STEINUNN KETILSDÓTTIR - OVERSTATEMENT/OVERSTEINUNN
Expect nothing! Expect everything! Expect anything! Expect something! What is expected? Of a performance? Of a performer? How much is enough? How much is too much? How much is not enough?
OVERSTATEMENT/OVERSTEINUNN: Expressions of Expectations is an ongoing solo project. Through a series of articulated and embodied statements I express the expectations of a performance and the performer, concurrently questioning those very expectations. These statements take various shapes and forms and are stated in diverse ways.
The project is a continuation of my MA Final Project in Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and emerged from my struggle to explain and articulate my work in an institutional setting. Faced with the challenge I decided to over-articulate, over-explain and over-express myself in an attempt to convey my multiplicity. I would OVERSTATE myself.
Since the initiation of the project I have been making public statements. Each public statement consists of one or more singular statements, both articulated and embodied, that together in their multiplicity make that very public statement. They are never the same. They are ever changing and develop as time passes and the space around us shifts and advances.
I have many expectations of what this project will be. What it will not be. What it might be and what it might not be. What it should be. And what it should not be. I will make statements until it is enough.
Steinunn Ketilsdóttir is an Icelandic choreographer. In 2002 she graduated from Reykjavík University and in 2005 she earned a BA in Dance from Hunter College, NY. In 2016 she graduated with a Master in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch School of Arts. Upon graduation at the Tisch School of the Arts she was awarded the coveted Performance Studies Award.Steinunn has worked internationally throughout her career both independently and in collaboration with other artists, creating a number of works that have been shown at various venues and festivals in Iceland and across Europe. In New York her work has been presented by Movement Research at the Judson Church and Dixon Place.
Steinunn is currently developing and presenting her ongoing solo project, OVERSTATEMENT/OVERSTEINUNN: Expressions of Expectations and working on the choreographic research project EXPRESSIONS: the power and politics of expectations in dance, alongside other collaborative projects. She recently received a research fellow position at the Performing Arts Department of the Iceland Academy of the Arts.