Shades of History

A portrait of dance itself and it’s haunting urge to transcend the body of the dancer into bodiless flows of movement.

Friday December 14th
13:30 – 14:10
Tjarnarbíó, Tjarnargata 12

Shades of History appears before us as a strange kind of hypnotic stage magic. An illusory act of bodily disappearance, drenched in the desire to deceive. Katrín’s dancing body – with all its needs for rest and recovery – labours to render itself invisible behind the magic and illusion of a dance that hopes to never tire, but rather flow endlessly into evermore flowing flows. Haunted by its past animations, Katrín’s spasming body-memory provides Katrín with her dance material; animated by a dance history of gestures and breaths that she has borrowed from other choreographers’ repertoires over the years and incorporated into her own work. At the heart of this illusion dance is a portrait of dance itself and it’s haunting urge to transcend the body of the dancer into pure uninterrupted bodiless flows of movement.

Shades of History was nominated for The Icelandic Performing Arts Award (Gríman) 2017 as Choreography of the Year, Sound Design of the Year and Katrín Gunnarsdóttir won the award as Dancer of the Year.

Choreographer / Company

Katrín Gunnarsdóttir is a choreographer and dancer based in Reykjavík, Iceland. She studied dance at IAA in Reykjavík and choreography at ArtEZ in Arnhem, graduating in 2008. She received a DanceWEB scholarshop in 2007. Katrín is interested in resonance, rhythm and how labour intensive choreographies reveal the relationship between action and its affect. She has created Saving History (2014), Macho Man (2015), KVIKA (2016), Shades of History (2016) and Crescendo (2018). Katrín has toured internationally with her work since 2014. She has worked as a performer with Saga Sigurðardóttir, Erna Ómarsdóttir & Shalala and Kris Verdonck among others. Katrín is a member of the Icelandic collective Marble Crowd.



Choreography and performance: Katrín Gunnarsdóttir
Set design and costume: Eva Signý Berger
Light design: Magnús Arnar Sigurðarson
Sound design: Baldvin Magnússon
Dramaturgical advice: Alexander Roberts and Ásgerður G. Gunnarsdóttir
Assistant choreographer: Védís Kjartansdóttir
Marketing: Heba Eir Kjeld
Photos: Hörður Sveinsson and Jeaneen Lund
Production: Katrín Gunnarsdóttir
Co-produced by Tjarnarbíó Theatre
Supported by The Artists´Salaries in Iceland, Ministry of Education and Culture, The City of Reykjavík and Reykjavík Dance Festival
Residencies: Ice Hot – Dance Base, Edinburgh and Dance Atelier, Reykjavik

Photo credits: Jeaneen Lund and Hörður Sveinsson