The Ice Cream Desert

  1. Writer/Producer, Marlene Nichols traveled to the archipelago of Svalbard near the North Pole. While shooting there surrounded by all this beauty, she had a little bit of a crisis. An existential one. An existential crisis that happened to be French.

    Concept: Marlene Nichols, USA
    Camera: Gisela Gari, Brazil

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  2. Shot on location in the abandoned mining town of Pyramiden, Svalbard, a half tuned piano conjures up a fading movie star.

    With Allison Cameron and Marlene Nichols

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  3. A woman's housekeeping turns into utter joy in the Arctic as she waits for her sailor to come home.
    Shot on location on the island of Spitsbergen, Svalbard.

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  4. Shot on the beaches of Magdalenefjord, Svalbard, 2013
    Photography by Han Sungpil

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  5. Performance with top hat and long gown.
    A time lapse dance shot on location in Magdalenefjord, Svalbard, 2013
    Photos by Han Sungpil

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The Ice Cream Desert

Marlene Nichols

In Fall 2013, writer/producer Marlene Nichols traveled to the High Arctic and sailed around the the island of Spitsbergen, part of the archipelago of Svalbard. She created a series of funny and fearlessly seductive characters through which to explore…


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In Fall 2013, writer/producer Marlene Nichols traveled to the High Arctic and sailed around the the island of Spitsbergen, part of the archipelago of Svalbard. She created a series of funny and fearlessly seductive characters through which to explore the ice. These include:

A fading movie star returns to the abandoned mining town of Pyramiden to find her films no more than crushed celluloid, forgotten.

A French Artist who is having a major existential crisis.

A Housefrau dances alone while waiting for her sailor to come home.

These characters will all appear in the stage version of "The Ice Cream Desert" premiering in New York and Los Angeles in 2014.

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