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SEQUENCES X – Helena Jónsdóttir: Journey
17 October, 2021–24 October, 2021
Helena Jónsdóttir premieres the video work JOURNEY for Sequences X.
In French, ‘jour’ means ‘day’ and ‘ajour’ means aperture: a slit that lets in daylight. ‘Ney’, the final part of the word ‘journey’, means ‘consolation’ in Hebrew, or ‘huggun’ in Icelandic. When we are going through a difficult process, we can find some comfort with each passing day on our journey. But, ‘Rétt að byrja’, the journey is just getting started.
Helena Jónsdóttir studied at the National Theatre Ballet School of Iceland, with additional studies at Alvin Ailey, New York. She has performed in and choreographed countless productions for television, film, music videos and the stage. Helena has also written, choreographed and directed many choreographic films – physical cinema, including Breaking Voices for the Reykjavík Art Festival in 2002 and the award winning film GONE her latest work still running in festivals. Helena is recognized internationally for her work in Scandinavia, Europe and the USA. In recent years, her work in video and film has been screened at various art spaces and festivals, national and international. She was nominated as the best choreographer at the Music Video Production Association Awards in Los Angeles in 2001. Helena won the first prize in the Icelandic Dance Theatre Awards in June 2003 with the work Open Source.
In addition to her creative projects, Helena is an associate professor both at the Iceland University of the Arts and at Stockholm Art Academy in Sweden and internationally she works as a lecturer and workshop leader. She was selected dance artist of the year by the Icelandic press and culture in 2017 for her work in physical cinema. Outside of her own works, she runs the Estate of Þorvaldur Þorsteinsson, writer and artist.