The ancient material about the (im)mortal love between Orpheus and Eurydice is present in countless adaptations. This is hardly surprising since it’s the elementary motives of humanity that are discussed here: love, art, and death. The popular myth itself is derived from the even older story about Demeter, who lost her daughter Persephone to Hades and the underworld. In her honor, mystic celebrations of several days were held in ancient Greece, through which dances, making music together, singing, screaming, and lamenting became central elements of the ritualistic search for Persephone.

The multidisciplinary Icelandic artist Erna Ómarsdóttir reinterprets the myth of Orpheus in five cycles of eternal growth and decay, intertwining ancient and Indo-European legends as well as contemporary subjects. With a mixed cast of actors from the Freiburg Theater and dancers from the Iceland Dance Company, she examines the metamorphoses and reproductive forces of culture and art, which over time have made Mother Earth a skilled lyre player and her offspring his tragic bride, who follows her husband silently and on soft soles.

In her new borderline-musical, Erna Ómarsdóttir questions the dualisms of life and death, understanding and feeling, artistic creation and silence, man and woman … – Who has the Golden Fleece? Where do the snakes come from? And does Eurydice actually want to go back to the (upper) world?

Frame program: 18.12. “Sound of silence the voice of Eurydike” with Wiebke Hüster, Mateja Meded, Klaus Theweleit and Erna Omarsdottir a debate. 19.12 Concert with Olöf Arnalds and Skuli Sverirsson


December 17 – 19, 2021 
Theater Freiburg, Freiburg

December 18, 2021  “Sound of Silence- die stumme Eurydike” with Wiebke Hüster, Mateja Meded, Klaus Theweleit and Erna Omarsdottir

December 19, 2021 “An Evening of Songs” with Ólöf Arnalds & Skuli Sverrirsson

January 13 – 14 and 16, 2022 
Theater Freiburg, Freiburg

January 27 – 29, 2022
 Kampnagel / NORDWIND-Plattform, Hamburg

January 27, 2022 “An Evening of Songs” with Ólöf Arnalds & Skuli Sverrirsson

February 18 – 20, 2022 
Theater Freiburg, Freiburg

March 10 – 11 and 13, 2022 
Theater Freiburg, Freiburg


Erna Ómarsdóttir – direction and choreography

Gabríela Friðriksdóttir – stage design and costumes

Bjarni Jónsson – text and translation

Valdimar Jóhansson, Skúli Sverrisson – composition and arrangemens

Valdimar Jóhansson – video design

Tamina Theiß  – dramaturgy

Dorothee Hoff – light

Ricarda Ciontos – project coordination & accompanying program

Johann Diel   – production manager

Camilla Dania – assistant director and evening production manager

Peter Carp – intendant

Dancers & Actresses/Actors:

Felix Urbina Alejandre

Una Björg Bjarnadóttir

Thieß Brammer

Victor Calero

Janna Horstmann

Henry Meyer

Stefanie Mrachacz

Ho-Ching Charmene Pang

Saga Sigurðardóttir

Orpheus and Eurydice is a coproduction of Theater Freiburg and Iceland Dance Company with NORDWIND Festival and Kampnagel Hamburg.

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation          

Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

Funded by the Innovation Fund for Arts of the State of Baden-Wurttemberg

NORDWIND-Festival 2021


December 1 – 13, 2021
Kampnagel Hamburg

Featuring Juli Apponen & Jon R. Skulberg, Duduzile Mathonsi, Vanasay Khamphommala, Carolin Jüngst, Ursina Tossi, Claire Cunningham, Sindri Runudde, Lars Werner Thomsen, Andreas Constantinou, Michael Turinsky, Ajayini Sathyan, Ewe Benbenek, Zamalisa Mdoda, Electa Behrens, Verena Brakonier, Dennis Seidel und Thomas Prestø. HAUS PARTY / VOGUING BALL mit Mable Preach & Friends.

The conceptual work on NORDWIND began in the middle of the post-pandemic period. A demand for accessibility, as well as the importance of solidarity, caution and consideration and the need for softness have accompanied and shaped the working process. For the first time, festival curator Ricarda Ciontos worked with an international team of artists, curators, activists and thinkers (Duduzile Mathonsi, Vanasay Khamphommala, Carolin Jüngst, Lars Werner Thomsen and Sindri Runudde) who have shaped the programme both with their own artistic stage productions, and with their respective expertise and perspectives and have turned it into a carefully composed overall concept that makes identity politics, awareness of the importance of alliances, and international solidarity a lived practice. The festival focuses on perspectives of Black and BIPoC, disabled and non-disabled people and those of representatives* of the LGBTQIA+ scene that challenge and transform the hegemonic view of performance. The title “Soft Utopia” stands on the one hand for demands for change in terms of interpretative sovereignties, power structures and structural intersectional discrimination, and on the other hand for the strategy of softness with which these changes are approached persistently and sustainably in the way that may be necessary.

