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Utopia: 2nd Dress Rehearsal:
Live @ Háskólabíó, Reykjavík, Iceland,
April, 12th (12-04-2018) [Partial]
01. The Gate
02. Arisen My Senses
03. Blissing Me
04. Utopia *
07. Features Creatures
08. Tabula Rasa
10. Pleasure Is All Mine
12. Sue Me
15. The Anchor Song
2nd 'utopia' dress rehearsal show of 2018 !! show review:
Utopia Found: Björk’s Lush New Live Show Reviewed
It’s hard to find the words to express how one feels after seeing Björk perform, and I’m certainly not the only who feels this way. When she walks out on stage, her presence has a way of slapping a big smile onto your face. The experience of Björk’s second and final “dress rehearsal” show in Iceland for her upcoming ‘Utopia’ tour was no exception. We were invited into her Utopian audio-visual spectacle that was a complete immersion of the senses into her world; a place that radiated with beauty, softness, and femininity.
When myself and about a thousand others entered the Háskólabíó theatre, we drew a collective breath when the stage came into view. Giant flowers and foliage sprouted from the floor and hung from the ceiling, like a window into an overgrown rainforest. In the centre was a tall cylindrical structure covered in what looked like feathers. Or maybe reeds. Or maybe leaves. Whatever they were, they were dancing in a breeze as we quickly shuffled to our seats, soaking it all in to a soundtrack of birdsong. The stage was a wild jungle in shades of pink, red, gold, and lush green. This was indeed a place where everything looked perfect–an evolution of Utopia.
The show began when the stage centrepiece revolved towards us, revealing Björk, and Viibra—her seven-part flute ensemble—and an oversized orchid sculpture that had a very strong resemblance to a vagina. ‘Utopia,’ as an album, delves deeply into the topics of sex, gender, motherhood and femininity, so it was no surprise to see that this phallic flower as the focal point for the eight performers. To their left was Björk’s regular percussionist Manu Delago, and to their right, the album’s engineer, Bergur Þórisson, on beats and backing tracks.
“Each beat was met with an explosively blooming flower on the screen above.”
All the performers wore floral, slightly alien “orchid_bone_fungus” headpieces, as their designer James Merry has referred to them. Björk wore a red insect-inspired dress by the extraordinary designer Kaimin, while the septet wore peach tunics and tights by the talented trio threeASFOUR. Together, they looked like a masked tribe emerging through the fog of a lost island paradise.
As the soothing opening sounds of “The Gate” rang out, we were warmly welcomed with the lyrics “I care for you, care for you” as a crystallised VR Björk-apparition fluttered and flickered over the screen above. Her perfectly choreographed nymph-like flautists danced in unison as their instruments sparkled under the stage lights.
“The majority of us had our mouths open in awe.”
“Arisen My Senses” came next, and was a real highlight. Accompanied by harpist Katie Buckley, each beat was met with an explosively blooming flower on the screen above. I couldn’t help but look around to see the reactions of the audience around me and sure enough, the majority of us had our mouths open in awe.
With ‘Utopia’ being performed almost in its entirety, back-catalogue songs “Thunderbolt,” “Pleasure is All Mine” and the Icelandic version of “Anchor Song” were also included. The hour-and-a-half-long set took us through the emotional gauntlet, beginning with the joyful themes of love and rebirth, segueing into anger and loss in the middle, and concluding with a sense of warmth and comfort to be home.
It was a night where Björk celebrated love, femininity and the idea of ‘Utopia’—and we celebrated with her. https://grapevine.is/ - https://grapevine.is/culture/music/2018/04/18/utopia-found-bjorks-lush-new-live-show-reviewed/
update : april 12 is now sold out so we have decided to add one more dress rehearsal on april 9 . tickets will be available on march 19 !
björk will be unveiling the new phase of her live evolution in iceland on april 9 & 12 with a special stage rehearsal at the háskólabío theater in reykjavik . this special performance will afford a unique opportunity to see the evolution of utopia as a live entity , as it precedes the commencement of this year's utopia world tour , which will build on the onstage elements unveiled at the iceland show . tickets for april 9 will be available tomorrow in very limited numbers .
thank you icelanders for attending our utopian dress rehearsal : looking forward to this ! - https://www.facebook.com/bjork
photo : Santiago Felipe
dress : KAIMIN
headpiece : James Merry
makeup : Hungry
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