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The Moon stone

Department 58 – International Relations
Department 58 – International Relations


Updated 8-4-2022
  • Project website updated

Region National coverage
Title of the ProgrammeCulture
Title of the ProjectThe Moon stone
Number of the ProjectKU-CA1-050
Project Promoter

Studio Hrdinu

Project Partner from Donor State

Samtökin ´78 / The National Queer Organisation of Iceland (ISL)
Tjarnarbíó - Performing Arts Center (ISL)


Estimated project duration: 06/2021 – 09/2022

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Target group: Students (any age), Artists, General public

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Total Eligible Costs

199 341 EUR


177 157 EUR (89 %)

Project description:

Theatrical adaptation of THE MOONSTONE is a follow-up to the Czech-Icelandic theater project SKUGGA BALDUR (co-financed by EEA Grants 2009-2014), celebrated by the Divadelni Noviny Award in the Production of the Year 2016, played at several major festivals and staged at Prague's Studio Hrdinů (since performed 55 times).

In relation to the upcoming production project THE MOONSTONE, our Czech-Icelandic creative team and its partners strive to create a platform for the open discussion of the living conditions and rights of the queer community in Iceland, but especially in the Czech Republic. The perception of sexual minorities (especially transgenders) by a heteronormative majority society is still burdened with certain stereotypes, false ideas, prejudices and clichés, often and significantly reflected in the way the LGBT community is portrayed in the context of theater and film.

The effort to shift the perception and depiction of these themes naturally stems from the literary model presented in Sjón's novel “Mánisteinn” - THE MOONSTONE. Here the focus is on the inner experience of the world through the eyes of a lonely boy whose fate is determined by his sexual orientation and lack of family foundation. But the primary and all pervasive motive is the freedom and independence of an individual who accepts his "otherness" – Icelandic hinsegin – as an autonomous human being, regardless of judgment and surrounding opinions.

The Icelandic Performing Arts Center Tjarnarbíó and the National Queer Organization of Iceland “Samtökin ´78” are the project partners. Thanks to the cooperation of these two institutions the foundation and location for staging in Iceland (Reykjavík) and the complete accompanying program are ensured, especially public discussions led by Ásta Kristín Benediktsdóttir, a literary scholar in Icelandic modern literature, who was first drawn to queer theory and queer Icelandic literature while selecting a subject for her doctoral research.