Funded by: der Bundesbeauftragten für Kultur und Medien, dem Fonds Darstellende Künste / NEUSTART KULTUR #TakePlace, dem Danish Arts Council, der Schwedischen Botschaft Berlin, der Königlich Norwegischen Botschaft in Berlin, dem Institut Français, und der Kulturbehörde Hamburg.

Presentation October 1, 2021, at Studio Ramberg Berlin

With the support of the Ministry of Finance and for Europe of the State of Brandenburg and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Berlin, at the beginning of this year NORDWIND has initiated a cooperative project in Lusatia with the artist Lars Ø Ramberg. During the last months, Studio Ramberg has worked intensively on research in dialogue with locals and experts from Lusatia, created a so-called mapping, and developed core ideas for an initial sketch. The presentation of this preliminary project and the subsequent dialogue will take place on October 1, 2021, at Studio Ramberg.

12-18.10.2020 Virtual Zone

NORDWIND presents  the virtual performance Women in Battle # 3 and introduces again strong and diverse female voices in literature and music focusing on representatives of last and this year’s guest country of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair and is part of Canada’s guest of Honor presentation 2020/2021 with outstanding protagonists such as Synnove Persen, Jeannine Masika Lukusa, Cris Derksen and Canisia Lubrin among others .

The event exhibits works of different stylistic directions and unites them in a common project with four languages implemented such as Sami, Norwegian, English and German. The Moderator of the event and Presenter of the German text selection will be Shelly Kupferberg. The project takes place in cooperation with the Norwegian and Canadian embassy and is supported by NORLA ( Norwegian Literature Abroad).

From 12.10. here

From 17.10 . here

5-15 December 2019, Kampnagel

Dedicated to “Exploring Blankness”, the Nordwind Festival 2019 examines the
effects and potentialities of the fourth wave of feminism for feminist history and praxis in
Europe while critically re appraising the feminist movement of recent decades. “Fourthwave” feminism typically looks beyond physical and structural abuse to also engage in a
critique of the consequences of capitalist and colonialist power structures. Central to this is
a recognition that categoriessuch as “woman” are not sufficient to understand and
critically challenge the complexity of oppression – when, for instance, considering women
of colour, trans women or women with disabilities. Following Gayatri Spivak, the
“blindness” that the western colonial gaze has towards its own precariously patriarchal and
racist structures can be described as an “inaccessible blankness” – including within
western feminism. The artists contributing to this edition of Nordwind grapple particularly
with the reality of feminism in the Nordic countries – but also in the rest of Europe.
NORDWIND FESTIVAL 2019 is funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture
and the Media, Danish Arts Foundation, Norwegian Embassy, Norwegfian Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Finnish Institute in Germany, Swedish Arts Council, Fonds Transfabrik, Behörde für Kultur und
Medien Hamburg, Goethe Institut and Frankfurter Stiftung: maeceniafür Frauen in Wissenschaft und
Kunst (maeceniafor women in science and art) as part of the Alliance of International Production

Women in Battle

With the series “Women in Battle // Rebellische Frauen”, the literary house, together with the Nordwind Festival, creates a platform for current Norwegian authors whose work is of great relevance to gender-critical disputes in Germany.

Announcement texts:

Women in Battle
With the announcement “Women in Battle”, the group fxtrouble, known in Berlin for their VULVA Club platform, and young Norwegian authors take over the literary house for one evening and turn it into a crazy place for fresh gender criticism. While Ingvild Lothe with her poetry questions the image of young women between career, sexuality, tinder madness and loneliness, Marta Breen takes a clairvoyant journey through the history of feminism with her eponymous grapic novel. Sofia Srour and Nancy Herz present parts of their book “Shameless”, in which the young Muslims make clear with acuteness and a lot of humor what it means to grow up as a ‘stranger’ in the Norwegian welfare state. The texts will be read by two actors from the Theater an der Parkaue and their points of view will be added. The evening is in English and German.

Wings on fire
UT. An evening at Dagny Juel with Lars Brandt and Anne Tismer with reference to the work of Dr. Barbara Fruth on the Bonobo Society As a self-determined woman, the writer Dagny Juel questioned the bourgeois conventions of the late 19th century with her writing and her provocative demeanor. Her progressive life led her from Norway via the bohemian Berlin around Strindberg and Munch to Tbilisi, where she was murdered. The performer Anne Tismer takes up the previously little-known texts of Juel and puts them in a new kind of tension in a cross-over of science and fiction. Based on the research on the bonobos of Dr. Barbara Fruth, neurobiologist at Liverpool John Moores University and head of the research station for bonobos in Luikotale, a future egalitarian to matriarchal society in which Juel’s work of central importance and her social behavior would not have led to her violent death. In conversation with the author and filmmaker Lars Brandt, who is closely connected to Norway as the son of Rut and Willy Brandt and who translated Juel’s work for the first time, Tismer explores the topicality of Dagny Juel’s work.

