What makes a dance piece?
What do we expect it to be?
Or not to be?
Piece no. 1 is the first in a series of works – Pieces – by Icelandic choreographer Steinunn Ketilsdóttir. The work emerges from the choreographic research project EXPRESSIONS: the power and politics of expectations in dance which Steinunn has been leading for the past two years in conversation and collaboration with a body of international artists and scholars. Throughout its duration, research findings kaleidoscopically manifest themselves through performances, presentations and publications.
The project aims to be a catalyst for the generation of new knowledge in the field of dance exploring the potentialities of the art form outside of its expected manifestations. EXPRESSIONS operates as a spacemaker, rhizomatically opening up territories where critical engagement with the structural expectations of dance can be encountered. A space of exploration and analysis. A space which invites deep listening. A space where we can envision and practice the dance of tomorrow. Piece no. 1will be Steinunn’s first experimentation in presenting discoveries from the research through the medium of the ensemble dance piece created for stage. What to expect from Piece no. 1?
Choreographer: Steinunn Ketilsdóttir
Music: Áskell Harðarson
Costumes: Alexía Rós Gylfadóttir
Light design: Leticia Skrycky
Steinunn Ketilsdóttir is an Icelandic choreographer based in Reykjavík. In 2005 she graduated with a BA in Dance from Hunter College, NY and in 2016 she graduated with a Master in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch School of Arts. In 2002, she earned a BSc. in Business Administration from Reykjavík University. Steinunn has worked internationally throughout her career, independently and in collaboration with other artists, creating a number of works that have been shown across Europe and in New York. From 2007 she collaborated with choreographer Brian Gerke and currently she collaborates with choreographer Sveinbjörg Þórhallsdóttir and visual artist Jóní Jónsdóttir.
Steinunn has been nominated for the Icelandic Theater Awards for her works and collaborations and in 2010 she was awarded for both performance and choreography for her solo Superhero. Upon graduation at the Tisch School of the Arts she was awarded the coveted Performance Studies Award.
Steinunn has been a guest teacher and faculty member at the Performing Arts Department of the Iceland Academy of the Arts since 2007. She recently received a research fellow position at the department. Throughout her career Steinunn has been an active member of the independent dance scene in Iceland and involved in the development of Reykjavík Dance Festival and the founding of Reykjavík Dance Atelier.
Steinunn is currently developing and presenting her ongoing solo project, OVERSTATEMENT/OVERSTEINUNN: Expressions of Expectationsand working on the choreographic research project EXPRESSIONS: the power and politics of expectations in dance.