Rósa Ómarsdottir, Traces

24/11/2017 - 25/11/2017

For the dance performance/installation Traces, the Icelandic choreographer Rósa Ómarsdóttir studies pagan rituals. She is fascinated by the idea that rituals like witchcraft and animism (the concept on the basis of which stones, plants or other natural phenomena have a soul as well) show a deep respect for nature and consider themselves as a part of that nature. She believes we urgently have to change our behaviour and our view on the environment, especially now that the climate crisis is on our tail. 

Ómarsdóttir investigates whether and how anthropomorphic practices (involving human qualities being attributed to animals, plants or objects) may affect their own environment. To this end, she builds a decor referring to varying landscapes. On the basis of rituals, she tries to ‘change’ the decor. The spectators and dancers find themselves in a magical, dynamic and ever changing landscape where, over time, it is not clear any more whether the scenography controls the dancers or vice versa… A bit like in real life!

“Maybe it is worth running the risks associated with anthropomorphism (superstition, devinization of nature, romanticism) because it, oddly enough, works against anthropocentrism: a chord is stuck between person and a thing, and I am no longer above or outside a nonhuman environment”.  ——— Jane Bennett, Vibrant Matter

Rósa Ómarsdóttir is an Icelandic choreographer based in Brussels. She studied dance and choreography at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and in P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels from where she graduated in 2014 and in 2015 Rósa received a DanceWeb scholarship to attend Impulstanz. She has made several performances in collaboration with Inga Huld Hákonardóttir, i.e. Radiodance, Wilhelm Scream and The Valley, where they focused especially on ambiguity and the concept of the uncanny valley.


IS | Choreography: Rósa Ómarsdóttir | Dancers: Tiran Willemse, Kathryn Vickers, Inga Huld Hákonardóttir and Kinga Jaczewska | Scenography: Ragna Þórunn Ragnarsdóttir | Music: Sveinbjörn Thorarensen | Costumes: Wim Muyllaert | Light and Tech: Elke Verachtert | Production: Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek | Production Manager: Sinta Wibowo | Co-production: Kunstencentrum BUDA, Beursschouwburg, MDT Stockholm, Teaterhuset Avant Garden. | Supported by: Stuk Leuven, WpZimmer, Flemish Arts Fund, Nordic Culture Contact, Brussels VGC, Nordic Culture Fund and Reykjavík Culture Fund.

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