Performance by Erna Ómarsdóttir and Gabríela Friðriksdóttir

11.01.2009 19:00

Price: Admission free!

The Kunsthaus Graz is taking the finissage of the exhibition Leben? Biomorphic Forms in Sculpture as an opportunity to invite the two extraordinary Icelandic artists Gabríela Friðriksdóttir and Erna Ómarsdóttir to put on one of their outstanding performances. Well-known for their works and performances at the 2005 Venice Biennale, ImpulsTanz in Vienna in 2007 and the experimental Schiffbau Theatre in Zurich in 2008, they have now developed a work especially for the Kunsthaus Graz on the subject of evolving and perishing, metamorphosis and the transformation of aggregate states and emotions. Taking the sensory materials such as jute, hemp, lava rock, flour and bread dough that Friðriksdóttir uses as a starting point, the cheerful, sentimental music of the accordion and the occasionally violent, sometimes ineffably delicate movements of apparently entranced bodies create an archaic-looking dance piece that seems to draw the audience directly into a dreamland of unreality.


"Part troll, part dancer", it says in one portrait of Erna Ómarsdóttir. And sometimes there really is something of the will o' the wisp about her when she rolls across the ground as quick as a flash, or rears up suddenly out of apparent stasis, or sings, howls or whispers. The Icelander is a force that is instantly communicated to the audience. Her absolute application carries you away.
(From: Metropolis, 08/05)


Erna Ómarsdóttir und Gabríela Friðriksdóttir, born in Iceland, live and work in Brussels (BE) and Reykjavik (IS)

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