RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, MARGRÉT BJARNADÓTTIR & IDC TO THE MUSIC BY BRYCE DRESSNER - NO TOMORROW
a manifesto of rythm, movement, chords and vague emotions. A contemplation on the beauty, inner strength and art of the dancer
WHEN // WHERE // LANGUAGE // DURATION
Wednesday 15th November at 21:00 // Reykjavík City Theatre, Listabraut 3, 103 Reykjavík // 30 minutes
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Iceland Dance Company participates in this year´s festival with the Icelandic Performing Arts Award winning show No Tomorrow, which has been touring Europe these past months as a part of Iceland Dance Company’s performance festival SACRIFICE. No Tomorrow has been highly acclaimed by both critics and audience and received the Icelandic Performing Arts Award (Gríman) in 2017 for best choreography and for the best performance, which was the first time ever a dance performance is announced as Performance of the year at Gríman.
No Tomorrow is ballet for eight dancers and eight guitars. Acoustics that travel in the vast theatre space. The ballet is a manifesto of rythm, movement, chords and vague emotions. A contemplation on the beauty, inner strength and art of the dancer. Counting and space. The way the sound and the playing travels. The way sound induces an emotion. Bryce Dessner’s music is composed exclusively for this experiment. And Sappho was an inspiration to Kjartansson and Bjarnadóttir. But the lyrics in the piece include only one sentence by the harp player of Lesbos, it’s main source of inspiration is Vivant Denon’s novelle, Point de Lendemain. A lusty, hyperpoetical work of prose dating back to the late 18th century. An homage to the coming of age and the idea of the real lover in those mysterious times. This may come across as a Calvin Klein show, but it’s rococco – is more akin to Watteau.
Ragnar Kjartansson engages multiple artistic mediums throughout his performative practice. The artist’s video installations, performances, drawings, and paintings incorporate the history of film, music, visual culture, and literature. His works are connected through their pathos and humor, with each deeply influenced by the comedy and tragedy of classical theater. Kjartansson's use of durational, repetitive performance to harness collective emotion is a hallmark of his practice and recurs throughout his work.
Margrét Bjarnadóttir is an artist based in Reykjavík. Her multidisciplinary practice spans the fields of dance, performance, visual arts and literature.
Lights : Björn Bergsteinn Guðmundsson
Musical Direction : Kjartan Sveinsson
Costumes : Helga I. Stefánsdóttir
Make-up : Fríða María Harðardóttir
Thank you : Benedict Andrews, Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir, Pauline De Lassus & Lilja Gunnarsdóttir
The song No Tomorrow is written by Bryce Dessner, Ragnar Kjartansson and Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir, based on the writings of Vivant Denon, Sappho and Paul the Apostle.
Performers : Aðalheiður Halldórsdóttir, Anais Barthe, Elín Signý Weywadt Ragnarsdóttir, Halla Þórðardóttir, Heba Eir Kjeld, Inga Maren Rúnarsdóttir, Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir Védís Kjartansdóttir. The piece is created and staged in close collaboration with the performers.