Miss Mokki, you are the Big Mama of Icelandic cabaret, responsible for the renowned Reykjavík Cabaret, but what is Búkalú? Búkalú is a traveling Iceland variety show where we try and turn all sorts of venues around the country, from small bars to community theaters into international late-night cabaret clubs. So far the biggest challenge has been the 24-hour sunlight. Reykjavík Kabarett is quite Reykjavík based, but Búkalú travels.

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Artist Sage Sovereign plays with fire at the Reykjavik variety show Búkalú.
Artist Sage Sovereign plays with fire at the Reykjavik variety show Búkalú. Photo by Bylgja Guðjónsdóttir

Where did you get the idea for the Iceland variety show?

In the past years, I have traveled to perform and met amazing performers along the way. I have traveled the US more often than I can count, and done two Europe tours, did the Edinburgh Fringe last year and several festivals. In between, I have been nurturing the local scene and produced shows. Little by little my list of people wanting to come to Iceland has gotten very long – but at the same time I was creating a platform for the local talent, that does not get as many chances to perform like someone say from New York or Berlin.

 

New show was needed

So I needed a new show on top of the other three I produce already, to try and cut into that pool of talent that wanted to come over. I also wanted to showcase the best of the international performers alongside Icelandic performers to show the high standard of the young variety scene in Iceland.

Awesome acrobatics by Jen Kovacs
Awesome acrobatics by Jen Kovacs. Photo by Bylgja Guðjónsdóttir

When entering the world of Búkalú, what can one expect?

If your friends have been and told you about it – there is a big chance that you will get a completely different show, since I change out the complete cast every weekend. The reaction that we always get after shows is that people didn’t expect the show to be so funny – they say their cheeks ache from laughter. There will most certainly be burlesque, cabaret, circus and variety; a show catered to the adult eye, with my favorite people. What I love about cabaret is that the audience is such a big part of the show. We experience your reaction, we can see your faces and hear your laughter.

 

Photo by Bylgja Guðjónsdóttir

 

Where and when are you showing?

Right now the tour is halfway through and these are the next shows:

June 28th: Bragginn, Hólmavík
June 29th: Edinborgarhúsið, Ísafjörður
July 5th: Súpufélagið, Vík
July 6th: HAVARÍ, Berufjörður
July 11th:: Mælifell, Sauðárkrókur
July 12th: Tjarnarbíó, Reykjavík
July 19th: Tjarnarbíó, Reykjavík
July 20th: Vagninn, Flateyri
July 26th: Skyrgerðin, Hveragerði
July 27th final show in Tjarnarbíó, Reykjavík

Icelandic performer St. Edgar believes in cleaning floors with bubbly.
Icelandic performer St. Edgar believes in cleaning floors with bubbly. Photo by Bylgja Guðjónsdóttir

And in the end, what is next for the Queen of adult entertainment in Iceland?

Adulthood will get the best of me. At the end of September, I will become the mother of a little lady.  She has already graced the stages on different ends of the pond already. I found out I was pregnant after I had lined up the tour – and I have no idea how this will change my life. So maaaaybe it’s the last tour I produce. At least for a while.