Articles and interviews

Here you will find articles on artists working in or in connection with Dansverkstæðið; dancers, choreographers, performance artists and more. 


The articles are written in English by project manager Rex Beckett.

This page is a work in progress with more articles to come.

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Talk About The Weather:

In Conversation with Marble Crowd

No matter how cliché the topic is elsewhere, talking about the weather is practically a sport in Iceland. In a place with such volatile meteorology, it’s impossible to not be affected and informed by its overarching and incessant presence. This is what the Marble Crowd collective are forging into on their new project. Each bringing diverse elements as unique as weather patterns, Marble Crowd is comprised of Katrín Gunnarsdóttir (choreographer), Kristinn Guðmundsson (visual artist), Saga Sigurðardóttir (choreographer), Sigurður Arent Jónsson (theater artist) and Védís Kjartansdóttir (dancer). Since their first work as a collective, Moving Mountains in 2017, they have been defining and refining their practices and continue to do so as they move towards exploring new territories. Now they have begun the research process for their new piece, meeting at Dansverkstæðið to chart out their course.

Photo: Marble Crowd

Crashing Through the Pond: Recreating Swan Lake with Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon & Cameron Corbett

“Who are these women, these swans?” asks Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon. “Why are they there? How does it feel living in a pond?” These simple yet enigmatic questions are at the crux of what he and Cameron Corbett are in the midst of asking as they deconstruct Swan Lake. Meeting in Studio 2 of Dansverkstæðið, the two are in the process of researching a new approach to the canonical ballet, specifically in purpose of creating a segmented piece for the graduating class of Listaháskóli Íslands’ contemporary dance department.

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Dwelling In Nothingness:

in conversation with Yelena Arakelow

Thousands upon thousands of earthquakes have been shaking Iceland for the past three weeks and Yelena Arakelow is feeling the effects. The 27-year old dance artist from Switzerland has been presenting a piece in Listasafn Reykjanesbær since January, and her energy is running low. Her performance, 'Moving Sideways Attempt Nr. 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11’, is based around the theme of dwelling and resting, and is being carried out in the epicentre of these quakes where rest is constantly disturbed and dwellings are being shaken. Despite these geological disturbances to the body and soul, she arrived to Dansverkstæðið for this conversation in good spirits.

Photo: Moving sideways, Attempt Nr. 7, by Dagur Jóhannsson

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