A series of novels never written - how not to become a writer
Since before he even could read, Snæbjörn wanted to become a writer. Then he married Ragnheiður who is absolutely convinced he’s actually a dancer stuck in a writer’s body. Or maybe even a choreographer.
Abandoning the written word for what seems to be a quicker and easier creative process, Snæbjörn will translate his unfinished novels into dance. But what really matters when it comes to a good translation? Is translating words into movements as simple and as easy as translating Icelandic into English? Capturing the spirit of the idea? The style of the author? Can an unwritten bestselling vampire-sci-fi-novel provide the score for a dance, or will ideas have to be compromised to better fit into the aesthetics of contemporary dance?
On the power of language, or the lack thereof...
Ragnheiður and Snæbjörn met in the Icelandic academy of art, where he studied Theory and Practice and she Dance & Choreography. Later on she followed him to Japan and he chased her to Sweden. Currently they live in Paris.
Ragnheiður has made several works with her collaborators in Íslenska hreyfiþróunarsamsteypan, she studied public and social art in the theatre academy of Gothenburg, and has choreographed solos as well as complicated mazes, installations and videoworks.
Snæbjörn has written three fantasy novels in collaboration with Kjartan Yngvi Björnsson, that have enjoyed much popularity as well as winning several prizes. He writes articles on cultural matters and travelling for the newspaper Stundin. Snæbjörn regularly performs with Philippe Quésne´s Vivarium Studio.
Concept and performance by: Ragnheiður Sigurðardóttir Bjarnarson and Snæbjörn Brynjarsson
Performed by: Snæbjörn Brynjarsson
Dramaturgical Advice: Alexander Roberts
When : Saturday, August 29, 18:00
Duration : 1 hour
Ticket price : 2.900 iskr. Buy tickets here
Performed in English
Presented by Reykjavík Dance Festival and LÓKAL