If your grasp of Icelandic culture doesn't extend beyond Bjork (and, really, whose does?), there is an opportunity to fine-tune an appreciation of the green land to the East, care of Benjamin Bagby and Ping Chong, Nov. 9 and 10. The Edda: Viking Tales of Lust, Revenge and Family, a musical adaptation of Norse mythology, makes a two night stand at the Ina and Jack Kay Theatre at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Medievalist musician Bagby conceived and directed The Edda with Chong for his Ensemble Sequentia, a group of vocalists and instrumentalists dedicated to recreating the musical traditions of medieval Europe. The Edda retells the story of the Rheingold curse, made popular by Wagner's Ring Cycle operas, through sung Icelandic and spoken and subtitled English.
2000 Sustained Achievement Obie winner Chong has created some 35 works for the New York stage since he began in 1972, including Kwaidan, Pojagi, Chinoiserie, Secret History and After Sorrow. The director-playwright-choreographer added lighting and moving platforms and even incorporated American Sign Language into the performance.
Tickets are $30. For reservations, call (301) 405-ARTS.
— By Christine Ehren