Opening performance for
Grimanesa Amoros’ Rootless Algas

Sunday September 14th, 2008
The Sea Mare - Tableaux Vivant Nouveau presented by Pálina Jónsdóttir

videoOn May 27th of 2008, the celebrated beastologist, Professor Rosengarten, found a LIVING ancient sea beast on the banks of the Hudson River at Peekskill, New York. After thorough examination of the beast, experts believe it to be the very last example of a rare species known as Sea Mare--which was thought to have become extinct somewhere towards the end of the Pagan Era. Before washing ashore on the Hudson, Rosengarten's living Sea Mare most certainly traveled 2.744 miles across the Atlantic from its country of origin: Iceland. The beast is little by little recovering from the exhaustion caused by its long and diffi cult journey. Preliminary evidence shows that this Sea Mare is more than a thousand years old; its survival is most likely due to hibernation in the Icelandic glacier of Snæfellsnes, as the beast most likely was a victim of hypothermia since the time of the Little Ice Age in the years 1300 - 1850 A.D. Reliable sources report that the Sea Mare occasionally communicates with language, most likely old Icelandic.

The phenomenal living Seamare will have its first public appearance at the HVCCA on Sunday September 14th, 2008 at 4:30pm. On that occasion, Professor Rosengarten will give a lecture on his remarkable new discovery. The event will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel. Caution: Even though Sea Mare is under strict supervision, and is still undergoing a rigorous adjustment program, sudden and unpredictable bestial behavior may occur for which HVCCA cannot be held responsible.

Pálina Jónsdóttir began her performance career at the early age of 9 at the National Theater in Reykjavik and throughout the years her work has pushed the boundaries of artistic disciplines creating inventive progressive theatre.

A post-graduate of the Conservatoire National Superieure de Musique et de Danse de Lyon and a graduate from the The Drama Academy of Iceland. Pálína also studied at the Icelandic Ballet Institute, The Reykjavik School of Singing and The University of Iceland, for Philosophy and Literature. She speaks Icelandic, English, Danish and French.

Palina's theatre performance credits include: Still Life with Commentator for the Next Wave Festival at BAM directed by Ibrahim Quraishi, The Secret Face, an art house solo performance by Elisabet Jokulsdottir, directed by Steinunn Knutsdottir at the Here Arts Center, N.Y, Vienna's Woman Art's Festival, and at Idno Theatre and Silfurtunglið, Reykjavik; Landscapes with Argonauts for Compagnie Faim de Siecle, directed by Ibrahim Quraishi; Miss Julie by August Strindberg, directed by Runar Gudrandsson at the Smidjan Theatre; Peer Gynt by H.Ibsen, directed by S. Einarsson at the Leikfelag Akureyrar; The Fair Maiden by H.K. Laxness, directed by B. Hedinsdottir for The Reykjavík City Theatre.

In Film and television her acting credits include: The Dance, by V.Heinsen produced by Isfilm, directed by Agust Gudmundsson; Vildspor by Simon Staho Balboa 2, Denmark; Devil's Island, by E.Karason, directed by Friðrik Þór. Friðriksson produced by the Icelandic Film Corp.; In His Life - The John Lennon Story by Michael O'Hara, directed by David Carson, for NBC (USA).

Pálína is with Alan Willig at Don Buchwald and Associates in NYC and Jeremy Conway at Conway Van Gelder in London.

Conception and performance: Pálína Jónsdóttir
Performer: David Rosengarten
Costume design: Filippía Elísdóttir

With support from:
The Ministry of Culture in Iceland
National Theatre of Iceland

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