What can a dancer do? – with a body?Has anyone ever determined what the dancing body can do?
Saturday December 15th
14:00 – 16:00
Dance Atelier Hjarðarhagi 47
Spinoza claimed, “No one has yet determined what the body can do”. We ask, what can the dancer do? Has anyone ever determined what the dancing body can do?
Dancers are confined in physical and conceptual structures at every level – the political climate, funding organizations, studios and stages, the physical structure of their bodies, and the conceptual structure of dance. How does the dancer move within these structures? Can the dancing body affect and interrupt the choreographies created by these existing structures? What can the dancing body do?
During this roundtable, we collectively investigate these questions from within three interconnected bodies: the physical body, the institutional body, and the political body.
Looking forward to welcoming you to this event. *Light refreshments will be offered.
Hosts: Steinunn Ketilsdóttir (IS), Sierra Ortega (US), Snædís Lilja Ingadóttir (IS), Halla Ólafsdóttir (SE/IS), Moa Sahlin (SE), Erla Rut Mathiesen (IS), Marie-Louise Stentebjerg (DE), Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir (IS) and Maija Hirvanen (FI).
This roundtable is a part of the project EXPRESSIONS: the power and politics of expectations in dance exploring expectations in dance through a research of theory and choreographic practice. The project is led by Icelandic choreographer Steinunn Ketilsdóttir in close conversation and collaboration with a body of international artists and scholars. Throughout its duration, research findings manifest themselves through performances, presentations and publications. The project aims to be a center for new knowledge in the field of dance, exploring the potentialities of the art form outside of its expected manifestations. EXPRESSIONS works as a space maker, opening up territories where critical engagement with the structural expectations of dance can be encountered. A space of exploration and analysis, inviting deep listening. A space where we can envision and practice the dance of tomorrow.
Steinunn Ketilsdóttir (IS)
Steinunn is a dance artist and works both independently and in collaboration with other artists. She is devoted to creating spaces through her practice to explore how expectations affect the way we choose to move through our artistic and personal lives. A space where we can envision and practice the dance of tomorrow. Steinunn holds a BA in Dance from Hunter College NY and an MA in Performance Studies from NYU.
Sierra Ortega (US)
Sierra Ortega is a multidisciplinary performance artist/scholar/activist searching for post-capitalist, meta-utopic futurity through physical and conceptual investigations of queerness, alienation, and alterity. They received an MA in performance studies from NYU in 2016 and are currently an MFA candidate in interdisciplinary arts at Goddard College.
Snædís Lilja Ingadóttir (IS)
Snædís Lilja Ingadóttir has a BA in contemporary dance from the Iceland Academy of the Arts and a BA-degree in acting from Rose Bruford College in London. Snædís has worked as a dancer and actress since 2009 with various choreographers and directors. Snædís was nominated for dancer of the year 2014 and again in 2018 at Gríman the Icelandic theatre awards.
Halla Ólafsdóttir (SE/IS)
Halla Ólafsdóttir is a dancer and choreographer with an MA in choreography from DOCH in Stockholm. She works collectively in various constellations that look for ways of expanding the notion of choreography on and off stage. Her work often revolves around inventing new formats for dance performances and how politics and gender are projected onto body movements.
Marie-Louise Stentebjerg (DE)
Marie-Louise Stentebjerg (b. 1981, Denmark) is a choreographer, dancer and performer based in Copenhagen. She works in various constellations including collectives and collaborations. However, her main artistic engagement is in the duo two-women-machine-show following a practice led approach to research drawing on applied theory, choreography, ritual, and text-based theatre.
Moa Matilda Sahlin (SE)
Moa Matilda Sahlin (born 1974 in Gävle, Sweden) reactivates the post contemporary practice theories through a critical exercise of queer femmes development, in her own body and societal corporeality. Her dance classes and choreographic practice insist on art’s central role in society. She repetitively invites to the hopeful serpentine roads, towards the ongoing dream of Utopia.
Erla Rut Mathiesen (IS)
Erla Rut Mathiesen graduated with a Bachelors degree in contemporary dance from Iceland Academy of The Arts in 2016. As a performer, dancer, mover, her interest have led her towards the research of the way how we approach movement and our bodies within the frame of moving.
Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir (IS)
Lovísa is a dancer and a choreographer. She has danced for the Iceland Dance Company since 2003 but has also been active in the freelance scene in Iceland. Lovísa and Halla Ólafsdóttir make a choreographic duo called Samsuðan&co. Lovísa has been nominated and awarded the Icelandic Theatre Awards on numerous occasions.
Maija Hirvanen (FI)
Maija Hirvanen is a choreographer based in Helsinki. Her work has been presented internationally and in Finland. Hirvanen has participated in international artist laboratories and collaborated with other artists. Her interests in art have included relations of art and different belief systems, performance as collective memory and mechanisms of re-learning.
This roundtable is a part of the project EXPRESSIONS: the power and politics of expectations in dance exploring expectations in dance through a research of theory and choreographic practice. The project is led by Icelandic choreographer Steinunn Ketilsdóttir in close conversation and collaboration with a body of international artists and scholars.
EXPRESSIONS ARTISTS: Steinunn Ketilsdóttir (IS), Sierra Ortega (US), Mia Habib (NO), Snædís Lilja Ingadóttir (IS), Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir (IS), Védís Kjartansdóttir (IS), Áskell Harðarson (IS), Leticia Skrycky (UY), Erla Rut Mathiesen (IS), Halla Ólafsdóttir (SE/IS),
ARTIST PARTNERS: Moa Sahlin (SE), Karin Jameson (SE), Maija Hirvanen (FI), Marie-Louise Stentebjerg (DK), Saga Sigurðardóttir (IS), Hugrún Jónsdóttir (IS).
ORGANIZATION PARTNERS: Iceland Academy of the Arts, Performing Arts Department (IS). Iceland Dance Compnay (IS). Reykjavík Dance Atelier (IS). Reykjavík Dance Festival (IS). Nordic House Iceland (IS). Dansens Hus, Stockholm (SE). WELD, Stockholm (SE). BORA BORA, Aarhus (DE). Dansarena Nord, (NO). Avantgarden, Trondheim (NO). Tanzhaus Zurich (CH). Dance Base, National Centre for Dance, Edinburgh (UK). Writing Movement Network 2.0.
Cover photo: Sierra Ortega