Ever wondered how languages relate to the environments in which they’re uttered? Do you tweet? Interested in donating your twitter space and time to an international text performance that explores linguistic ecosystems? Then you’re invited to participate in #gibberese. I’m a Reykjavík-based interdisciplinary artist, and on Saturday August 25th I will debut a new work at the Queensland Poetry Festival in Brisbane, Australia. This work will include a live collaboration on Twitter (projected during my performance) by text enthusiasts around the globe. Your participation would last for just over an hour (corresponding with 19:30 to 20:45 Brisbane time… which is 9:30 to 10:45 Reykjavík time… or you do the math if you live elsewhere). If this squeaks your squirrel, e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info. angela rawlings is the 2012 Queensland Poet-in-Residence and the author of ‘Wide slumber for lepidopterists.’ Her work in Australia continues development of Sound Poetry and Visual Poetry, a project with an Icelandic series and now an Australian series. For information on angela’s residency, check out http://qldpir.tumblr.com. The photo included here is from the Australian series.
The Reykjavík Dance Festival has changed nearly as much as the art of dance itself in its twelve years of existence. But a change of directors and board members this spring has brought on much more drastic changes to its scope and concept for coming years. In conversation with the Grapevine, managing director Hlynur Páll Pálsson explained how. Creating a pulse When the concept began, there was not a dance program at Iceland Academy of Arts, or many independent dance companies. Hlynur says that RDF’s beginnings were “basically a grassroots thing: people making a festival for themselves to show their
The lobby of Borgarleikhúsið is lit up in purple and packed with nicely dressed people, chattering and sipping wine. The line at the bar is long. There is a sense of excitement for the premier of Emotional, a double feature dance performance. The first act is Meadow, choreographed by Brian Gerke, who joined the Iceland Dance Company in 2012. The second is EMO1994 by Ole Martin Meland of Norway’s national contemporary dance company Carte Blanche. When the lights go out, not a seat in the theatre is left empty. Meadow The lights come up, casting a gold glow over a
Brian Gerke joined the Iceland Dance Company in 2012, having been teaching at Listdansskóli Íslands since 2007. Just two years later, his first solo piece of choreography has premiered as one half of a show called ‘Emotional’. It is a double-feature show comprised of Brian’s performance, ‘Meadow’, accompanied by ‘EMO1994’, a piece by Norwegian choreographer Ole Martin Meland. Sitting in the small cafeteria behind the scenes at Borgarleikhúsið, Brian walked me along the long road he took in choreographing ‘Meadow’ and dancing in ‘EMO1994’. Dancers: assemble! “Generally, I just love dance,” he begins. “I mean dancey dance, like kicking, turning,
For anyone who was blown away by the quite wonderful electronic-punk chaos of Ghostigital this Airwaves, here’s something you might find interesting. Their frontman Einar Örn – also known for his involvement in The Sugarcubes and the Best Party political movement – is giving an English-language tour of his current art exhibition tomorrow (Sunday November 9, 2014) at Listamenn-innrömmun Gallerí Listamenn. You can find the show at Skúlagata 32, and the tour starts at 3:30pm. There’s a Facebook event for this intriguing happening here. See you there!
Six veteran Iceland Airwaves photographers have banded together to put on a special photo exhibit with 30 pictures from past Airwaves performances. Participating photographer Matthew Eisman says the idea behind the exhibit was born from Sigurður Ástgeirsson’s show last year at the City Center Hotel. “I wanted to do something to contribute to the photo and music community, so I decided a cool way to do that would be to build on Siggi’s previous show and do a group show.” There is a special opening party for ‘Look At The Light’ in KEX Hostel’s Gym & Tonic Room tonight at 19:00. The
Ekeberg Park, Oslo: The September sun reflects in yellow leaves. Angela Rawlings and her colleagues reach the centre of the posh sculpture-park: a forest of glass. The walls capture, care for, and feed back the voice of Angela and a partner in crime, Elfi Sverdrup, transforming a gentle acoustic test into what Angela herself calls “an unanticipated partnership.” And what a partner Angela makes; the 2001 recipient of the bpNichol Award for Distinction in Writing, an award winning poet, a much sought after arts educator; of creative writing, ballroom-, swing-, and salsa dancing—and a producer of festivals, magazines, magical soundworks, plus so