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Reykjavík Dance Festival Coming Up

By Iceland Review

The ninth annual Reykjavík Dance Festival (RDF) will be held in Iceland’s capital September 5-11. The program includes new stage creations by Icelandic dance artists along with site specific works, concerts, workshops and other events. The festival was launched in 2002 as the initiative of independent choreographers.

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From one of the short films that will be screened.

Also during the festival, Icelandic and international short films and video installations on dance will be screened at Bíó Paradís, an independent cinema on Hverfisgata, Tjarnarbíó by the pond, the Reykjavík Dance Atelier and Kex Hostel on Skúlagata.

Among artists whose video work will be featured are Haraldur Jónsson, Sara Björnsdóttir, Reynir Lyngdal and Katrín Hall, Erna Ómarsdóttir and Gudni Gunnarsson, Dodda Maggý, and Helena Jónsdóttir.

Jónsdóttir is the representative for RDF’s short film program. “I had been developing my methods as a choreographer for years when I was introduced to the video camera and fell for it completely,” she said in a press release.

“Ever since then I have had lots of fun with exploring what is possible in dancing, creating dance pieces and movements, both in front of the camera and behind it. The camera is my favorite dance partner,” she added.

Jónsdóttir teamed up with Kristín Scheving, who is the founder and artistic director of the annual video art festival 700IS Reindeerland, which was first held in 2006.

They realized that RDF would be a good platform to raise attention for video art and demonstrate how the world of video is free of boundaries.

For further information about the festival, go to: reykjavikdancefestival.is.

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