður Eir Zophoníasardóttir or Sigga is a performance artist educated from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. Sigga is a country girl as she was raised in Hallormsstaður, one of Iceland's very few forests. Her career as a performance artist started with living room performances and concerts for her family where the actors were few, underpaid and often unwillingly participating. Sigga is an emotional being. Her practise is based in processing of personal experience and the subconscious, her own inner life and intuition, where she tries to find the distinction between wisdom and hysteria, the private and public, micro and macro. She zooms in on her personal stories, and sometimes overshares, to make sense of the bigger context of things, hoping that it is of any relevance to others. She is also one of two members of A Band Called Eva, a queer, feminist and slow performance duo and band, who have been performing in the theatre and music scene in Iceland since 2013. They make songs about things that don´t have songs but we need to sing about like collarbones, menstruation blood and female masturbation.





How many children do you want to have? When are you having children? What? You don’t want to have children? That will change when you get older, believe me. You know you don’t have all the time in the world. You will change your mind when you have your first child. You won’t regret it. No one regrets it. What? Are you tired? But you have no children. Just imagine if you had three children. Then you would be tired. But kids are so lovely. They give life meaning. You will not regret having children.


Iris’s research based performance dives into the world of women you choose not to have children and their experiences living as women in a world that idealizes motherhood. The performance is based on Iris’s interviews with women who all choose a childfree lifestyle.

Creator: Íris Stefanía Skúladóttir

Thanks to all the women who shared their stories

Iris is a performance artist and curator who has worked with women's bodies and lives in her work. She emphasizes pleasure, taboo, shame and longing. The right of women to do what they want with their bodies and their lives has been the starting point in Iris's work. Among other things, she has collected and published women's masturbation stories and held story circles where stories related to the subject are told. She has made a radio play about older women and their right to be sexual beings and she is currently working on a show about women who choose not to have children, that will premiere at Lókal 2021. The show, a story circle about the topic, is called But I don’t want to have children. Iris will also have an off venue event about orgasmic births.





Photo: Helen Korpak

"Hunden Bakom Mannen" is a new performance by Losti Collective about the 97 Greenlandic sled dogs who were the first dogs to set their paws on the South Pole.

In 1909 two men had the same idea: to be the first humans to walk on the South Pole. One of the men was a British naval officer, named Robert Falcon Scott, and the other man was the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. The two men and their respective teams began to compete for time and raced in the direction of the South Pole as the media back home watched.

Scott, the British man, tried reaching his goal by using horses and primitive snowmobiles and subsequently died trying. Amundsen, the Norwegian, got the help of Greenlandic sled dogs to transport him towards the South Pole, a goal that he reached on the 15th of December in 1911. However, this is not the story of these men.

This is the story of the 97 dogs upon whom Amundsen based his victory.

Authors and performers: Selma Reynisdóttir & Hallveig Kristín Eiríksdóttir

Costumes: Ella Snellman

Lighting Design: Pyry Pakkala Petterberg

Composer: Eygló Höskuldsdóttir Viborg

Dramaturge: Gígja Sara Björnsson

Scenography: Oscar Dempsey

Guidance and lecture on the Greenlandic Sled Dog: Pipaluk Lykke

Photography: Gunnlöð Jóna Rúnarsdóttir & Helen Korpak

Created with the support of Lókal International Theatre Festival, Dansverkstæðið,

Reykjavíkurborg, Nordic Culture Point, Letterstedska föreningen & Nordisk Kulturfond

Losti Collective is a performance group based in Iceland and Finland. Their work is mainly based on dance and non-verbal storytelling. Its core members are Selma Reynisdóttir, dancer and choreographer (Finland) and Hallveig Kristín Eiríksdóttir, director and performance artist (Iceland). In Hunden bakom mannen, the group collaborates with dramaturge Gígja Sara Björnsson, composer Eygló Höskuldsdóttir Viborg, costume designer Ella Snellman, scenographer Oscar Dempsey and lighting designer Pyry Pakkala Petterberg. The group's members have worked together in various constellations since 2018.






Photo: Maria - Magdalena Ianchis.

Is it hard to be a human?

Then take a break and come on a plant-oriented trip to Reykjanes with Mannyrkjustöðin. We tour our guests through a seemingly barren landscape looking for plants, expanding our senses and connecting with the environment. Participants might find a new perspective, a plant-oriented worldview that comes in handy when dealing with global warming, midlife crisis and everyday stress.

Pick up: Tjarnarbíó, Tjarnargata 12.

Timeframe: 12- 4:30 pm

The trip will be approximately 4 - 5 hours and is child friendly.

