REYKJAVÍK DANCE FESTIVAL

- RDF FOR TEENAGERS -

24. - 26. NOVEMBER 2016

RDF for teenagers is a three day art program of dance and performance that no teenager in Reykjavík should miss.

Packed full of wild and daring performances by some of Iceland's finest artists (plus some amazing Canadians!), RDF for teenagers will bring the work of these amazing artists to the attention of Reykjavík's amazing teenagers.

RDF for teenagers will be a festival rich in surprises and new experiences. Come with an open mind, a open heart and a hunger to have fun – and you will leave with no regrets. And you never know – it might change your life – or even transform the world around you before your very eyes.

THURSDAY 24. NOVEMBER

DARE NIGHT by MAMMALIAN DIVING REFLEX

 TJARNARBÍÓ – 20:00 - 22:00

Be brave! Be fearless! And be there! We dare you.

Conjured up by Mammalian Diving Reflex and teens from [CITY], Dare Night will challenge you to commit the unthinkable. Breach the unspoken laws of public etiquette and execute a series of hilarious, exhilarating and shocking dares. Dare Night transforms the foreign to the familiar by exploring the power of risk and trust. More importantly, it encourages all of us to open up to each other, even if it’s only for one night. Be brave! Be fearless! And be there! We dare you.

Authors: Mammalian Diving Reflex & The Torontonians & teenagers from Reykjavík

Performance: Teenagers from Reykjavík

This project is in collaboration with the Iceland Arts Academy.

Ticket price: 2.000 ISK

WITH EVERY BOUGHT TICKET YOU CAN BRING UP TO FIVE TEENAGEERS WITH YOU (10 - 20 YEARS OLD)

WANT TO BE A TICKET? PRESS HERE

 

FRIDAY 25. NOVEMBER

DOUBLE BILL:

GRRRRLS by ÁSRÚN MAGNÚSDÓTTIR

"It’s only us that can be teenage girls, and only us that know what that means"

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WANDERINGS ON CULTURAL POVERTY: A SACRIFICE EVENTby ERNA ÓMARSDÓTTIR, VALDIMAR JÓHANNSSON & ICELAND DANCE COMPANY

"Coming of age for us means epic emotions, being in the black hole of ever changing hormones"

TJARNARBÍÓ - 20.00 - 22.00

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GRRRRRRLS BY ÁSRÚN MAGNÚSDÓTTIR

Turning thirteen - everything changed. We got teenage, we got problems, we got loved, and then we got loved again by someone else. We got to know things about things that you’ll never know, because we’re teenage girls and that’s not something just anyone can say. Because it’s only us that can be teenage girls, and only us that know what that means.

Concerned with what female solidarity can mean for a group of teenage girls today, Ásrún searches for answers among a crew of real-life dancing teenage girls. What does it mean for these girls to speak as one, what should they say? What does it mean for them to stand together, how should they stand? What does it mean for them to be together, to back one another up, to be all for one and one for all? Dancing through all these question and some more, Grrrrrrls looks to provide some answers.

Choreograher: Ásrún Magnúsdóttir

Dramatúrgical advice: Alexander Roberts

Commissioned by: Reykjavík Dance Festival.

Co-authors and performers: Alexandra Sól Anderson, Ásta Indía Valdimarsdóttir, Dagný Björk Harðadóttir, Erla Sverrisdóttir, Gunnhildur Snorradóttir, Hrafnhildur Sigurðardóttir, Hrefna Hreinsdóttir, Katla Sigurðardóttir, Lísbet Sveinsdóttir, Marta Ákadóttir, Nadja Oliversdóttir, Ólína Ákadóttir, Jóhanna Friðrika Weisshappel, Rakel Pavasri Kjerúlf, Salóme Júlíusdóttir, Tindra Gná Birgisdóttir, Una Barkadóttir, Unnur Hlíf Rúnarsdóttir, Valgerður Birna Jónsdóttir.

