OKKAR Á MILLI (BETWEEN US)
Photos: Jeaneen Lund
Okkar á milli (e. Between Us) is a conversation between two dancers, a dialogue where movements replace words. It is a state of contact between two, and segregation, the separation of two.
At a first glance they seem identical, replicas of the same image. An image that has gone unaltered for ages. They are part of a bigger scheme, bigger picture. Like someone who leaves a mark in the sand, they leave a mark on each other. Marks that will in time enter the skin, muscles and cells.
The music was created parallel to the dance in a physical and verbal dialogue between the dancers and the composer.
Menningarfélagið (e. Culture Comp.) was founded in 2007 and has produced four stage productions and three dance short films. In 2012 the group was nominated for the Icelandic Performing Arts Awards in the category best choreography for the piece Retrograde. A dance film, bearing the same name, was featured in Cinedans Amsterdam dance film festival and subsequently broadcasted in various European countries.
Choreography and performance: Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon og Inga Maren Rúnarsdóttir
Soundscape: Lydía Grétarsdóttir
Set, video and costume design: Júlíanna Lára Steingrímsdóttir
Assistant editor: Haukur Heiðar Steingrímsson
Supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the City of Reykjavík
Inga Maren Rúnarsdóttir graduated from the Commercial college of Iceland in 2003 and left for London to study dance. She completed her studies with a Bachelors degree from London Contemporary Dance School, The Place, in 2006. Inga Maren has worked with companies such as: Reykjavik Dance Productions, Shalala (Erna Ómarsdóttir), Iceland Dance Company, The Bird and the Bat, Culture Comp. and more. She has performed works by: Ohad Naharin, Jo Stromgren, Anton Lackhy, Fransesco Scavetta, Erna Ómarsdóttir, Tinna Grétarsdóttir, Valgerður Rúnarsdóttir, David Zambrano, Bruno Caverna, Willi Dorner, William Collins, Peter Andersson, Ólöf Ingólfsdóttir, Steinunn Ketilsdóttir and more. Inga is a member of the Culture Comp. A collective that creates dance- and video work. Inga Maren also teaches the dance techniques Flying low and Passing through that were developed by David Zambrano, which she studied with in Costa Rica in 2010. She teaches at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and courses at various other dance institutions, including ArtEz dance academy in Holland.
Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon studied contemporary dance at Iceland Academy of the Arts. He is currently a freelance dancer and choreographer. He has danced with Anton Lachky Company, Reykjavík Dance Productions, Iceland Dance Company, Shalala, the company of Erna Ómarsdóttir, Culture Comp. (Menningarfélagið) and Peeping Tom. Ásgeir has created work with Culture Comp. since 2007. Most recently Okkar á milli which will be premiered at Reykjavík Dance Festival. He co-choreographed the pieces Á vit... (2012) with the dancers at Iceland Dance Company and Ótta for the Iceland Dance Company in cooperation with Hjördís Lilja Örnólfsdóttir and Unnur Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir
Júlíanna Lára Steingrímsdóttir graduated with a Bachelors degree from Central Saint Martins, University of art and design in London in 2010, where she studied design, specializing in moving image. Since graduating she has designed sets and costumes for movies, shortfilms, tv-shows, adverts and theater in Reykjavík and London. She has worked for film production companies, such as Sagafilm, Klikk productions, Pegasus,True North, ZikZak and Mystery. She has also worked for the Reykjavík City Theater, Akureyri Theater and the Icelandic Dance Company.
Lydía Grétarsdóttir is a composer from Reykjavík. She studied electronic composition in Iceland, Berlin and The Hague. In her graduating year at Iceland Academy of the Arts she attended a workshop in movement and music, both in Türku and Reykjavík, a collaboration of art academies in the Nordic countries. Since then Lydía has composed music for dance, shortfilms, radio theatre, and performed pieces at festivals in Iceland and around Europe.
Time: Friday 29th of August @ 18:00 and Saturday 30th of August @ 18:00
(Bonus shows on Sunday 31st August @18:00 and 20:00)
Place: The Reykjavík Arts Museum, Hafnarhús, Tryggvagata 17, 101 RVK
Duration: 50 minutes