CREVASSES | [ Íd ] Íslenski dansflokkurinn


A human landscape of photographs

Duration: 60 min

A piece that explores the hidden layers of the mind, where traumas and other alike experiences stay put until the thin layer that hides them brakes to reveal the forgotten or suppressed wounds. People continue as members of their society with all their baggage, often in a haze or in mimical ways. How people help each other or choose to not see what is in front of them is of special interest and inspiration for the work. The music is carefully adapted to the work and photos by the acclaimed photographer RAX surround the world creating a beautiful landscape.

The mind is in a fog.
Each and every thought is clouded, drifted over with a snow.
Surroundings, that were once familiar, have turned monotonous and uncanny.
Just as the ptarmigan changes its colors in order to survive, one must respond to the environment and adapt.
It becomes one with the mountain, seeks cover, vanishes into thin air.
It does not want to be seen.
It is as if running blood starts to clot in the vessels.
Everything becomes slow and fast at the same time.
Every glance is tied to terror, each breath too loud, and every bodily cell is overwhelmed by the beating of the heart.
Every movement is demanding.
Have I been uncovered?
Hands fumbling in the fog.
The skies clear.
There is no hiding the hurt, neither inside or out.
A wounded spirit, a broken heart.
Crevasses covered with snow.
Time goes on while the deep lingers, patient in a bed of white.

In the work Crevasses, four dancers perform in a landscape of photographs by RAX, Ragnar Axelsson. The images are used in an unconventional way and give the dancers a chance to disappear into the scene.

Inga Maren Rúnarsdóttir has worked as a dancer and choreographer for many years, both for the Iceland Dance Company, as well as independent dance groups. She has worked with a number of choreographers, including Damien Jalet, Erna Ómarsdóttir, Anton Lackhy and most recently Kristján Ingimarsson in Copenhagen in 2021.

Inga Maren and Júlíanna Lára have created two dance works together in the last three years and Crevasses is the third. 

The works Ævi (Lifetime) and Dagdraumar (Daydreams) received great reviews and were nominated for six Icelandic Performing Arts Awards (Gríman) in 2021. Inga Maren received two awards, for dancer and choreographer of the year.

Choreographer: Inga Maren Rúnarsdóttir

Costumes and set design: Júlíanna Lára Steingrímsdóttir (with photography from RAX)

Music: Based on the composition Quadrantes by Óttar Sæmundsen & Stephan Stephensen. Arranged by Stephan Stephensen.

Photography: Ragnar Axelsson (RAX)

Light design: Pálmi Jónsson

Costume maker: Alexía Rós Gylfadóttir & G-Elsa Ásgeirsdóttir

Dancers: Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon, Emilía Benedikta Gísladóttir, Erna Gunnarsdóttir, Sigurður Andrean Sigurgeirsson.

The piece is supported by the Performing Arts Council (Sviðslistarráð) and is produced in collaboration with The Iceland Dance Company. 

The piece will premiere on February 4th at the Reykjavik City Theatre.