16 Lovers is a performance group based in Iceland.
The lovers are: Aðalbjörg Þóra Árnadóttir, Brynja Björnsdóttir, Davíð Freyr Þórunnarson, Eva Rún Snorradóttir, Friðgeir Einarsson, Gunnar Karel Másson, Hlynur Páll Pálsson, Karl Ágúst Þorbergsson, Ragnar Ísleifur Bragason, Saga Sigurðardóttir and Ylfa Ösp Áskelsdóttir. 16 Lovers is a democratic performance group, devising performances based on unilateral decisions by all members of the group.
16 Lovers do therefore not have a single director, set designer, author etc. We are all authors and makers of our performances.
Aðalbjörg graduated from the acting program at Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2005. She has performed with the City Theater of Reykjavík and with various independent groups. She has also appeared in TV shows, radio plays and short films. She is a member of the theatre company 16 lovers and is a founding member of The Professional Amateurs theatre group -http://ahugaleikhus-atvinnumanna.com/ as well as the theatre group Sodid svid-http://sodidsvid.com/ Aðalbjörg worked at Akureyri Theatre Company 2012-2014.
Brynja Björnsdóttir graduated from the Fine Arts department of the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2008 and from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2013, with an MA degree in scenography. Among the theatre works she has designed are set and costume design for Don´t hold your breath in Reykjavík City Theatre 2015. Set and costume design for Blue Eyes and African Grey in the Reykjavík City Theatre in 2014. Set design for the dance performance Skrattinn úr sauðarleggnum in The National Theatre in 2014 and Petra that premiered at the international theatre festival Lókal in the same year. The Elusive Portal at the National Theatre and The House of Bernarda Alba in the Reykjavík City Theatre in 2013; the dance piece The Jukebox which premiered at the Reykjavik Arts Festival in 2012 and Chameleon which premiered at the international theatre festival Lókal in the same year. She also designed the set for the pieces Mizzle Rock and After the End, which were both premiered in 2011. Brynja was nominated for the Icelandic performing arts award Gríma as the set designer of the year in 2011, for the set design in Mizzle Rock.
Davíð Freyr Þórunnarson
Davíð Freyr Þórunnarson graduated as an actor from the Film and Theatre School Holberg in Copenhagen in spring 2007 and he is now completing a masters degree in Cultural Management at the University of Bifröst . Davíð has been involved in various projects on stage , radio and on the screen, including the films Bjarnfreðarson and Órói, as well as numerous TV commercials and other TV shows, both domestically and abroad. His latest projects are the lead role in an advertising campaign for Prince Polo in Poland and a role in the international film, The Calculator. Davíð joined the performance group 16 lovers soon after graduation and has worked with them on the IKEA Travels, The Nigerian scam - work-in-progress, The Nigerian Scam and The Spectacle of the Year. Davíð has also worked with the theater company Óskabörn ógæfunnar, performing in the play The Night Before Christmas.
Eva Rún Snorradóttir
Eva Rún Snorradóttir graduated with BA in Contemporary Performance Practice from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in the spring of 2008. Eva Rún is one of the founding members and artistic directors of Kviss Búmm Bang, as well as being a founding member of the performance group 16 lovers. Her first collection of poems, The End of the World is With You all Your Life, was published in autumn 2013.
Friðgeir Einarsson works as an actor, director and author. Friðgeir graduated from the drama department of the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2008 with a B.A. degree in Contemporary Performance Practice. Since graduation he has worked independently and in collaboration with several independent actors, such as the performance groups Me and my friends and 16 lovers. In recent years Fridgeir has participated in performances such as Húmanímal, You're welcome, The Nigerian Scam and Turbulence, as well as acting in the TV series Heimsendir (The End of the World). The latest solo work by Friðgeir, titled Nothing, was shown in the Sequences festival in Reykjavik in 2011 and involved the release of a guidebook for laymen on the Meaning Accelerator. Friðgeir is also has a B.A. degree in Icelandic from the University of Iceland.
