THEL is a collective organism, a mass movement. An organic mass, listening and searching for support through repetitive motion and song, creating a situation of compassion and intimacy.
THEL is an organic embrace, a fragile mass of manual labour, a soft landscape.
THEL is a new Icleandic piece by the award winning choreograph Katrín Gunnarsdóttir.
Katrín Gunnarsdóttir is an Icelandic choreographer and dancer based in Reykjavík. She is interested in soft encounters, resonance, rhythm and how labour intensive choreographies reveal the relationship between action and its affect. Katrín has received numerous nominations for the Icelandic Performing Arts Awards (Gríman) and won the reward three times; as Choreographer of the year 2018 for Crescendo, Dancer of the year 2017 for Shades of History and Choreographer of the year 2013 with Melkorka Sigríður Magnúsdóttir for Coming Up. Katrín has also been nominated for the DV Culture Award for dance (2015 and 2016) and nominated in TANZ magazine (2017) with the collective Marble Crowd.
Her work has been supported and presented by national and international venues and festivals, including Tjarnarbíó Theatre (IS), Reykjavík Dance Festival (IS), Everybody´s Spectacular Festival (IS), The National Theatre of Iceland (IS), K3 Tanzplan Hamburg (DE), ICEHOT Nordic Dance Platform, Bora Bora (DK), wp Zimmer (BE), Kunstencentrum BUDA (BE), Dansearena Nord (NO), Stamsund International Theatre Festival (NO), Theatre ROXY (CH) and Dance Base Edinburgh (UK).
Choreography: Katrín Gunnarsdóttir
Costume and set design: Eva Signý Berger
Music: Baldvin Þór Magnússon
Light design: Kjartan Þórisson
Dramaturgical assistance: Alexander Roberts and Ásgerður G. Gunnarsdóttir
Dancers: Elín Signý Weywadt Ragnarsdóttir, Erna Gunnarsdóttir, Ernesto Camilo Aldazabal Valdes, Halla Þórðardóttir, Sigurður Andrean Sigurgeirsson, Shota Inoue and Unu Björg Bjarnadóttur.