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  • Name:

    Kjartan or Bolli?

  • Created by:

    Hallveig Thorlacius and Helga Arnalds

  • Icelandic title:

    Kjartan eða Bolli

  • Director:

    Þórhallur Sigurðsson

  • Set design:

    Helga Arnalds

  • Costume design:

    Eva Signý Berger

  • Music:

    Ólafur Arnalds

  • Lighting design:

    Jóhann Bjarni Pálmason

  • Performers: Hallveig Thorlacius and Helga Arnalds
  • Producer:

    Coproduced by The Pocket Theatre and the 10 finger Theatre

  • When and where premièred?:

    National Theatre of Iceland oktober 2011

  • Webpage: www.tiufingur.is
  • Artform:

    Visual Theatre - Visual Lecture

  • Audience (suitable for?):

    13 years and up

  • Use of text:


  • Language of text:

    Available in Icelandic, Swedish and English

  • Length:

    35 - 40 min.

  • Excerpts from reviews:

    “The puppets, and in fact all theatre solutions, are sight for sore eyes, and I enjoyed seeing so many different technics used for the benefit of the Saga. The material is rich, the technique, stamp and artistic interpretation were diverse.” KHH Fréttatíminn.

    “ Helga´s puppets were tastefully made, especially the foster brothers into whom Hallveig and Helga got dressed into in a clever way. Gudrun was also an extremely elegant puppet. In my opinion the story thread was delivered quite successfully in the performance... Hallveig´s text was void of solemnity and generally speaking this was a fine perfomance that should convince the young generation that these Sagas are their buisness too.” Silja Aðalsteinsdóttir, TMM

    “It is the task of every generation to find ways to bring the cultural inheritage to new generatins. Recently I saw the theatre production KJARTAN or BOLLI? and then it became clear to me how much you can get across both to children and adults through puppet theatre. A puppet theatre priduction ins an excellent way to get our cultural heritage across. It is very important for the Icelandic nation that the old Sagas are kept alife in our culture.Therefore it is a question if such produtions should be a fixed part of our school system in all its stages”

    Styrmir Gunnarsson, Morgunblaðið.

    What is written, or better to say unwritten about LOVE, in the Sagas? This is among other themes at the „Mad Love Festival” here in Turku these days – seen with the eyes of Gudrun, the tragic hero of Laxdala Saga... These are the stories we love – in movies, books and gossip magazines...The Icelandic version of the Saga, Kjartan or Bolli? is told in a traditional way by Hallveig Thorlacius, who mangaes to tell it effortlesly and without hesitation. It is obvious that she belongs to an onbroken chain of female Icelandic story tellers... Helga Arnalds visualizes the story with an overhead projector, but with a second projector she creates living artistic paintings of Gudrun´s dreams using water, colours and oil. None of those pictures are taken directly from the story and they even do not fit together with the words and this is actually what makes the performance so interesting...

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  • Has the production toured?:


  • Info on recent tours:

    16. - 17. oktober 2012- Story telling Festival - Turku Finland 16. - 20. august 2012 - Dalsland Sweden - Festival Musidra Theatre

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  • Founded year? By? Members? Contact?:

    The 10 finger theatre was founded in 1993 by Helga Arnalds Contact: helga@tiufingur.is www.tiufingur tel.354-8953020

          • What is it?: Visual theatre performance based on the Icelandic Saga Laxdæla. We have made two versions of the story. One that is produced for the National Theatre in Iceland and was performed mainly for students studying the Sagas in the schools. The other version is a visual lecture on the sagas aimed at grown ups and available for turing. Laxdæla is a romantic triangle love story – one strong and beautiful woman and two strong and proud men who have grown up together and are best friends. This is drama of politics, passion, pride, jealousy and tragic love. It is full of dreams and prophecies, strong women move the men around like in chess by pushing their buttons of pride and honour.