Saturday, May 11th, 2019 - 8:00 pm


Composer Kristín þóra Haraldsdóttir brings poet Ger∂ur Kristný’s words to life in a stunning work of contemporary music for the #MeToo era. Featuring haunting vocal harmonies and period instruments, Bló∂hófnir (Bloodhoof) is a sonic realization of Ger∂ur Kristný’s award-winning poem by the same name. In it, she takes the classic Eddic poem Skírnismál (The “Lay of Skírnir”) and turns it on its head; by retelling the narrative from the perspective of a victimized giantess, rather than the god who kidnaps her, Ger∂ur Kristný redefines a “romantic” tale as one marked by sexual violence, and re-evaluates cultural assumptions in light of contemporary realities. Sung in Icelandic by an all-female cast, including alto Sara Couden in the lead role, with visuals by Tinna Kristjánsdóttir. Presented in partnership with the PEN World Voices Festival.


Saturday, May 11

8PM at the University Settlement – Speyer Hall, 184 Eldridge St., NYC
$30 Preferred Seating/ $20 General Admission

Tickets available here

Kristín þóra Haraldsdóttir (Iceland) Bló∂hófnir (Bloodhoof) (2016-19) World Premiere of Revised Version

The Friends of MATA
Sara Couden, contralto