If children are under 12 years old, it is required to bring car seat.

You will get: water, lunch and coffee.

Costume servers: Hrefna Lind Lárusdóttir og Búi Bjarmar Aðalsteinsson

Búningar: Geirþrúður Einarsdóttir

Vídeó: Sigurður Unnar Birgisson

About Mannyrkjustöðin (Human expansion station)

Our goal is to establish a connection with nature and promote selfcare. Plants are excellent teachers and we have much to learn from them. That’s why we say “Everyone has an inner plant” used as a metaphor that can help us in dealing with feelings, relationships etc.

Hrefna Lind Lárusdóttir is a performance artists that works across discipline, performance, visual art, music and design. Hrefna’s work is about creating a space where the surreal meets the mundane, where she feels like there is a potential for a juxtaposition and a gap for further conversation about how we perceive the ordinary things in life. Hrefna is a co-founder of the Post Performance Blues Band, The Plant becoming project, where people can grow their inner plant and curates and teaches artwork in prisons within the project Breaking barriers. Hrefna studied contemporary performance at Naropa University and Art academy of Iceland.

Búi Bjarmar Aðalsteinsson is a designer who has been researching the connection of design with other forms of art and examined how ideas about design can be used in a new context. Recently, he has been exploring the boundaries of performance and design, where the qualities of the magnificent moment are brought into everyday life. The scenery, props, costumes and progressions weave into the urban landscape and participants get to explore the adventures that surround us.

Búi graduated from psychology at the University of Iceland, product design from the Iceland Academy of the Arts and social design and art from the Design Academy in Eindhoven. Búi is also a co-founder and service representative of Plant Becoming Project.

Stage artist Ragnar Ísleifur Bragason was born in Reykjavik in 1977. For the past years he has been involved in dance- and theater performances with 16lovers and Kriðpleir as well as other groups. He has written his own play and taught at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and the LungAschool in Seyðisfjörður. He graduated from the Theory and Practice department at The Iceland Academy of the Arts.

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Limited tickets are available.



Photo: Ragnheiður Harpa Leifsdóttir

The work is an artistic study in which we explore at how nursing of spirit and body is integrated, where the threads of art and healing come together. A nurse, a poet and musicians come together to celebrate and explore the work of healing.

Author: Ragnheiður Harpa Leifsdóttir

Dramaturgy: Eva Rún Snorradóttir

Performers: Donna Hermannsdóttir, Guðrún Yrsa Ómarsdóttir, Ragnheiður Harpa Leifsdóttir, Helen Inga S. von Ernst.

2 p.m. At Holtsgata 1, the artist’s home.


Supported by Reykjavík Cultural funds.



JUST PRETEND THIS IS REAL (Work in Progress/Process)


A human-specific performance where we explore man and the monster within them. How can man progress in our modern times without facing consequences and taking responsibility for his actions? There are two sides to every coin…

Performers: Tryggvi Gunnarsson and Sigurður Arent Jónsson.

Artistic leader: Hannes Óli Ágústsson

Dramaturg: Karl Ágúst Þorbergsson

Scenography and Costume design: Sara Hjördís Blöndal.

When: Sunday 28. November, 16.00-18.30

6 performances every half an hour: 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30 ,18:00 og 18:30.

Only 6 audiences per performance.

When ordering tickets, please note which time would suit best.

Where: Gröndalshús


1000 kr. per ticket



The Call Center is open from sunday 28. november til monday the 6. desember.

You can call any time to experience three short performances. The performances are works in progress.

Call Center number: 4971301

The artists took part in a short Lókal residence in 2020, and the pieces are works in progress

Artists: Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir, Birnir Jón Sigurðsson og Margrét Bjarnadóttir.

Birnir is an artist working with text and visual mediums. His topics involve, amongst others, nature, climate change and communication in the smart age. He is a member of devised theatre groups CGFC and Love & karaoke.

Margrét Bjarnadóttir is a multidisciplinary artist, working in the fields of dance, performance, visual arts and writing. Recent works include the guitar ballet, No Tomorrow, in collaboration with Ragnar Kjartansson and the Iceland Dance Company as well as choreographing Björk´s staged concerts, Utopia and Cornucopia.

Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir is an artist and poet. Her subjects often revolve around language and sound as she weaves performances and music into her works. Her latest book, Forevernoon, is forthcoming in English translation.

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Wednesday 1. dec

They have no pictures on the walls is an artistic research project that aims at in-depth research of the Polish immigrant community in Iceland. Developing an extensive anthropological overview of that demographic, finally creating a mutual plane for discussion and interaction betwixt Icelandic and immigrant populations through a non-fiction publication, which will be launched in the Reykjavík City Library in Gerðuberg in 2022, and an art exhibition at Gallery RÝMD in December 2021.

