Margrét made a video to the song ‘Douves’ from Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason’s very unique and beautiful album, Chateau, produced by President Bongo. This is Bjarni Frímann’s first solo album and the fourth in the series ‘Les Aventures de President Bongo’. It will be released in May.
The video follows a flower for 11 minutes, struggling to stay alive.
SPECTACULAR, international performance festival in Reykjavík
4 channel video installation
Margrét begins the task of collecting and documenting her own movements. Not practical everyday movements or the moves and steps you might learn in a dance school – but rather the movements that we can’t quite place, or that we don’t know the source of, or the movements that well up from the deep.
Every body is a an endless well of movements. Margrét’s library of movements will preserve and catalogue her own distinct movement signatures. Such movements are closely connected to feelings and the subconscious and therefore not unlike dreams that might only appear once and then never again.
Her library is a collection of raw gestures, movement strands and cryptic signals. It is a search for something that may or may not exist — the body’s secret scriptures.
Björk will do a dress rehearsal for her Utopia tour in Háskólabíó, Iceland on April 9th and 12th.
Margrét has been working on the choreography for the show. This will be the first show in front of an audience and a very intimate performance as the venue only holds 950 guests.
Utopia is scheduled to tour for the next 2 years.
Björk will be joined at Háskólabíó by:
Margrét Bjarnadóttir - choreography
Heimir Sverrisson - stage design
Melkorka Ólafsdóttir, Áshildur Haraldsdóttir, Berglind María Tómasdóttir, Steinunn Vala Pálsdóttir, Björg Brjánsdóttir, Þuríður Jónsdóttir and Emilía Rós Sigfúsdóttir - flutes
Bergur Þórisson - electronics and trombone
Manu Delago - drums and percussion
Margrét recently opened her solo exhibition – LODDARI – at Listamenn Gallery in Reykjavík ( on until December 9th.) The exhibition consists of glass sculptures, photographs and text works. In conjunction with the exhibition, Margrét published the book ORÐIÐ Á GÖTUNNI (WORD ON THE STREET) – a collection of phrases that she overheard from passersby and collected in the years 2009 – 2013.
No Tomorrow received two awards at last night´s Gríman awards (The Icelandic dance, theatre, stage awards): "Choreographers of the year" as well as overall "Production of the year". It´s the first time in the history of these awards that a dance piece receives "Production of the year". We are thrilled and thankful!
Confirmed dates for No Tomorrow´s touring schedule are as follows:
May 26th and 27th – SPRING Festival Utrecht
June 20th – Arctic Arts Festival, Harstad
August 18th, 19th and 20th – Southbank Centre
September 7., 8., 9. & 10. – Tanzhaus, Dusseldorf
November 18. & 19. – Kunstcentrum, BUDA, Kortrijk
More dates soon to be announced.
Margrét was part of the group exhibition, Literally – Concrete Poetry in Iceland from 1957 to the Present Day, that opened in Hafnarborg museum on March 25th. Other artists in the exhibition included Magnús Pálsson, Sigurður Guðmundsson, Kristján Guðmundsson, Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir, Haraldur Jónsson, Guðbergur Bergsson and more.
A guitar ballet by Margrét Bjarnadóttir and Ragnar Kjartansson with original score by Bryce Dessner will premiere at Reykjavík City Theatre on March 16th. It premieres along with other performance pieces and video works in an event called Sacrifice hosted by the Iceland Dance Company. Other artists involved in Sacrifice include Matthew Barney, Erna Ómarsdóttir, Valdimar Jóhannsson and Gabríela Friðriksdóttir. Check the IDC website for international touring dates.