“A thin layer of moss covers everything; green fur covers everything.
The landscape is moving. She is moving.
Here, where we are, everyone is alive.
Here, everything is alive.
That mountain looks like a jellyfish. That plant is smoking.
She makes it rain – just for a moment. Nature, she sings. Nature adjacent.
The humming chord between a person and a thing. An ear, an eye, an anything, a nothing, not above or outside, a fancy, a chimera.
Everything is breathing in this world.”
Traces is an immersive installation performance in which a magical, dynamic and ever-changing landscape evolves all around you. A place where people become objects and objects come alive, grow and multiply.
Traces is a multi-sensory experience that blurs the boundaries between us and our environment and questions our place within a living world. A dreamscape remembered with wonder amongst the overwhelming realities of this strange world of plants and water and sound.
“Maybe it is worth running the risks associated with anthropomorphism (superstition, devinization of nature, romanticism) because it, oddly enough, works against anthropocentrism: a chord is stuck between person and a thing, and I am no longer above or outside a nonhuman environment”. (Jane Bennett, Vibrant Matter)
- About Rósa Ómarsdóttir
Rósa Ómarsdóttir is an Icelandic choreographer based in Brussels. She studied dance and choreography at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and in P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels from where she graduated in 2014. She has made several performances with Inga Huld Hákonardóttir: Wilhelm Scream (2014) and The Valley (2015) for which they received the Icelandic Theatre Awards for ‘Choreography of the Year’, and Da Da Dans (2016) a production for the Icelandic Dance Company, celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the dada movement. In their work they investigate the relationship between sound and movements with a special focus on ambiguity and the concept of the uncanny valley. In her new work she continues to investigate the relationship between bodies and sound as well as costumes, fabrics and scenography.
Rósa has also been leading a research project called Secondhand Knowledge, with Ásrún Magnúsdóttir and Alexander Roberts, focusing on peripheral dance communities and their relation to dance history and the notion of secondhand knowledge.
Choreography: Rósa Ómarsdóttir. Performers: Inga Huld Hákonardóttir, Katie Vickers, Kinga Jaczewska and Tiran Willemse. Scenography: Ragna Ragnarsdóttir. Costumes: Ragna Ragnarsdóttir and Wim Muyllaert. Music and sound: Sveinbjörn Thorarensen. Light design: Elke Verachtert. Artistic Advice: Dries Doubi. Production: Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek. Co-Production: Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Kunstencentrum Buda, Teaterhuset Avant Garden and MDT. Co-Funded: Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Nordisk Kulturfond, Nordic Culture Point and Reykjavík Culture Fund. Supported by: Beursschouwburg, Stuk and WpZimmer. Thanks to: Jeanne Colin, Sandy Williams, Dianne Weller, Hákon Pálsson and Elke Lotens. This presentation is part of the project [DNA] Departures and Arrivals, which is co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission.