Nico – Sphinx of Ice

Supermodel, singer, and muse. In Nico – Sphinx of Ice, we are taken on a journey through the psyche of the broken and unbreakable sixties’ icon.

Nico, born Christa Päffgen in Cologne, Germany just before the outbreak of the Second World War is one of the most mythic icons of our time. She was the supermodel who became Andy Warhol’s most notorious muse and the singer of legendary American rock band Velvet Underground. She had a troublesome love story with Jim Morrison and gave her son his first shot. She was a nomad, always on her way to Paris, London, or New York and stood in the center of the sixties’ art revolution.

In Nico – Sphinx of Ice, we are taken on a journey through the psyche of the broken and unbreakable sixties’ icon.

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Premiered this Thursday on Stockholm theatre Dramaten, the play is described as a visual and suggestive monologue, where the theatrical experience is infused with the interaction of words, audiovisuals, light, music, and choreography. Written by Werner Fritsch and directed by Nadja Weiss, Nico – Sphinx of Ice was first shown at Volksbühne in Berlin in 2011, then as a “work in progress”. In the Dramaten version, Nico is played by actor and singer Fanny Risberg. Fanny Risberg is also part of Swedish pop band Tula, who’s debut album will be released later this spring.

Nico – Sphinx of Ice will be shown at Dramaten until the beginning of April. After that, the play will tour both Sweden and Europe in collaboration with Blixten & Co.

Photography by Roger Stenberg.