Gunnar Karel Másson
Gunnar Karel was born in Reykjavík, Iceland in 1984. He started studying music at an early age and has played a diverse range of instruments. As a composer Gunnar mainly focuses on chamber music as he finds that his music gets the attention it deserves in smaller setups. Gunnar Karel has composed music for a number of theater productions. Including; Improvised history of the world, Gangverkið, Thirteenth night, Homo Absconditus, Nígeríusvindlið, Munaðarlaus, Fjöltengi og 2 Polish Speaking Rumanians.
Besides his composing he has been making his mark as concert producer. He founded the Sonic festival in Copenhagen with Filip C. de Melo in 2012 and he is also one of the curators for the Peripheriberry concert series in Reykjavík. Gunnar is a member of DKF, the theater group 16 elskendur and S.L.Á.T.U.R.
Hlynur Páll Pálsson
Hlynur Páll Pálsson graduated with BA in Contemporary Performance Practice from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2009. The same year he showcased his graduation piece Homo Absconditus at the international theatre festival Lókal in Reykjavík. Hlynur lives in Reykjavík, with his girlfriend and two children, and works as a dramaturg and a producer for the Reykjavík City Theatre as well as the managing director for Reykjavík Dance Festival and an independent theatre maker. Since graduating Hlynur has directed two performances; Ellý alltaf góð by the late Icelandic playwright Þorvaldur Þorsteinsson and Fjöltengi, a devised piece performed by homo ludens in the Reykjavík Central Bus Station at the artFart performance festival in 2010. Hlynur was the director of the Reykjavík Street Theatre in the summers of 2012 and 2013 and he is a member of the performance groups 16 Lovers and homo ludens.
Karl Ágúst Þorbergsson
Karl Ágúst Þorbergsson graduated with BA in Contemporary Performance Practice from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2008. He is one of the founding member of the performance group 16 lovers and an artistic director for their performances: IKEA-Travels (2008), Orbis Terræ (2009), Nigerian scam (2009 and 2010) and The Spectacle of the Year (2012). Karl Ágúst has also taken part in group exhibitions like Æringur (2010) and Jónsvaka (2010). Karl has worked as a teacher at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts, at Prisma, a collaboration between IAA and the University at Bifröst, and Ernst Busch Theater School in Berlin. Karl Ágúst resides in Berlin where he studies at the masters programme Art in Context in the University of the Arts Berlin.
Ragnar Ísleifur Bragason
Ragnar Ísleifur Bragason was born in Reykjavík. He finished the Kvennaskóli in 1997 and subsequently Contemporary Performance Practice in the drama department of the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2009. Ragnar is an author and actor. In 2008 he published a collection of poems titled Á meðan (Meanwhile). He has worked with various independent performance groups, for instance Vaðall, Kriðpleir and 16 lovers. In recent years he has taken part in the performances Var það gangári, Eyjaskegg, Blokk, Tiny Guy, Belated Inquiry, The Nigerian Scam and The Spectacle of the Year. Ragnar enjoys life itself and he has son he likes very much.
Saga Sigurðardóttir graduated as dance maker in 2006 from the ArtEZ Art Academy in the Netherlands. She has since worked as a freelance dancer and choreographer with various artists and collectives, both in Iceland and Europe. In recent years Saga has regularly collaborated with the dance artists Anat Eisenberg (Berlin/Tel Aviv), Alexandra Bachzetsis (Switzerland), Margrét Bjarnadóttir (Reykjavík) as well as working with Theatre of Artists (Reykjavik). Saga has been rewarded the Icelandic performing arts award Gríma, (2009, together with Margrét Bjarnadóttir), and held nominations for her choreographic work in 2011 and 2014.
Saga has lead several workshops at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, the LungA Art Festival in Seyðisfjörður and Teesside Unitversity UK. Saga is a board member of Reykjavik Dance Atelier and Reykjavik Dance Festival.
Ylfa Ösp Áskelsdóttir
Ylfa Ösp Áskelsdóttir graduated from the Film and Theatre School Holberg in Copenhagen in spring 2007. After graduation she joined the 16 lovers and has performed in most their works, including: IKEA Travels, The Nigerian scam - work-in-progress, The Nigerian Scam and The Spectacle of the Year. Ylfa graduated with a B.Ed. as a grade school teacher from the University of Iceland in 2011. She works as a teacher of drama in Hlíðaskóli and in the Kramhúsið. Ylfa has appeared in radio theater at the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service and in several commercials.