11 December 2019
For their first production Reykjavík Ensemble engaged twelve performers, artists living and working in Iceland, representing different languages and cultural background (American, Austrian, Serbian, Columbian, Galician, German, Icelandic, Indonesian, Mexican, Polish, Spanish, Swedish). Directed by Pálína Jónsdóttir, together they created a physical testimony, stating the urgency they feel to take action in making their voices heard on the Icelandic theatre scene. 
Opening Ceremony is an alchemical fusion of the corporeal, textual, musical and visual language of theatre. The group directed by Pálína Jónsdóttir created a metamorphic, dream-like journey, a mosaic composition, compiled with sequences of events, discovered through the practice of improvisation. Pálína included fragments of material from local foreign-born authors, who are affiliated with Reykjavík Ensemble, among them are Mazen Maarouf, Ewa Marcinek and Elías Knorr.
“What drives me to make theatre is my curiosity of discovering the mystery of what compels human behavior and what it feels to be a human being. For me that’s the core of theatre and the reason why I love and chose theatre as a medium to plug into and connect with artists and audiences. Art is an international language that we share and I am trying to make theatre art that lends itself to the idea of poetic, physical theatre creating tragically divine comedies. I am engaged in orchestrating the interaction between the actor and the material to reach a desired artistic and intellectual potential to institute the subconscious reality of who we are,” explains Pálína. 
Opening Ceremony is a devised theatre piece, a dynamic collaboration, ignited and constructed through materials programmed by Reykjavík Ensemble for the inaugural theatrical year of 2020. It’s a theatre performance teaser, an ode to creativity and the newfound diverse artistic community. 
Presented in Tjarnarbíó on the 11th of December Opening Ceremony launched the existence of the company, celebrating the international artists community in the form of a theatrical teaser to give an insight into some of the materials programmed by Reykjavik Ensemble for 2020. 
"We see Opening Ceremony as a start of a long-term project aimed at changing the reality of foreign artists living in Iceland from exclusion to inclusion and to create a theatre for new diverse audiences," confirms Pálína Jónsdóttir. 
Opening Ceremony 
11th December 2019 at 20:00
Pálína Jónsdóttir is a theatre and opera director born in Iceland. She received her MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University in 2017 under the tutelage of Anne Bogart and Brian Kulick. Pálína has performed numerous roles in her career both on stage and in films. Pálína serves as a part-time teacher of drama at the University of the Arts in Iceland. www.palinajonsdottir.com
Elías Knörr
Post-Icelandic performer and flamboyant protozoo, flagbearer of the Ginnungastefna movement and award-winning poet who lives under your bed. 
Jordic Mist
From 2016 to 2018 he attended acting training at the Royal School of Speech and Drama. In March 2019 he debuted as Juan in the play Yerma by Federico García Lorca with Magnetico Theatre Company in London. 
José Luis Alexander Anderson Esquivel
Singer/songwriter and performer born and raised in Mexico, based in Reykjavik. 
Studies: BA in Music, singing terminal line. IG: @andervels 
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3MY7PjUChXLi7RiAjega95
Jördis Florentine Richter
Born and raised in Berlin, Jördis has a diploma in classic stage performing, acted, danced and sung on stages all over Germany, in Amsterdam, The London Royal Opera House and the infamous Schaubuehne in Berlin. Jördis has been in several German and international movie projects and has lately been barefoot in Myrvatn for Terrence Malick's new project.
Juan Camilo Roman Estrada is an intercultural performance practitioner. He lives in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he has been involved in different forms of theatre, poetry and cinema.
Magdalena Tworek is an interdisciplinary chameleon rooted in the world of business sprouting in different art fields. Graduate of art therapy program from Gdańsk Medical University; theatre, music and film production courses from Danish Folk School and a theatre practitioner. Inspired by eastern philosophies used in search for Katharsis.
Ragnar Samùel Pierresson
Swedish and Icelandic actor who moved to Iceland in 2019. Graduated from a 2-year acting school in Sweden and has been involved in several theatre projects and movies. 
Patrycja Bączek
Interested in healing arts, exploring therapeutic connection between movement, images and words, performer, actress, dancer. 
Paulina Krzeczkowska
An interdisciplinary artist based in a field of acting and dancing. In the years 2016-2018 connected with The Grotowski Institute. Worked as an actress and performer at several studios and theatres. Paulina has taken part of movement residencies in France, Portugal and Romania. Graduated from TIP- School for Dance, Improvisation and Performance 2018. Currently based in Reykjavik. IG: paulina_krzeczkowska
Sandrayati Fay
Performance artist/singer-songwriter born and raised in Indonesia with Filipino/Irish-American roots. Studied undergraduate at Emerson College and Berklee in Boston. Currently in Reykjavik as an experiment… and for love. IG: @sandrayatifay
Sonja Kovačević 
Austrian theatre maker based in Iceland. Sonja studied acting, obtained a Mag. title in theatre-, film and media studies at the Univ. of Vienna and an MFA in Performing Arts from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. 
Tinna Þorvalds Önnudóttir
Icelandic actress and singer. She graduated with a BA degree in acting from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in London and studies classical singing with Alina Dubik at Reykjavik College of Music. www.tinnathorvald.com 
Creative and Production Team
angela rawlings is an interdisciplinary artist whose books include Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists (Coach House Books, 2006), si tu (MaMa, 2017), and Sound of Mull (Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, 2019). She holds a PhD from University of Glasgow in Theatre and Performance Studies. www.arawlings.is
Anna Halldorsdóttir is a composer and sound designer. She has worked on theatre and film projects in Iceland, USA and Mongolia. Website with her musical work: www.fossfin.com
Auður Bergdís Snorradóttir
Icelandic actress, choreographer and theatre maker. Graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art 2016.
Camille Faivre d'Arcier is passionate about arts, music and cultural event production. She has been involved in coordinating several festivals and events in Iceland (TEDxReykjavik, Eistnaflug, Sofar Sounds) and is about to go study event production management in France.
Ewa Marcinek is a writer and project manager. One of the founding members of multilingual publishing group Ós Pressan, a poet at Poetry Brothel Reykjavik, an author collaborating with Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature. www.ewamarcinek.com 
Juliette Louste is travelling around the world to study and work in the Art field since more than 15 years. Dancer and choreographer, teacher and improviser, she is also a light designer and technical director. She co-founded PerkImBa, Lonely Riders and her own company.
Kim Wagenaar is an international Music & Event Manager jumping around in the entertainment industry, graduated from the University of the Arts in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Having worked for record companies, international artists, and produced multiple series of events, she now finds herself in the world of theatre production.
Naila Zahin Ana is a writer, blogger and activist from Bangladesh. Before moving to Iceland as an ICORN writer she was part of her local 'Brikkhotol' theatre group in Dhaka as assistant director and actor.
Nanna Gunnars is a performer, producer, writer and festival director. She co-runs immersive theatre/technology company Huldufugl, is the artistic director of Reykjavík Fringe Festival and a deputy representative of Iceland at Nordic Baltic Festival Platform.
Martyna Daniel is a painter, cinematographer and project manager based in Iceland. She founded and directed the artist-run space Listastofan from 2014 to 2019. She recently closed Listastofan to hop on new exciting adventures and continues to work on projects aiming to enrich the cultural life of Reykjavik.
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