A girl travels the earth’s wonders, through the woods and across the sea, where she meets animals whose properties she deeply desires. If only she could be as flexible as a serpent or have wings like a swan. Miraculous occurrences enable her to trade a bit of herself for the trait of her dreams. However, she doesn’t realize that she is forfeiting herself during those trades, transforming, losing her unique personality. Finally, late at night, she arrives home. Her mother’s standing to receive her but tragically doesn’t recognize her own child, for she has lost her individuality with all the transformations. The girl suddenly realizes how special she was all along. So, she quickly shakes off all her newly acquired qualities receiving her own unique structure again. A happy ending to an adventurous ride. A secret to share with a child.
Daydreams is Inga Maren‘s and Júlíanna Lára‘s second piece. The duo joined forces in 2007 when they co-funded the Culture Comp. with Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon and Lydía Grétardóttir. The Culture Comp. produced five stage productions and three dance short films in collaboration with director Þóra Hilmarsdóttir. In 2020 they premiered the solo piece ÆVI while at present they are working on the dance piece Þoka, which will open next season. Both latter performances have been in collaboration with the Icelandic Dance Company and had state funding.
Inga Maren has worked at the Iceland Dance Company since 2011. Additionally, she has worked in projects around the world/abroad and with freelance groups and choreograpers in Iceland. Inga Maren gratudated from London Contemporary Dance School with a BA degree, has a teachers certification in Flying Low and Passing Through techniques from David Zambrano as well as being a yoga teacher.
Júlíanna Lára has workd at the Iceland Dance Company since 2012 as a set- and costume designer. Júlíanna gratuated from Central Saint Martin in London with a BA degree in 2010. She has since worked as a set- and costume designer for cinema, television, short films, music videos, advertisements and theater.
A dance performance for children from the age of two.
The piece is 40 minutes. Following, there will be a small dance workshop for those who want.
Concept & choreography: Inga Maren Rúnarsdóttir
Costume & set design: Júlíanna Lára Steingrímsdóttir
Girl: Charmene Pang
Mother & swan: Halla Þórðardóttir
Serpent, hare and spider: Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon
Illustrator; program, set & poster: Auður Þórhallsdóttir
Costume maker: Alexía Rós Gylfadóttir
Light design: Pálmi Jónsson
Music: Songs by Alexandre Desplat, Henry Mancini, Jonny Greenwood, Dario Marianelli, Danny Elfman and Portico Quartet.
Sound: Baldvin Þór Magnússon
Photography: Hörður Sveinsson
Movements were created in collaboration with the dancers of the piece and Þyri Huld Árnadóttir who also assisted with costume design.
Premieres May 15th 2021 on the New Stage at Reykjavik City Theatre.