Erna Ómarsdóttir

ID2015_P7A3133Artistic Director

Erna Ómarsdóttir has made an impact on the contemporary dance world in Europe. She is known for her personal style and is often referred to as “the enfant terrible”. She is without a doubt one of Iceland’s most renowned dancer and choreographer and her work has been performed at various dance and art festivals all over the world. Ómarsdóttir has been highly praised for her work as a dancer and choreographer. She has received five Gríma awards and has on several occasions been voted as the best modern dancer and the most exiting young and upcoming choreographer by Europe’s biggest dance magazine Ballettanz. She has worked with various dance companies and artists including Jan Fabre, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Les Ballet C de la B, Björk, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Garbríela Friðriksdóttir. These last few years Ómarsdóttir has mainly focused on her own work with her dance company Shalala, which has enjoyed great popularity in Europe. Ómarsdóttir worked as the artistic adviser for Iceland Dance Company for the season 2014-2015 and has now been appointed as the company’s Artistic Director.