Image::  Kjartan Már Magnússon

Image::  Kjartan Már Magnússon

One, doubled, a copy, a fake, two fakes, two of the same fake, identical, One. This is The Valley, where the 2 become 1… or two.

The Valley is a place where man and machine have merged and the boundaries between lifeless bodies and animate machines have blurred. The Valley is a place of doubles. Where two become one, only to duplicate again, as it becomes unclear where one thing ends and another begins. What is a replica of which? Playing on the line of what is natural and what is artificial the performers use objects to make sounds and sounds to make movements as they question what is really in control. By dwelling in the ambiguous grey zone, in the valley of the uncanny, they bring to focus the double meaning of mechanical humans, artificial nature, organic machines and synthetic gardens. This double meaning puts off the soothing comfort of the perfect symmetry, the perfect mathematical order.

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Choreography and performance: Inga Huld Hákonardóttir & Rósa Ómarsdóttir

Music: Sveinbjörn Thorarenssen

Scenography: Ragna Þórunn Ragnarsdóttir

Lights: Arnar Ingvarsson

Funded by: the Icelandic Ministry of Culture, the City of Reykjavík, the Town of Garðabær

With support by: Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Kunstencentrum BUDA, wpZimmer, WorkSpaceBrussels, de School van Gaasbeek, Tjarnabíó-theater, Reykjavík Dance Atelier and Reykjavík Dance Festival

Rósa Ómarsdóttir is an Icelandic dancer and choreographer based in Brussels. She studied theatre and contemporary dance at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík and later moved to Brussels to study at P.A.R.T.S. from where she graduated in 2014. Outside her studies she performed in Bird Watching 4x4 (2012) by Benjamin Vandewalle. Recently she made the duet Wilhelm Scream (2013) together with Inga Huld Hákonardóttir, which has been presented at theaters and galleries around Europe. Rósa's graduation work Chatter, Clatter and Other Arrangements (2014) was made in collaboration with Hagar Tenenbaum and Christoffer Schieche. She is currently working on a new project, The Valley, with Inga as well as working on a research project, Secondhand Knowledge, with Ásrún Magnúsdóttir In the summer 2015 she received a DanceWeb Scholarship to attend Impulstanz Festival in Vienna.

Inga Huld Hákonardóttir is an Icelandic dancer and choreographer based in Brussels. She graduated from P.A.R.T.S in 2014, presenting and performing two pieces on the graduation tour: Slogan for Modern Times (in collaboration with Kathryn Vickers) and Wilhelm Scream (in collaboration with Rósa Ómarsdóttir). In the summer of 2013 she received the DanceWeb scholarship for the enhanced education program at ImpulsTanz in Vienna. She was also nominated with the Icelandic performing arts award Gríman for her solo Do Humans Dream of Android Sleep. In the past year, Inga has worked with choreographers Salva Sanchis and Eleanor Bauer, and has performed with Ictus contemporary music ensemble. She is currently working on two collaborative projects, the continuation of Slogan for Modern Times and the new piece The Valley.