Ticket price: 2.000 ISK

For double bill: 3.000

WANDERINGS ON CULTURAL POVERTY BY ERNA ÓMARSDÓTTIR, VALDIMAR JÓHANNSSON & ICELAND DANCE COMPANY

Erna Ómarsdóttir and Valdimar Jóhannsson work with Iceland Dance Company to bring to life a happening, in conversation with Putrid Saphire, Gummi, a voodoo priestess, a hairdresser, a unicorn, a song…

During our teenage years most everything we do can be connected with a song that you heard,  a song that inspired you to do things that you thought you would never be capable of, a song that made you believe that the world was full of magic and wonder, a song that was above and , the song that you will constantly rediscover as you encounter each stage of life and its passing.

Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others. Maturity is when your world opens up and you realise that you are not the centre of it.

You can observe and listen, but you would enjoy it more if you would let your mind wander and partake, ask questions and be curious before our lives where moulding into place and our paths become less obscure and clouded by chaos.

Coming of age for us means epic emotions, being in the black hole of ever changing hormones. Music was something spiritual to our pubescent soul, spritiual and transcendental, the music was our god.

Supervisors: Erna Ómarsdóttir og Valdimar Jóhannsson

Photo: Hrafnhildur Hólmgeirsdóttir

Ticket price: 2.000 ISK

For double bill: 3.000

WITH EVERY BOUGHT TICKET YOU CAN BRING UP TO FIVE TEENAGEERS WITH YOU (10 - 20 YEARS OLD)

WANT TO BE A TICKET TO A SINGLE SHOW? PRESS HERE OR HERE

FOR THE DOUBLE BILL PRESS HERE

 

SATURDAY 26. NOVEMBER

LISTMUNDUR - ART AS A MOVEMENT FORCE

HARPA - 13:00 - 15:00

"a space for young people to be inspired, think and express themsleves about the art and its possibility as a movement force, a space to be heard and create dreams about the future"

As a part of RDF´s November edition, the festival invites the youth of Reykjavik to an Art National Assembly where the possibility of the arts to change the world, ourselves, each other and the society will be discussed. Participators will also be activists and some of Reykajvik´s finest artists in the field of visual arts, music and performing arts.

Listmundur is a space for young people to be inspired, think and express themsleves about the art and its possibility as a movement force, a space to be heard and create dreams about the future.

Listmundur is an experiement number one to create a platform for young people and their ideas about art and its potency? The goal of the event is to both collect and mediate the ideas of the next generation as well as to support their participation in the social discussion today.  

TUE 15. NOV - FRI 18. NOV

DANCE FOR ME: - A TOUR

"Ármann Einarsson, 51 years old, lives in Akureyri in North Iceland. He is a music school teacher, father of three and holds the Icelandic record in triple jumping since 1979"

In November, Dance for me will be shown in Reykjavík’s schools for students in 8th to 10th grade. This project is a collaboration between RDF and List fyrir Alla.

Ármann Einarsson, 51 years old, lives in Akureyri in North Iceland. He is a music school teacher, father of three and holds the Icelandic record in triple jumping since 1979. In 2013 he revealed to his daughter-in- law, choreographer Brogan Davison, his life-long desire to perform contemporary dance, ideally on stage, although he has never had any proper dance training. And so he and Brogan together developed an award-winning contemporary dance piece, celebrated first by local audiences and then at international festivals all over the world: is dance really for everybody?

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Höfundar / Concept: Brogan Davison, Pétur Ármannsson & Ármann Einarsson

Flytjendur / Performers: Brogan Davison & Ármann Einarsson

Leikstjóri / Director: Pétur Ármannsson

Danshöfundur / Choreographer: Brogan Davison

 

- OTHER GOOD STUFF - 

FRI 18. NOV & SAT 19. NOV

ÁSRÚN MAGNÚSDÓTTIR, RÓSA ÓMARSDÓTTIR and ALEXANDER ROBERTS

SECOND HAND KNOWLEDGE

MENGI- 21:00 - 22:00

"An ode to the dance, to its history and to the greatest influences of dance"

Where do dancers and choreographers in Iceland seek inspiration?
How is Icelandic modern dance? What are the current trends in the Icelandic dance world?

