Performance: February 17, 23 & 24, 2007
Participants: Ingibjörg Magnadóttir, Kristín Eiríksdóttir, Ásmundur Ásmundsson, Karin Rydberg, Nils Granberg, Emily Johansson, John Wreibo Lindqwister, Per Mårdh, Eva-Maria Ovin, Anna-Linnea Svensson, Carl-Eric Björkman, Ulf Maxson, Louisa Yaa Aisin, Adjovi Folly, Mattias Malmgren, Anna Westerberg & Siv Heurlin
Duration: 2,5 hours
I’m Crying Everyone’s Tears. King of Sorrow is a hardcore performance about love, death, hatred and sex, disrespectfully and playfully referring to the history of film, theatre and performance. Red curtains, interval between act one and two, a “film noir” woman committing suicide, a masturbating Lolita, Charlie Chaplin as a necrophile, 500 eggs and a lot of hats are some of the ingredients in this collage-like performance. Magnadóttir and Eiríksdóttir invent 34 different characters in a form of non-acting to bring out spontaneous and unpredictable actions and reactions. Inspired by David Lynch’s movie Mulholland Drive, they want to create a disintegrated piece of art by recycling worn out stereotypes. They question the frames of theatre and art by using the forbidden and the banal, at the same time creating a new system according to their own logic.
Provoked by the perceived regulations of theatre and art, Ingibjörg Magnadóttir and Kristín Eiríksdóttir (born in 1974 and in 1981 in Iceland, live and work in Reykjavik) want to demolish the power structures within both art forms. The theatrical, poetic and artistic balancing act is of major importance to them. For a long time, they have concentrated their work on God, where they use the quantum universe as an entrance point.