May 14, 2018


ICE HOT REYKJAVIK starts with a blast on Wednesday evening December 12th at Reykjavik City Theatre. A whole evening of Iceland Dance Company ´s celebrated SACRIFICE, a collection of commanding creations exploring the relationship between art and religion.

SACRIFICE is produced by Iceland Dance Company in co-operation with Reykjavík City Theatre and LÓKAL Performing Arts Reykjavík and performed by ICELAND DANCE COMPANY.

Inspired by the idea of the ritual as an essential part of life, SACRIFICE is a festival of dance, art, and music where audiences move from one space to the next, experiencing a different ritual in each place.

One of the ritual works, NO TOMORROW, was chosen Production of the year at the 2017 Icelandic Performing Arts Awards as well as receiving the price for choreographers of the year.

You will be able to experience:

Dias Irae by visual artist Gabriela Friðriksdóttir part video-installation, part choreographed ritual that focuses on the transition from life to death. Made in collaboration with Erna Ómarsdóttir and Valdimar Jóhannsson,



Shrine by Erna Ómarsdóttir and Valdimar Jóhannsson, where creative forces are put to the test in a ritual celebrating both life and death.





No Tomorrow, by performance and visual artist Ragnar Kjartansson and choreographer Margrét Bjarnadóttir. Focusing on the idea of youth with a group of dancers with acoustic guitars & music by The National’s Bryce Dessne



Union of the North,created by renowned American visual artist Matthew Barney, the choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir and musician Valdimar Jóhannsson, a performative video installation, attempting to fuse together consumerism and the spiritual in an act of marriage.  


Finally, the festivities reach an immersive peak at the already bustling Market, where people present their beliefs, ideas and solutions for a sustainable future



Since its premiere in March 2017 this unique festival event has toured to Germany, Belgium, Greece, The Netherlands, Norway and England and plans are for further presentations.

SACRIFICE is co-produced by Shalala, Spring Festival in Utrecht, Kunstcentrum BUDA in Kortrijk, Tanzhaus Düsseldorf and Reykjavík Dance Festival (apap).


“hypnotic and hilarious”
“one of the most distinctive events of the year.”
The Independent

“Iceland Dance Company’s new production Sacrifice is unlike any dance I have seen before…
Shrine teaches us to laugh at death, acknowledge the weird reality of human existence, and to make the most of our lives…
Classified as a ballet, No Tomorrow showed how an interdisciplinary approach to the arts can create something truly unique…
Sacrifice is a unique festival which reminds us to take a more light-hearted approach to life and death. It is an experience which must be witnessed first-hand, and with an open mind, one which can induce a great catharsis among its audience.”
The 730 review

“Epic, ambitious fusion of visual artists and dance”
The Evening Standard

Sacrifice proved to be much more than a breath-taking sacrifice. Commerce is our contemporary religion, consumption our ritual. Manic yet refreshing show that is truly a success.

Sacrifice is an exciting dyonic celebration of life. Spring Festival in Utrecht ended with the Sacrifice festival, a four-hour revolutionary theatrical journey.

Icelandic choreographers Erna Ómarsdóttir and Valdimar Jóhannsson put together an evening full of sacrificial rituals for the individual who, in their opinion, would like to believe even though God is long dead. […] Sacrifice passes through each sacrificial ritual after another, examining them from the perspective of today, giving them a new form and context in the stylized holy everyday life and glorified beauty, health culture, and the shallowness of the consumer society.

[…] the many roles and registers the troupe was capable of combining was striking. Fusing dance, sport, sound, music, sculpture and spoken word this was a peculiar and penetrative contemporary vaudeville.

A marathon of extraordinary dance […] Subtitled ‘a festival of common things made holy’, it was a stimulating evening of multimedia art: dance, song, music, film, visual art, pottery and even a session of ‘hate yoga’ in the interval – a whacky idea I can highly recommend. Much of the material was disturbing and left feelings ranging from annoyance to delight, but there was very little that did not stir emotions.

“A complex piece, incomprehensible and surreal? It certainly is, but also incredibly interesting, entertaining and charming. This ‘gesamtkunstwerk’, Sacrifice, is Wagnerian in length and ambition when it comes to the material and presentation, an outstanding and inventive spectacle.”
E.F.I, Morgunbladid

“While watching the monotonous look of the dancers I was reminded of a teenage girl practicing playing her guitar, dreaming of being a rock star. The music and the dance recreated the bittersweet atmosphere and the strong feelings of the teenage years, when the future was totally unknown and so distant that it might not even exist.”
K.G, DV, about the piece No tomorrow.

Björn Þór Vilhjálmsson, lecturer in film studies, University of Iceland, calls Union of the North “one of the most important experimental films the Icelandic national cinema has received in a long while.”