An ode to the dance, to its history and to the greatest influences of dance. If you're interested in dance you don't want to miss out on this piece and if you're not interested...well you will be after this performance.

Secondhand Knowledge is a research project between Rósa Ómarsdóttir, Ásrún Magnúsdóttir and Alexander Roberts where they look at dance history through the eyes of the geographical periphery of Europe.

Coming from Iceland, a very isolated island way up in the north, they realized that their perception of dance history was maybe not the same one as has been written about in central Europe. Their knowledge was mostly received second hand from the Eurocentrically claimed history of dance. When their only insight into what was going on in the dance world was through youtube trailers of dance pieces, they found themselves fill in the gaps and imagine what the rest of those trailers was. Often this misinterpretation lead to something completely else.

Having a strong believe in the value of knowledge that is received secondhand, interpreted and often mistranslated, Rósa, Ásrún and Alexander make, remake and reconstruct danceworks that were important to them and others, with full artistic freedom to fill in the gaps. They will somewhat bypass the traditional sense of dance history, from the ballet tradition, as it is mostly irrelevant to our own history and many others we will work with.

http://www.secondhandknowledge.co/
https://vimeo.com/166124821

TICKETS SOLD AT MENGI AN HOUR BEFORE THE EVENT

 

OVERSTATEMENT/OVERSTEINUNN: Expressions of Expectations

3 Statements - 3 Days

24.11 - 26. 11

"It will be an experiment. It will be an exploration. It will be an examination. It will be an expression. It will be an expression of expectations. It will be a statement"

I want to invite you into my space and share my research on expectations with you. It will be an experiment. It will be an exploration. It will be an examination. It will be an expression. It will be an expression of expectations. It will be a statement. It will be three statements in three days. Three different statements in three different days. It will not be a show. After we can talk. If you want.

Expect nothing! Expect everything! Expect anything! Expect something! What is expected? Of a performance? Of a performer? How much is enough? How much is too much? How much is not enough?

OVERSTATEMENT/OVERSTEINUNN: Expressions of Expectations is an ongoing solo project created and performed by myself. Through a series of articulated and embodied statements I express the expectations of a performance and the performer, concurrently questioning those very expectations. These statements take various shapes and forms and are stated in diverse ways depending on time, space and context. Since the initiation of the project I have made five public statements. My public statements are never the same; they are ever changing and develop as time passes and the space around us shifts and advances.

I have many expectations of what this project will be. What it will not be. What it might be. And what it might not be. What it should be. And what it should not be. In OVERSTATEMENT/OVERSTEINUNN: Expressions of Expectations I will make statements until it is enough.

www.steinunnketilsdottir.com / steinunnketils@gmail.com

 

SATURDAY 26. NOVEMBER

KATRÍN GUNNARSDÓTTIR

SHADES OF HISTORY

TJARNARBÍÓ - 20:30 - 21:30

 "An illusory act of bodily disappearance, drenched in the desire to deceive"

PHOTO: HÖRÐUR  SVEINSSON

PHOTO: HÖRÐUR  SVEINSSON

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 the dances themselves and their haunting urge to transcend the body of the dancer into pure uninterrupted bodiless flows of movement towards movement.

www.katringunnarsdottir.com

Choreography and performance: Katrín Gunnarsdóttir
Set design and costume: Eva Signý Berger
Light Design: Magnús Arnar Sigurðarson
Sound: Baldvin Magnússon
Dramaturgical advice and text: Alexander Roberts & Ásgerður G. Gunnarsdóttir
Assistant Choreographer: Védís Kjartansdóttir
Marketing: Heba Eir Kjeld

Supported by The Artists´ Salaries in Iceland, Ministry of Education and Culture,The City of Reykjavík / Residencies: IceHot, Dance Base Edinburgh and Reykjavík Dance Atelier

Ticket price: 2.900 ISK