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To be a body is to be effectuated (Bruno Latour).

During the workshop we will dedicate our focus to the task of being bodies. We will apply methods and exercises for fuelling our senses, stretching our nervous system and indulging as bodies: raw, tender, absurd, sympathetic and unexpected bodies. We will explore different impacts for movement: sound, breath, imagery, interaction, anarchy. We will bring our awareness to body parts as if through a magnifying glass, we will roll and transform, we will meditate through our bodies, explore and explode.

How does one breathe and dance as a gooey tortoise, or rugged as a storm …or as subtle as a vanilla soap bar?

Some of the explorations that will be shared in the workshop are drawn from our on-going research related to our recent performance work THIS GRACE, a collaboration with dancer Hannes Egilsson, the Iceland Dance Company and Reykjavik Art Museum 2019.

Halla Þórðardóttir & Saga Sigurðardóttir

Halla is an Icelandic dancer, based in Reykjavík. Since graduating as a contemporary dancer from the Iceland University of the Arts in 2013 she has danced with a number of local and international choreographers and artistst and has been a company dancer with the Iceland Dance Company, Royal Swedish Ballet and Sasha Waltz & Guests.

Halla is also a dancer and assistant choreographer in the 2018 film Suspiria, directed by Luca Guadagnino and choreographed by Damien Jalet.

Halla’s interests lie within deep explorations of physicalities, physical sensations and bodily indulgences.

Saga is a dancer and performing artist, born and based in Reykjavík. She studied contemporary dance and experimental choreography at ArtEZ Art Academy (NL) and finalized her MFA in Performing Arts at Iceland University of the Arts in 2017. She also holds a BA in Theology from Iceland University. Saga has created, directed and performed an extensive variety of works, often in collaboration with artists wide across the arts, locally and internationally. Her work and collaborations touch multiple contexts; dance and theatre, music performance, gallery gigs and metal festivals. To name some. Saga is a member of the art collectives Marble Crowd, 16 Lovers and The Post Performance Blues Band. She is a regular tutor at the Department for Performing Arts at the IUA.

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