Giselle | Halla Ólafsdóttir & Johan Moström

Giselle | Halla Ólafsdóttir & Johan Moström

A spiritual cyberpunk ballet workshop with Halla Ólafsdóttir and John Moström Giselle goes out to all of you that enjoy; Ballet, Cyberpunk, Celine Dion, J.S Bach, Rihanna and Contemporary dance. We invite you to take part in remaking history and join us for a 10 day horrific dream odyssey through the world of ballet, where there is too much of everything.

Giselle is hemmed by darkness and has an almost apocalyptic wildness where we witness the unravelling and morphing of various characters from the world of ballet. We are confronted with the hierarchies within the language of ballet: it’s technique and pantomime, the distortion of the narrative through score making,the blurring of the roles between male and female, prima ballerinas and corps de ballet. Where princes turn into trees that turn into eagles that turn into farmers that turn into Wilis that turn you inside out.

The workshop is a collective individual process generating a new version of Giselle every day, with performances in front of an audience on the 10th day. We work for 4 hours each day where we do some cyberpunk warm up, you will receive your spiritual animal and then we move on to some hardcore danceoke ballet. The initial idea for the project springs out of a love/hate relationship towards classical ballet and we want to explore new ways to practice it that can generate joy and a sense of togetherness. The journey leading us to where we are now has been shared with Elizabeth Ward, Amanda Apetrea and over 100 artists at MDT in Stockholm, Uferstudios in Berlin, Workspace Brussels, Dampfzentrale in Bern and Kampnagel in Hamburg. Free entry, come as you are in your favorite ballet outft. No particular ballet skillsneeded, but some experience in performing is required.

Times: 18th – 26th August Where: The Reykjavík City Theater Time: 12:40 – 16:40 (performance day 15:00 – 19:30)

Organised in the frame of ”Foreign Bodies”, a project supported by a grant from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and the Romanian Government, in the frame of the ”Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage” Programme developed with the support of EEA Grants and Romanian Government. The project was also made with support of The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.