Iceland Dance Company (IS)

Rómeó ❤️ Júlía

Thursday 15 February At 18:15 – 20:15
Bærum Kulturhus

Using Shakespeare’s play as a starting point, Romeo ❤️ Juliet by Erna Ómarsdóttir and Halla Ólafsdóttir merges contemporary dance, visual art and Prokofiev´s music. The performance deconstructs the original story into a web of simultaneous narratives, merging references from popular culture with the language of ballet. The outcome is a nightmarish monster; an abstract world full of blood, love, ballet exorcism, fire, dance and death. Romeo ❤️ Juliet glides across the sands of consciousness. Like a bloody river, winding its way to sea.

Artist / Company Bio

Erna Ómarsdóttir has created and directed a number of highly acclaimed works that have been shown internationally, as an independent artist and as the artistic director of Iceland Dance Company. She is a six-time winner of Gríman, the Icelandic theatre award for dance.

Halla Ólafsdóttir has worked and toured as an independent choreographer and dancer across Europe, as well as choreographed various international dance companies. A big part of her work revolves around inventing new formats for dance performances and how politics and gender are projected onto body movements.

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  • Artistic Directors and Choreographers

    Erna Ómarsdóttir and Halla Ólafsdóttir
  • Music

    Sergei Prokofiev & Skúli Sverrisson (Watching Water), Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet performed by London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conducted by

    André Previn
  • Set

    Chrisander Brun
  • Costumes

    Karen Briem & Sunneva Ása Weishappel
  • Video

    Valdimar Jóhannsson in collaboration with Erna Ómarsdóttir & Halla Ólafsdóttir
  • Lights

    Fjölnir Gíslason
  • Dancers

    Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon, Bjartey Elín Hauksdóttir, Elín Signý Weywadt Ragnarsdóttir, Erna Gunnarsdóttir, Félix Urbina Alejandre, Inga Maren Rúnarsdóttir, Luca Seixas, Sarah Fisher Luckow, Shota Inoue, Sigurður Andrean Sigurgeirsson
  • Produced by

    Erna Ómarsdóttir and Halla Ólafsdóttir
  • Premiere date and place

    22.11.2018 Gärtnerplatztheater, Munich
  • Duration (minutes)

  • Target group

    18 - 70 years