Reykjavik Ensemble: Polishing Iceland

REYKJAVÍK ENSEMBLE has received the title of ‘Reykjavík’s Art Group 2020.’ The first theatre company established to include international artists living in Iceland opens its inaugural season on March 11th with Polishing Iceland.
Polishing Iceland is a physical theatre performance conceived and directed by Pálína Jónsdóttir, based on an autobiographical short story collection by Polish author Ewa Marcinek. The play explores the experience of a Polish immigrant finding her way in Iceland. Pálína Jónsdóttir ’s direction turns confusion into comedy, fear into action. Through sensual and surreal physical theatre, Polishing Iceland conveys a universal story about looking for human connection and understanding beyond words.

I have copyrights to the ‘Lost in Iceland’ brand.
— Polishing Iceland by Ewa Marcinek

The production features humorous and deeply touching narration with translingual dialogues in English, Icelandic, and Polish. Cast members hail from Poland, Iceland, and Denmark:
Magdalena Tworek, Pétur Óskar Sigurðsson, and Michael Richardt. A physical performer, Magdalena Tworek embodies the leading role of Polishing Iceland. Pétur Óskar Sigurðsson is well-known to Icelandic audiences for his roles in Ófærð , Grimmd , and Andið eðlilega. An established international performance artist, Michael Richardt joins Reykjavík Ensemble for his Icelandic premiere. Icelandic-Canadian interdisciplinary artist Angela Rawlings acts as dramaturg and stage manager for the production. The play will premiere on March 11th in Tjarnarbíó.

They say that we, the polishing people, we are running away from
small salaries and social problems in our country. But if we are running away, it would be rather from broken hearts, broken dreams, broken pride.

— Polishing Iceland by Ewa Marcinek
Polishing Iceland
20:30, 11th, 15th and 25th of March
Tickets 3.900kr at
Director: Pálína Jónsdóttir
Dramaturg/stage manager: angela rawlings
Writer/producer: Ewa Marcinek
Cast: Magdalena Tworek, Michael Richardt, Pétur Óskar Sigurðsson
Light design: Juliette Louste
Sound design: Anna Halldórsdóttir
Marketing and production team:
Bryndís Jónatansdóttir, David Nelson, Emma-Line Solander Aubry, Kim Wagenaar, Martyna
Daniel, Michael Godden, Naila Zahin Ana
For more information please contact:
International Theatre Company
Pálína Jónsdóttir / artistic director +3546966939
Ewa Marcinek / project manager +3546151222