AIŌN | [ Íd ] Íslenski dansflokkurinn


AIŌN is a new creation by Erna Ómarsdóttir and Anna Thorvaldsdóttir.

AIŌN is inspired by an abstract notion of time and the journey between dimensions.

In AIŌN Erna Ómarsdóttir choreographer and Anna Thorvaldsdóttir composer invite the audience on an otherworldly voyage where music and movement merge in a unique way.

Anna Thorvaldsdóttir and Erna Ómarsdóttir are both highly acclaimed within the artistic field. Anna Thorvaldsdóttir is currently Composer-in-residence with Iceland Symphony Orchestra and her work has been performed by the world’s leading orchestras, like the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic, to name a few. Erna Ómarsdóttir is the Artistic Director of Iceland Dance Company and has received much acclaim for her creations, which have been performed at leading art festivals and theatres worldwide.

AIŌN is a collaboration between Iceland Dance Company, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

AIŌN premiered at the Point Festival in Gothenburg with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra on May 24th 2019.

Concept and Artistic Direction: Erna Ómarsdóttir and Anna Thorvaldsdóttir
Music: Anna Thorvaldsdóttir
Choreography: Erna Ómarsdóttir
Conductor: Anna-Maria Helsing
Video Art: Pierre-Alain Giraud and Valdimar Jóhannsson
Light design: Valdimar Jóhannsson
Assistant Choreographer: Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir
Costumes: Agnieszka Baranowska

Dancers: Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon, Charmene Pang, Emilía Benedikta Gísladóttir, Erna Gunnarsdóttir,  Félix Urbina Alejandre, Shota Inoue, Sigurður Andrean Sigurgeirsson and Una Björg Bjarnadóttir.

Choreography is created in collaboration with IDC dancers.

Premiere October 21st at Harpa 

Season 2022-2023


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“Electrifying … there was much to think about here”
– David Nice, The Arts Desk

“An inexhaustibly inventive choreography by Erna Ómarsdóttir, of which the instrumentalists themselves occasionally participate: a violinist even sits on the shoulders of a dancer […] If it is to be judged by the faces of the public (and at the end there were plenty moistened by tears), the premiere of Aiōn, magnificently directed by Anna-Maria Helsing at the head of an excellent and chameleon-like Gothenburg Symphony, was a resounding success: an abstract work, without specific messages, but that managed to move and make everyone think.”
– El Pais/Luis Gago

“Demonstrated how much music and movement belong together … music and dancers became a “body of sound””
– Walter Weidringer, Die Presse

“A force of nature” […] “wonderfully delicious”
– Dagens Nyheter