Romeo + Juliet
by Erna Ómarsdóttir og Halla Ólafsdóttir, music by Sergei Prokofiev
Four Icelandic cultural institutions join hands and bring to the stage Romeo+Juliet, the renowned dance work by Erna Ómarsdóttir and Halla Ólafsdóttir, performed by Iceland Dance Company and Sinfonia Nord, in collaboration with the Reykjavík Arts Festival and the National Theatre of Iceland.
Romeo + Juliet was originally created in collaboration with the dancers of Ballet des Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, München, and premiered in the fall of 2018. The work will be developed, adapted and re-created with the dancers of Iceland Dance Company and Sinfonia Nord. Using Shakespeare’s play as a starting point, Romeo + Juliet by Erna Ómarsdóttir and Halla Ólafsdóttir merges contemporary dance, visual art and Prokofiev´s music. The performance deconstructs the original story into a web of simultaneous narratives, merging references from popular culture with the language of ballet. The outcome is a nightmarish monster; an abstract world full of blood, love, ballet exorcism, fire, dance and death. Romeo + Juliet glides across the sands of consciousness. Like a bloody river, winding its way to sea.
Artistic directors and choreographers: Erna Ómarsdóttir and Halla Ólafsdóttir
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Set: Chrisander Brun
Costumes: Sunneva Ása Weishappel
Video: Valdimar Jóhannsson
Conductor: Anna-Maria Helsing
Dancers: Charmeng Pang, Elín Signý W. Ragnarsdóttir, Erna Gunnarsdóttir, Félix Urbina Alejandre, Halla Þórðardóttir, Inga Maren Rúnarsdóttir, Shota Inoue, Sigurður Andrean Sigurgeirsson, Una Björg Bjarnadóttir og Þyri Huld Árnadóttir