NORDWIND in Berlin from 7th of November 2017 until 13th of January 2018 and at the Kampnagel in Hamburg, 4th-18th December 2017

Songs of a melting iceberg – Displaced without moving will also take place from the 4th to the 18th of December at the Kampnagel in Hamburg. With artists from the arctic region and Nordic countries, as well as from the African continent, NORDWIND will present an interdisciplinary programme in cooperation with Kampnagel, which will switch between dance, performance and visual art including the following. The Norwegian national company for contemporary dance Carte Blanche will develop a dance piece in collaboration with the Moroccan choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen. Laurent Chétouane will work in cooperation with the Swedish dancer Mikael Marklund and cast a contemporary look at central questions about authentic and autonomous sens of identity in turbulent times and the reflection and examination of one’s own self in the other. The South African performer Athi-Patra Ruga and the Canadian musician Tanya Tagaq will also present a performance together. Tagaq was the recipient of the Polar Prize in 2015. In their collaborative piece, Qudus Onikeku from Nigeria and Arnbjörg María Danielsen from Iceland explore new forms of resistance and open community. The dancer and choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly from Burkina Faso will continue his cooperation with Kampnagel and, after having presented his energetic dance piece ‘Kalakuta Republik’ at the international summer festival, will perform his piece ‘Nuit blanche à Ouagadougou’ at NORDWIND. We look forward to an inspiring and exciting visit to the festival with you in Hamburg too at Kampnagel. 

NORDWIND in the Theatre of Nations in Moscow, 13th-15th October and 8th-10th February at Kampnagel.

Nordwind festival has already had its thematic focus on Russia once before, in 2015. This year the partnership will be continued: a performative series of discussions entitled Nowy Mir – New World will take place from the 13th to the 15th of October under the curatorial direction of Jens Dietrich, in which artists and activists from both nations will come together to negotiate the seemingly unsolvable problems of planet Earth from the imaginary perspective of a space station. Nowy Mir – New World is a theatre salon with a band, guests, short video reportages and stand-up commentaries on transational themes. The audience is invited to intervene in the discussion at any time. Renowned theatre artists will be involved in both Moscow and Hamburg: in Hamburg, theatre-maker Manuel Muerte, who started the legendary talk format Der schwebende Diwan (The Flying Divan) and The Talking Dead at Kampnagel. In Moscow, one of the most important international directors, Konstantin Bogomolov, will be the host. On the 13th of October, two of the guests will be the Russian director Boris Bogomolow and the writer and journalist Christoph Twickel, who will discuss the link between theatre, media, politics and fear, on the 14th of October, the discussions will focus on charity organisations as institutions of power and on the 15th of October, Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll) and the composer Serjei Nevsky will talk about the market of ideas, which regulates the value and potential for realisation of ideas in art and the economy. Using playful, theatrical means, the aim is to create a prototype for a new discursive space, in which German-Russian themes can be examined beyond stereotypes and simple theories in their full complexity. Entertainment and knowledge production are also to be linked through performative strategies into a format that is just as exciting as it is informative.

In Hamburg, the project will be continued for three nights from the 8th-10th February at Kampnagel.

A Madame Nielsen Evening


Claus Beck Nielsen becomes Helge Bille Nielsen becomes Nielsen becomes Madame Nielsen. Madame Nielsen’s constant identity shift and the play on gender and diversity disturbs our binary-orientated customs and blurs our orientation. It made Madame Nielsen one of the most controversial, fascinating and multilayered contemporary artist and writer. Nielsen “imported democracy” to Iran, was buried and lived -sans papiers- in the streets of Copenhagen, was part of the famous Wooster group around actor Willam Dafoe with an own band “The Nielsen Sisters,” and wrote among others the novel “The endless Summer” which was highly praised by critics and the press. Madame Nielsen received the Reumert award for best dramaturgy and was three nominated for the main Literature prize of the
Nordic Council of Ministers.

One day and one night the Literaturhaus Berlin will be transformed into a Nielsen universe
through performances, readings, debate, exhibition, installations and a late night concert .

16.11./17.11. 2018
Literaturhaus Berlin Fasanenstrasse 23 10791 Berlin
curated by Ricarda Ciontos
german voice: Sabin Tambrea
presentation: Julia Encke
Technique: Sebastian Januszewski
Press: Sabine Bündel und Ulla Dehning Agentur Zitronenfisch

The Nielsen Sisters: Madame Nielsen, Sister Anja, Sailor Toldam
funded by the danish arts council and the danish embassy ( german danish cultural year 2018- 2020) a production by NORDWIND and Literaturhaus Berlin

“The experience of living and writing across a gendered expression creates a haunting sense of disconnect, an otherworldliness. But this poignant novel is much more. It is a requiem for the death of dreams, and a hymn to keeping the spirit alive in the exercise of living beyond the moment when you still believed.“

Joseph Schreiber / NY Times 12.3.2018