November 15, 2018

ONE MONTH UNTIL ICE HOT RVK

ONE MONTH TILL ICE HOTTERS DESCEND ON REYKJAVÍK

The Reykjavík team eagerly awaits the arrival of the international dance community. With one month to go we still have various tasks to finish but feel sure we will. There is an Icelandic saying “Þetta reddast!” which literally means “It will solved itself!”

470 GUESTS AND ARTISTS COMING

470 international guests and artists have registered for ICE HOT Reykjavík. Registration will stay open for presenters and will not close until we have reached the 500-delegate ceiling. We still have tickets available for day-time performances, seminars and workshops but a few evening performances are sold out. If you are a presenter and want to come, we encourage to register now here!

39 PRODUCTIONS AND PRESENTATIONS IN 4 DAYS

The Reykjavík Platform will showcase 39 Nordic dance productions and presentations in 4 days. 20 full length performances shown in venues and site-specific locations in various parts of the capital area and 19 presentations in a pitch session entitled MORE, MORE, MORE. Artists presenting “New Artistic Ideas” will, for the first time, be part of the program. More info here.

All the Nordic artists of ICE HOT Reykjavík have a strong artistic voice which stands out in the crowd. A diverse, high quality program with works for and with children and teenagers, site specific work for indoor and outdoor spaces and a wide range of stage dance which speaks to body mind and soul. The program shows a youngish artistry; full of opinion, spirit, feminism and grit. The 39 artists were chosen out of a record number of 355 Nordic artists who applied to show their work in Reykjavík.

HOT TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION IN REYKJAVÍK

ICE HOT Reykjavík offers 17 different seminars and workshops during the three main days, 13th – 15th. All seminars were chosen through an open call. You can attend seminars on innovative social practices and how dance can enrich people lives, work as jump-starter for better health and a wonderful means for inclusion. You can experience different artists‘sharing practices. You can join sharing sessions with individual experts and organizations we think are relevant to our sector. And from a totally different world. You can learn about the work of a few individuals in Greenland who are building up a contemporary dance community. They are Iceland ´s next door neighbour and we hardly know anything about their work – let alone the rest of the world.

GREENLAND: BUILDING A NATION AND A DANCE COMMUNITY
GREENLAND: BUILDING A NATION AND A DANCE COMMUNITY

Last but not least, we draw your attention to the fact that ICE HOT Reykjavík hosts the Springback Magazine Assembly, the wonderful initiative of John Ashford and the Aerowaves network, created last year. Take a look!

We are expecting a gang of Springback’s young critics to Reykjavík, who with their mentors, take part in our programme, see performance and host an exciting live televised seminar on Saturday 15th. ICE HOT Reykjavík performances will be debated and digested with the artists and writers joining on theTV set.

SPRINGBACK MAGAZINE LIVE
Over all the ICE HOT team feels the seminar programme is relevant and to the point. We expect lively debates, sharings and good, fruitful conversations. Ice Hot Seminars.
TIPS FROM THE ICELANDIC ARTISTS

We asked the Icelandic ICE HOT artists to share with you something Wonderful about our city. Take a look – more TIPS on our website under Practical Info – Explore Reykjavík

Aðalbjörg Árnadóttir and Ylfa Áskelsdóttir Díó Its Volleybal Hallelujah!
Late night swimming, hot tub, cold pot, sauna. Vesturbæjarlaug

Katrín Gunnarsdóttir – Shades of History:
If you are in the mood for adventures, experience Icelandic nature not from a bus window, but on horseback. There are many options available, including half-day tours where they pick you up in Reykjavík and drop you off. 

Sigurður Arent – Marble Crowd:
One of my favourite places in Reykjavík is the Öskjuhlíð park area south-east of downtown. Sitting on top of Öskjuhlíð hill is Perlan a glass dome perched on top of five disused water tanks. There you can find a very cool natural history exhibition and a cafe/restaurant with fantastic views over the city. Down in the wooded slopes below you will find great walking paths (although you should wear good shoes) and maybe you will stumble upon some WWII ruins like the old fuel storage or bunkers overlooking the domestic airport.

Bára Sigfúsdóttir Upside down:
Grótta light house and surroundings area is a great place for a walk/run. And Kvika, a small pool close by, is wonderful for foot baths. Its free entry, but you need to find it first. Ask me if you don’t manage and maybe we can go there together!!

Steinunn Ketilsdóttir OVERSTATEMENT/ OVERSTEINUNN: EXPRESSIONS OF EXPECTATIONS:
A dip in one of the local pools is a must while in Iceland. You’ll find one in every neighborhood and each one has its own charm, my favorites in Reykjavík are Sundhöllin and Vesturbæjarlaug. I love to go in the early morning while it’s still dark.

WEATHER REPORT

We have had a cold autumn in Reykjavík, average temperature in September was 7,1 °C and 3,9 °C in October. When visiting Iceland in winter you should ALWAYS bring your best winter gear, warm sweaters, warm coat, mittens, thermal hats and scarf. And most importantly VERY GOOD SHOES.

Here are some photos of what we mean:

What you might expect.
Snow!
DO NOT FORGET

But, make sure you do not forget your swim suit. Reykjavík’s geothermal swimming pools are hot and steaming all year round!

Not for the beach but for the nice warm swimming pools.
ÁSA GOES FROM ICE HOT TO IETM

It was announced last week that IETM, the 500-strong international network for contemporary performing arts, has appointed ICE HOT Reykjavík´s director Ása Richardsdóttir as its Secretary General. She will relocate to Brussels in the new year, after finishing ICE HOT. You can read more about the appointment here.

Ása has been the Icelandic partner in the ICE HOT cooperation since 2011. Sanna Rekola, director of Dance Info Finland, our Finnish partner, said:

”ICE HOT is losing a long-time partner and collaborator, but IETM is getting an excellent secretary general. Àsa has been a strong advocate of Nordic collaboration and enthusiastic ICE HOT partner, always eager to improve and develop. It has been great to work with her, but surely the collaboration will continue and thrive, whoever will take the role of Icelandic partner after her.”