Gísli Örn Garðarsson
According to BBC news, "Gisli Orn Gardarsson's shows have been such critical successes, doing what is almost impossible in today's multimedia society; attracting a new fashionable young audience to the theatre. And, with their continued following of fans, Vesturport, it seems, have helped flamboyant physical theatre one step nearer becoming mainstream entertainment."Gisli Gardarsson was born in Iceland but is Irish related.He grew up in Norway where he started his acting career. He was accepted at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts in 1997, which he graduated from in the year 2001. The school has a 4-year actor education.During his last year at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts, Gisli co-founded Vesturport. Gisli has directed, acted and produced various theatre and film productions.Since it's foundation in 2001, Vesturport has performed in most major theatre venues around the world and has produced 5 feature films (Childeren, Parents, Brim, Country Wedding (co-producer) and Kings Road (co-producer).Gisli debuted as a director (where he also played Romeo) with his circus-inspired version of W. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, premiered at the Reykjavik City Theatre. The production transferred to the Young Vic Theatre in London where it opened to great critical and audience acclaim.The production transferred to the West End in London. Again, the production was hailed by the press and the audience.Gisli directed and adapted Georg Buchner's Woyzeck with original score and lyrics by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Woyzeck opened at the Barbican Theatre in London in October 2005. Due to it's success, it was brought back to the Barbican a year later. It has since performed at Reykjavik City Theatre, The City Theatre of Ludwigshafen, The Amsterdam Het Musik Theatre, at a theatre festival in Spanish Salamanca, in Aarhus - Denmark, at the Uijeongbu Arts Centre in Seoul in South Korea and performed to a completely sold out run at BAM in New York in October 2008.Time Out Magazine selected Woyzeck as theatre show of the year 2006.Gisli was awarded the European Film award Shooting Star for his role in Children at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007.Gisli co-directed and adapted Metamorphosis at the Lyric Hammersmith in London also performing the part of Gregor Samsa, the salesman who turns into a bug. Again Nick Cave and Warren Ellis composed the music for the production. The production received fantastic reviews being hailed as the production of the year in various papers and magazines, being completely sold out during it's two runs in London and National Tour.Metamorphosis recently won the Best Theatre Production of the year Award, at the Icelandic Theatre awards and was nominated for the Evening Standard Awards in the UK. It was voted as best international production of the year 2009 by 2 of the main newspapers in Australia. The production is booked for touring beyond 2010. Amongst other at BAM in New York where it will perform in December, 2010.Gisli wrote and directed a heart-warming romantic musical, Love, set in an old people's home, celebrating the passion of two people who find love right at the end of their lives, and sing about it! 5 -STARS - 'A surprise alternative hit. This is the best show the Lyric has staged. I ADORED IT.' Daily MailLove was one of the biggest commercial hits in Iceland, running for 2 years in 2006 and 2007. It has been staged in S-Korea and is due to be revived commercially in the UK in the near future.Gisli directed and adapted a stage version based on the Lucas Moodysons Film Together in Iceland in February 2008. The production was performed in Iceland and Mexico in 2008.Gisli is The Lead Hassansin (Zolm) in the blockbuster film Prince of Persia directed by Mike Newell, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney. The film had its world wide release in May 2010.In England, as an actor, he has performed with the Knee High company under the direction of Emma Rice in A Matter of Life and Death, as Jack Walser in Angela Carters Nights at the Circus and as Don John, in Don John.