Niður – an Icelandic Circus on Ljósagangur

Free entry

Niður, an Icelandic Circus on Ljósagangur, is the installation and live performance of a 1979 composition by John Cage.

Originally titled Roaratorio, an Irish Circus on Finnegans Wake, Cage’s work transformed Joyce’s novel into a musical performance. His score for the piece consists of detailed instructions on how to reconstruct any literary work in this manner. In this first Icelandic version a team of artists and academics will transform Dagur Hjartarson’s novel Ljósagangur into an installation and live musical performance.

The work will take place at the Nordic House, in the area where the novel is set. Niður will be performed by Skerpla – Experimental Sound Lab from the Iceland University of the Arts, led by professor Berglind María Tómasdóttir, working with Cage specialist Victoria Miguel and composer/sound engineer Jesper Pedersen.

Installation 11 June at 5 pm.
Concert 11 June at 8:30 pm.

Contributors: Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Victoria Miguel, Jesper Pedersen, Skerpla Music Group 

Partners: Iceland University of the Arts (music department), Iceland University of the Arts (research fund), Glasgow University

Accessibility to Elissa is good, a ramp leads up to the main door. Accessible and gender neutral bathrooms are on the main floor. Please note that due to ongoing renovations outside we are unsure how the accessibility will be at the time of the event. For more information: