OPENING

WEDNESDAY 26TH AUG || 17:30 - 18:30 || GAMLA BÍÓ, INGÓLFSSTRÆTI 12a

„If I was an instrument, I would be a cello that wants to be a drum kit.“

I wrote this in my diary fourteen years ago and now it´s time to explore what it means. At the same time I will launch The Reykjavík Dance Festival. In the old cinema that wanted to become an Opera house and is now a party/music venue. Somehow this all goes together.

Concept by:    Margrét Bjarnadóttir

Performed by: Margrét Bjarnadóttir

Commissioned by: Reykjavík Dance Festival

Part of the project "Do It Like They Do It: A Nordic Conference on the adoption of Music-Making Practices in Choreography”, supported by Kultur Kontakt Nord

Margrét Bjarnadóttir (b. 1981)  completed a BA in choreography at ArtEZ in Arnhem, Holland, in 2006. She has since been working in the field of dance, theatre, literature and visual arts. Her works include An Episode of Human Behaviour (2007), a radio dance piece in collaboration with the Icelandic National Radio and The Icelandic Dance Company, Strength Through Embarrassment (Aerowaves 2008), Humanimal, created with the stage collective Me and My Friends for which Margrét was awarded both Dancer and Choreographer of the year at the 2009 Gríman awards (The Icelandic Theatre Awards). In 2010 Margrét received an 8 months residency atK3 – Tanzplan Hamburg where she created the stage work On Misunderstanding. From that research, she made the photographic series No Misunderstanding. Margrét has collaborated with artist Elín Hansdóttir on site specific video installations, most recently at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen. She also took part in Ragnar Kjartansson´s month long performance The Palace of The Summerland at TBA21 in Vienna in April 2014. Her most recent works include a solo exhibition at Kling & Bang gallery in Reykjavík and awalk+talk, initiated by Philipp Gehmacher for Reykjavík Dance Festival in 2015. She is currently completing her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Iceland. Margrét lives and works in Reykjavík