Iceland

“I closed my eyes and said how can I get as far away from Oakland as possible?” says playwright/actor Roger Guenveur Smith (American Gangster, Malcolm X) of his passionate dance and performance piece about an estranged couple separated by the Atlantic Ocean.  A Brooklyn dancer (Treva Offutt) loves a painter and amateur volcanologist (Smith) who’s decamped to Iceland; the eclectic music by Marc Anthony Thompson roves from the heat of the streets to the barren chill of the glaciers, and dips its toe into the tropical rhythms of Martinique, home of Mount Pelee.  The nearly bare stage prods the imagination, but thanks to a travel grant and a tape recorder, Smith and Anthony have captured the actual sounds of Bjork’s motherland and integrated them into the show.

Originally published in the LA Times

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