Rauða Skáldahúsið - A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Draumur á Jónsmessunótt)
Love has a way of making us reconsider the world. In his fantastic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare imagines the most ridiculous and deeply important attribute in human nature: our ability to love. It has the capacity to embarrass us, to inspire us, to drag us through the mud. It is a taproot of growth and prosperity. And on June 21, the Poetry Brothel Reykjavik will pay tribute to the Bard himself, whose understanding of love remakes our own.
Join us for an evening of play and love, meddling and mettle. Our poets will reshape your vision of the course of true love, though it “never did run so smooth” – except, of course, when our burlesque dancers and aerialists take the stage in a triumphant celebration of our poet and our muse, William Shakespeare.
The evening will afford guest poets Cornelia Travnicek and Hallgrímur Helgason. Cornelia, a visitor from Austria, will read in German (translations provided by Meg Matich). Hallgrímur will read from his Icelandic translations of Shakespeare.
”And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.” So prepare for the usual evening of lusty madness. Madame Karitas will guide our guests through the evening, while our poets will offer up their hearts in private poetry readings. Snæugla, our resident witch, will give tarot card readings to help you to angle toward the future, to find true love, to sojourn, your soul in the sky.
Tickets are 3.000ISK. Poker chips, which may be used for private poetry readings, tarot, and general artist tipping, are available for 750ISK each, or 2.000 for three. Doors will open promptly at 20:00. The event will be held mainly in English and Icelandic.