If you don’t speak Icelandic, your access to the arts in Iceland is limited and superficial. You can enjoy music, watch movies with subtitles, or, if you’re like me, sit through stand up comedy and poetry listening for tone, cadence, and emotion. You can watch attentively–reading every tick, cue or smirk to interpret meaning without understanding. You can pick up the occasional noun or have an Icelandic friend whisper abbreviated definitions and truncated explanations of local or historical references.
I really recommend seeing This Conversation Is Missing A Point. It’s one of the few opportunities for anyone, regardless of language, to experience something together. The show is dance comedy, with aspects of clowning. When it starts, you don’t understand how the show can possibly work, but within a few minutes the crowd is laughing along with the gibberish.
I will confess: I love dance. This is the most accessible dance performance that I’ve ever seen. It never dips in energy and doesn’t overstay its welcome. It’s a really good show. Take a date, a friend or go on your own. You’ll be in a good mood for the rest of the night.
This Conversation Is Missing A Point is playing at Tjarnabío on November 30 at 20:30.
Ticket Price: 2900 ISK