Greinar og viðtöl

Í þessum hluta heimasíðunnar má finna greinar um einstaklinga og hópa sem vinna með eða á Dansverkstæðinu; dansara, danshöfunda, sviðslistamenn og fleiri.


Greinarnar eru á ensku og skrifaðar af verkefnastjóranum Rex Beckett.

Síðan er í vinnslu og meira efni mun birtast fljótlega.

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Skapandi Sumarstörf Series #1: Strigagangur

This summer, we here at Dansverkstæðið are facilitating space for groups of young artists taking part in Hitt Húsið’s Skapandi Sumarstörf initiative. In this mini-interview series, we’ll present these groups and highlight their ongoing projects.

Photo: Strigagangur in Dansverkstæðið

Exorcising Juliet:
In Conversation with Halla Ólafsdóttir & Erna Ómarsdóttir

We all know Juliet as the teenage girl who kills herself over a three day infatuation. The story of Romeo & Juliet is so ubiquitous across the world, taking on so many forms and names, that even without reading it one somehow knows it. Retelling the story and examining the character is outside of the picture for Halla Ólafsdóttir and Erna Ómarsdóttir in their work-in-progress, The Juliet Duet. Stemming from their work on Íslenskidansflokkurinn’s production of Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet, the piece is an exorcism of sorts to release the pent up energy left from such a well-known text, while reinterpreting and dancing the text through defined symbols and signs. We sat down with them to discuss the nature of the ongoing process and being haunted by Shakespeare.

Photo: The Juliet Duet by Margrét Seema Takyar


Talk About The Weather:

In Conversation with Marble Crowd

No matter how cliché the topic is elsewhere, talking about the weather is practically a sport in Iceland. In a place with such volatile meteorology, it’s impossible to not be affected and informed by its overarching and incessant presence. This is what the Marble Crowd collective are forging into on their new project. Each bringing diverse elements as unique as weather patterns, Marble Crowd is comprised of Katrín Gunnarsdóttir (choreographer), Kristinn Guðmundsson (visual artist), Saga Sigurðardóttir (choreographer), Sigurður Arent Jónsson (theater artist) and Védís Kjartansdóttir (dancer). Since their first work as a collective, Moving Mountains in 2017, they have been defining and refining their practices and continue to do so as they move towards exploring new territories. Now they have begun the research process for their new piece, meeting at Dansverkstæðið to chart out their course.

Photo: Marble Crowd

Crashing Through the Pond: Recreating Swan Lake with Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon & Cameron Corbett


“Who are these women, these swans?” asks Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon. “Why are they there? How does it feel living in a pond?” These simple yet enigmatic questions are at the crux of what he and Cameron Corbett are in the midst of asking as they deconstruct Swan Lake. Meeting in Studio 2 of Dansverkstæðið, the two are in the process of researching a new approach to the canonical ballet, specifically in purpose of creating a segmented piece for the graduating class of Listaháskóli Íslands’ contemporary dance department.

Photo: Cameron Corbett & Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon in drag

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Dwelling In Nothingness:

in conversation with Yelena Arakelow


Thousands upon thousands of earthquakes have been shaking Iceland for the past three weeks and Yelena Arakelow is feeling the effects. The 27-year old dance artist from Switzerland has been presenting a piece in Listasafn Reykjanesbær since January, and her energy is running low. Her performance, 'Moving Sideways Attempt Nr. 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11’, is based around the theme of dwelling and resting, and is being carried out in the epicentre of these quakes where rest is constantly disturbed and dwellings are being shaken. Despite these geological disturbances to the body and soul, she arrived to Dansverkstæðið for this conversation in good spirits.

Photo: Moving sideways, Attempt Nr. 7, by Dagur Jóhannsson

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