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The Best of Darkness

The Best of Darkness is a part of the Double-bill evening DÍSABLÓT.

The Best of Darkness
by Erna Ómarsdóttir and Valdimar Jóhannsson
to the original music by Sigur Rós and Valdimar Jóhannsson

Embrace your shadow and weakness, embrace darkness!

The darkness is warm and embracing. A place where you can sleep tight and journey to dreamland or return back to your mother’s womb. Be vulnerable. But darkness is also frightening, a kingdom of nightmares and loneliness, the domain of hungry ghosts who wander in search for relieve and satisfaction. Continuously searching for the light that casts a shadow on others, they will never satisfy their hunger, but be stuck in roaring emptiness; a tempest they have us battling forevermore. 

The Best of Darkness is the fourth and final piece in a series of work, inspired by darkness and the vulnerability of the human body. The first piece in the series At Dusk, We Embrace was premiered during winter solstice 2017, at Sigur Rós’s festival Norður og Niður.  The video installation Life in the Undergrowth in collaboration with Pierre-Alain Giraud, premiered at the opening of the Winter Lights Festival in Reykjavík in February 2018 and was projected on two large oil tanks. The third piece, Variations of Darkness, was specially created for the bright space at Reykjavik Art Museum and performed at Reykjavik Arts Festival in June 2018. 

All the work is performed to music by Sigur Rós and under the artistic direction of Erna Ómarsdóttir and Valdimar Jóhannsson, created in collaboration with IDC dancers.

Dancers: Sigurður Andrean Sigurgeirsson, Elín Signý Weywadt Ragnarsdóttir, Erna Gunnarsdóttir, Felix Urbina Alejandre, Þyri Huld Árnadóttir, Inga Maren Rúnarsdóttir, Hannes Þór Egilsson, Sólbjört Sigurðardóttir and Una Björg Bjarnadóttir.

 

Reviews

“I cried my eyes out. I have never been to a dance performance before that affected my core emotions in this way. […] The aim here was to create a deranged experience warfare and they did succeed. It was truly amazing”
– A.J.E. Lestarklefinn at the Icelandic Broadcasting Network

“Truly a phenomenal evening. [..] Sometimes you want to go abroad and see a really high-quality performance, but you really don’t need to, you just see this performance. This is a HIGH-QUALITY performance”
– B.B. Lestarklefinn at the Icelandic Broadcasting Network

“The dancers’ performance was incredible, considering that the performance demands nearly inhuman capabilities from them, especially in the last scene when they throw each other around the room as they themselves are the shadow creatures. The audience thus feels their despair, anger and raging emotions expressed on the stage. The piece truly has an impact on you.
As in many of Erna’s pieces, the mood of the piece is beastly and inhuman, even though you do catch a glimpse of humanity and compassion. Her characteristics as a dancer and choreographer do come across in this piece, as the piece contains expressive movement materials, that the dancers deliver very nicely.

The costumes, set, the shadow creatures and the lighting, is all very well executed and helps to create the ambience which is vital for the piece.

An impressive performance that leaves the audience with both light and darkness in their mind.”
– S.G.M. Menningin at RÚV (Icelandic Broadcasting Network)

IDC on tour

November 2nd and 3rd, 2019 // Hong Kong –  World Cultures Festival // The Best of Darkness

November 29th and 30th, 2019 // Bilbao –  Teatro Arriaga // The Best of Darkness

June 20th, 2020 // Harstad – Arctic Arts Festival // AIŌN

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