Iceland Dance Company has been on the road, back and forth from Iceland, since the premier of SACRIFICE last March. Spring Festival, Utrecht, Arctic Arts Festival, Harstad, Julidans, Amsterdam, Southbank Centre, London and Tanzhaus Dusseldorf have been the hosts for either SACRIFICE or BLACK MARROW. The film Union of the North by Matthew Barney, Erna Ómarsdóttir and Valdimar Jóhannsson was screened at Impulstanz this summer. In November SACRIFICE will be presented as part of NEXT Arts Festival in Kortrijk, Belgium.
Here are some of the things people have been saying about SACRIFICE:
“hypnotic and hilarious”
“one of the most distinctive events of the year.”
“Iceland Dance Company’s new production Sacrifice is unlike any dance I have seen before…
Shrine teaches us to laugh at death, acknowledge the weird reality of human existence, and to make the most of our lives…
Classified as a ballet, No Tomorrow showed how an interdisciplinary approach to the arts can create something truly unique…
Sacrifice is a unique festival which reminds us to take a more light hearted approach to life and death. It is an experience which must be witnessed firsthand, and with an open mind, one which can induce a great catharsis among its audience.”
The 730 review
“Epic, ambitious fusion of visual artists and dance”
The Evening Standard
Sacrifice proved to be much more than a breathtaking sacrifice. Commerce is our contemporary religion, consumption our ritual. Manic yet refreshing show that is truly a success.
Sacrifice is an exciting dyonic celebration of life. Spring Festival in Utrecht ended with the Sacrifice festival, a four-hour revolutionary theatrical journey.
Icelandic choreographers Erna Ómarsdóttir and Valdimar Jóhannsson put together an evening full of sacrificial rituals for the individual who, in their opinion, would like to believe even though God is long dead. [...] Sacrifice passes through each sacrificial ritual after another, examining them from the perspective of today, giving them a new form and context in the stylized holy everyday life and glorified beauty, health culture, and the shallowness of the consumer society.
[...] the many roles and registers the troupe was capable of combining was striking. Fusing dance, sport, sound, music, sculpture and spoken word this was a peculiar and penetrative contemporary vaudeville.
A marathon of extraordinary dance […] Subtitled ‘a festival of common things made holy’, it was a stimulating evening of multimedia art: dance, song, music, film, visual art, pottery and even a session of ‘hate yoga’ in the interval – a whacky idea I can highly recommend. Much of the material was disturbing and left feelings ranging from annoyance to delight, but there was very little that did not stir emotions.