11/04/2016 – 24/04/2016
Title of project: “SECONDHAND KNOWLEDGE”
Rósa Ómarsdóttir is an Icelandic dancer and choreographer based in Brussels. She studied theatre and contemporary dance at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík and later moved to Brussels to study at P.A.R.T.S. from where she graduated in 2014. Outside her studies she performed in Bird Watching 4×4 (2012) by Benjamin Vandewalle. Her graduation work Chatter, Clatter and Other Arrangements (2014) was made in collaboration with Hagar Tenenbaum and Christoffer Schieche and was performed around Europe. Recently she made the duet Wilhelm Scream (2013) together with Inga Huld Hákonardóttir, which has been presented at theaters and galleries around Europe. In the summer 2015 she received a DanceWeb Scholarship to attend Impulstanz Festival in Vienna. Her latest dance performance, The Valley, made in collaboration with Inga, was premiered in November 2015 and is currently on tour.
During this Artistic Residency, the project “SECONDHAND KNOWLEDGE” was researched and a presentation was given.
SECONDHAND KNOWLEDGE is a research project conducted by Rósa Ómarsdóttir in collaboration with Ásrún Magnúsdóttir that will be realised as a series of workshops in locations across Europe. The focus is directed to countries that are considered to be located, geographically and/or culturally, on the periphery of Europe. On each location they have organised a group of emerging contemporary dancers and choreographers active in the dance field of each location. Together they will explore in what ways knowledge about dance and dance history travels to the periphery of Europe and back. They will look at how it is translated and how it transforms on it’s way. They will explore encounters with known dance-works through re-enactments and reconstructions during the workshops by looking at dance from the eyes of the periphery. This research will be documented thoroughly and stored on an online database where all documentations, photos, videos and writings will be published.
This is the first part of a long term research project which will be extended later on to other continents.
Artistic Director: Rósa Ómarsdóttir & Ásrún Magnúsdóttir
Dramaturg/ Theoretical Advise: Alexander Roberts
Partners and Support: Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Akropoditi Dance Center, National Dance Center Bucharest, Latvia Association of Contemporary Dance Choreographers, Ny Hovik Ballet, Reykjavík Danceatelier, Reykjavík Dance Festival