Lukas Bury, based in Reykjavik is a visual artist with a Polish and German background, interested in historical understanding and the narrative power of images.

Through the making of paintings, accompanied by writing – both, external as a generator of discourse, but also embedded into the surface of the canvas, he analyses cultural contexts, historical narratives and modern-day virtual iconoclasm. With the incorporation of peculiar perspectives, his motifs tackle pertinent political issues and depict the inner strife of a second-generation immigrant, who became a global citizen after being born into a Western-European country.

Lukas studied in the MA program at the Listaháskóli Íslands, the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan.

Weronika Balcerak

(b. 1996) based in Reykjavik is a visual artist from Poland working with textile, video and prints. Her work reflects on the controversies embedded within the culture of her place of origin. Weronika studies in the BA program at the Iceland University of the Arts.

12.p.m. Lecture at lunchtime. Tjarnarbíó.

Free entrance - but order a spot here

Final night of the playwriting workshop Lókal is hosting in collaboration with The City libary and Reykjavík

8.p.m Gröndalshús.



Photo by Maria Baranova

A Thousand Ways is a three-part performance in which you are the actor and you are the audience. Your words, actions, gestures, silence, thoughts, and willingness are the tools. You need no training. You are the expert.

Obie Award-winning theatre-makers, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, known for exhilarating performances that challenge the very definition of theater, have created a quietly radical response to this new world with A Thousand Ways. Taking place over several months, each distinct instalment presents a new chance at making contact with a stranger. It is a chance at being heard, a brave moment to show up.

This is an invitation. Will you attend?

You and another person, seated at a table, separated by a pane of glass, a stack of cards between you. A new type of theater emerges.

In a time when our already-strained co-existences and interactions are further fractured and flattened by virtual gatherings, A Thousand Ways: Part Two is your chance to reconsider what you think you know about a person– including yourself. This elucidating experience is the second instalment in a triptych that explores the lines between strangeness and kinship, distance and proximity. Everything we need is already here, just you and me.



Written & created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone

Executive Producer: Thomas O. Kriegsmann / ArKtype

Line Producer: Sami Pyne

Dramaturg & Project Design: Andrew Kircher

This production was commissioned by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, Stanford Live at Stanford University, Festival Theaterformen, and The Public Theater, and was originally commissioned and co-conceived by Temple Contemporary at Temple University, USA. Original support for the production was provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia.

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Photo: Saga Sigurðardóttir.

Ásrún Magnúsdóttir and Halla Þórlaug Óskarsdóttir

Best friends since six years of age, they have been there for each other but they have also not been there. This work is a reckoning of the teenage years, a research on coming of age through friendship. About two hidden worlds from their past; the church youth club and MSN messenger. They welcome the audience to participate in a Youth Club session in Hallgrímskirkja church basement.

This piece is a work in progress, and has been for the past three years, starting as a part of Umbúðalaust project in Reykjavík City Theatre (Borgarleikhúsið), originally meant to be performed there.

Life (and pandemic) has happened quite spectacularly since then, affecting the work and delaying the process. Since friendship and relationships are ever-evolving, Ásrún and Halla have welcomed this processing-period, with humility, but are grateful for now having the chance to perform the current version of this work in process, before an audience.

Ásrún Magnúsdóttir was born in Reykjavík in the late eighties. Her work aims to stretch the dominant modes of dance and choreography and has been received well at home and abroad, as made apparent by her numerous festival appearances, awards and nominations. Currently, she is interested in working with people that have not given dance or dancing much thought and trying to make invisible choreographies visible. She is interested in amplifying voices that she feels might be heard better; giving the stage to other people to speak up, be seen and listened to.

Her works has toured in Europe where she has also given workshops for professionals and amateurs alike.

Halla Þórlaug Óskarsdóttir is a writer and a culture journalist. She's worked in different media, such as newspapers and radio, where she's hosted different cultural radio shows. Her poetry-novella Quiet game, published in 2020, received the Maístjarnan awards for the best book of poetry published in Iceland that year. Her previous work with writing for theatre involves She's my Dad, a one man's show collaboration with Trigger Warning theatre group, and Sleeping masks, a radio theatre piece, broadcasted in 2016.

We welcome you to a meeting with your inner teenager, in the safe-space of a church's basement.

Produced by City Theater in Reykjavík (Borgarleikhúsið)

At 6. P.M. and 8. P.M.

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