Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir (IS)

When the Bleeding Stops

Thursday 15 February At 21:30 – 22:15
Dansens Hus

In «When the Bleeding Stops» Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir wants to take part in changing the narrative on women’s aging in Western society. She addresses the silence and taboo that seems to engulf menopause, as well as her own personal experience of aging as a dancer. Working with local women, the work transports us into the privacy of the participants' homes. It dives deep into the many layers of the female experience associated with menopause and invites us to celebrate life in all it´s stages.

Artist / Company Bio

Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir is an Aerowaves Twenty23 artist, and was a full time member of Iceland Dance Company for sixteen years. Five years ago, at the age of forty, she suffered an injury that forced her to reconsider her relationship with dance, the body, and her artistic practice. This led her to a masters degree in Performance Practice at Iceland ́s University of the Art, and out of this research her stage piece «When the Bleeding Stops» was born. The piece was nominated as «the Most innovative performance of the year» at the Icelandic Theatre Awards 2022.

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  • Concept, choreography and text

    Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir
  • Video design

    Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir with Brett Smith
  • Light and sound design

    Brett Smith
  • Performers

    Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir, Kristjana Stefánsdóttir, Ólöf Ingólfsdóttir, Sveinbjörg Þórhallsdóttir
  • Produced by

    Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir / Heba Eir Kjeld
  • Supporters

    Thanks to: Sigrún Ólafsdóttir, Alexander Roberts, Brogan Davison, Egill Ingibergsson, Valdimar Jóhannsson and Rebekka Ingimundardóttir.
    Special thanks to all the women who have participated.
  • Premiere date and place

  • Duration (minutes)

  • Target group

    18 – 99 years