SHADES OF HISTORY - KATRÍN GUNNARSDÓTTIR
"a portrait of dance itself and it’s haunting urge to transcend the body of the dancer into pure uninterrupted bodiless flows of movement towards movement"
Shades of History appears before us as a strange kind of hypnotic stage magic. An illusory act of bodily disappearance, drenched in the desire to deceive. Katrín’s dancing body – with all its needs for rest and recovery – labours to render itself invisible behind the magic and illusion of a dance that hopes to never tire, but rather flow endlessly into evermore flowing flows.
Haunted by its past animations, Katrín's spasming body-memory provides Katrín with her dance material. Animated by a dance history of gestures and breaths that she has borrowed from other choreographers’ repertoires over the years and incorporated into her own work. At the heart of this illusion dance is a portrait of dance itself and it’s haunting urge to transcend the body of the dancer into pure uninterrupted bodiless flows of movement towards movement.
Katrín Gunnarsdóttir is a dancer and a choreographer based in Iceland. She studied contemporary dance at Iceland Academy of the Arts and choreography at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts (NL), graduating in 2008. She received a DanceWEB scholarship in 2007 at the Impulstanz festival in Vienna.
Katrín is interested in resonance, rhythm and how labour intensive choreographies reveal the relationship between action and its affect. She has made the solo performances Saving History (2014) and Shades of History (2016), inspired by her own relationship with borrowed dance material, and Macho Man (2015) for dance artist Saga Sigurðardóttir. In 2016 she made the group performance KVIKA and is currently developing her trio Crescendo (2018).
Her work has been presented at numerous venues and festivals in Iceland, including Tjarnarbíó Theatre, Reykjavík Dance Festival, Lókal, Everybody´s Spectacular, The National Theatre of Iceland, ACT Alone Festival and A! Performance Festival. She has toured internationally with her work since 2013, showing in festivals and programs in Denmark, Norway, Poland, Germany, UK and Switzerland.
Choreography and performance: Katrín Gunnarsdóttir / Set design and costume: Eva Signý Berger / Light Design: Magnús Arnar Sigurðarson / Sound: Baldvin Magnússon / Dramaturgical advice: Alexander Roberts and Ásgerður G. Gunnarsdóttir / Assistant Choreographer: Védís Kjartansdóttir / Marketing: Heba Eir Kjeld / Photos: Hörður Sveinsson and Jeaneen Lund
Production: Katrín Gunnarsdóttir / Co-produced by Tjarnarbíó Theatre / Supported by The Artists´ Salaries in Iceland, Ministry of Education and Culture,The City of Reykjavík and Reykjavík Dance Festival / Residencies: IceHot, Dance Base Edinburgh and Reykjavík Dance Atelier