Sacrifice| Southbank Centre, London
Sacrifice by the Icelandic Dance Company in collaboration with Icelandic artists Ragnar Kjartansson, Gabríela Friðriksdóttir, Erna Ómarsdóttir, Margrét Bjarnadóttir, Matthew Barney, Valdimar Jóhannsson and more.
Part of Nordic Matters
18.-20. August 2017
Southbank Centre, London
Sacrifice by Iceland Dance Company is a spectacle of dance, art and film created in collaboration with visual artists Ragnar Kjartansson and Matthew Barney.
Part dance, part ballet, part rock concert, part film – Sacrifice spills from the stage into an immersive ‘market’ environment in the foyer spaces of Royal Festival Hall.
It is a festival of common things made holy, inspired by ideas around ritual, religion and art.
‘We’ve always been looking for something to believe in, something that we could call ours. Now, at last, we may have found it. Actually, it was staring us in the face all along: Art.’
The works in Sacrifice include:
A dance celebrating life and death by Valdimar Jóhannsson and choreographed by Erna Ómarsdóttir in collaboration with the dancers of the company
A ballet for eight dancers and eight guitars to the music by The National’s Bryce Dessner. Created by performance and visual artist Ragnar Kjartansson and choreographer Margrét Bjarnadóttir.
Union of the North
A performative video installation that fuses together themes of consumerism and spirituality. Created by renowned American visual artist Matthew Barney, choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir and musician Valdimar Jóhannsson.
During the intervals, see Dies Irae, a short film by visual artist Gabriela Friðriksdóttir focusing on the transition from life to death though moments of joy, grief, death and resurrection. Made in collaboration with Ómarsdóttir and Jóhannsson.
‘Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.’ (Edmund Burke).
In partnership with Reykjavík City Theatre and LÓKAL Performing Arts Reykjavík.
Co-produced by: Spring Festival Utrecht; Kunstcentrum BUDA, Kortrijk; Tanzhaus Düsseldorf; Reykjavík Dance Festival (apap)
Supported by: Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Kulturkontakt Nord, Nordic Culture Fund, City of Reykjavík and Shalala.