The Best of Darkness
by Erna Ómarsdóttir and Valdimar Jóhannsson
to the original music by Sigur Rós and Valdimar Jóhannsson
Be vulnerable! Embrace your shade and weakness! Embrace the darkness!
The subjects of the kingdom of starved spirits are described as creatures with a weak neck, a small mouth, tattered limbs, and big, bloated belly. This is the domain of addiction, with its eternal search for ready-made solutions to ease the infinite craving for satisfaction. But the spirits cannot appease their hunger because they do not know what kind of nourishment they need. They struggle with unruly emptiness and are doomed to wander helplessly in their kingdom forever.
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 Embracewas premiered during winter solstice 2017, at Sigur Rós’s festival Norður og niður at Harpa concert hall. The video installation Life in the Undergrowthin collaboration with Pierre-Alain Giraud, premiered at the opening of the Winter Lights Festivalin Reykjavík in February 2018 and was projected on two large oil tanks near the Marshall house. 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. The fourth and final work, The Best of Darkness, will premiere at Spectacularin November 2018 and will be created for theatre space.
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.