A WORD FROM THE CURATORS:
Smallest Acts of Defiance
In the thickening dark of November, Everybody’s Spectacular finds hope in the idea that even the smallest acts of defiance can make a major impact upon the world around us. Whether it’s standing up for a person’s rights, speaking out against sexual harassment and abuse, or kneeling down in protest on a football field, there lies in every defiant act a hopeful refusal to accept the status quo, and a belief that the difficult realities that define present times are transformable.
This year, through a programme of seemingly simple acts – singing, dancing, standing up, standing still, speaking up, as well as simply daring to show up, to listen, to question and imagine – this hopeful defiance appears in the festival, day through till night, through the vessels of different loud and unapologetic bodies and voices.
This programme of performances, talks, workshops and parties brings together local and international artists and audience willing to listen more, to feel more, and to think anew.To see the yet-to-be seen, to hear the not yet heard, to imagine beyond the imaginable. Little of this will come easily, some of it will be very hard, but we are here to do it together. One defiant act at a time.
Ásgerður G. Gunnarsdóttir, Ragnheiður Skúladóttir, Alexander Roberts, Bjarni Jónsson, artistic directors
ELINA PIRINEN (FI) // BROKENTALKERS (IE) // MARGRÉT SARA GUÐJÓNSDÓTTIR (DE/IS) // GERALD KURDIAN (FR) // METTE EDVARDSEN (NO/BE) // THE FAMOUS LAUREN BARRI HOLSTEIN (UK) // BÁRA SIGFÚSDÓTTIR (IS/BE) // ÁSRÚN MAGNÚSDÓTTIR (IS) // KATRÍN GUNNARSDÓTTIR (IS) // KVISS BÚMM BANG (IS) // RAGNAR + MAÍSÓL (IS) // PHILIPPE QUESNE (FR) // STEINUNN KETILSDÓTTIR (IS) // ANT HAMPTON & CHRISTOPHE MEIERHANS (DE/UK) // DANCE FOR ME (IS) // RAGNAR KJARTANSSON & MARGRÉT BJARNADÓTTIR (IS) // ICELAND DANCE COMPANY (IS) // TRIGGER WARNING (IS) // SARAH VANHEE (BE) //