The Valley

One, doubled, a copy, a fake, two fakes, two of the same fake, identical, One.
This is The Valley, where the 2 become 1… or two.

In June, we welcome two Icelandic performers and choreographers, Inga Huld Hákonardóttir and Rósa Ómarsdóttir. They will be working on their new performance. The Valley is a place where man and machine have merged, where the boundaries between lifeless bodies and animate machines have blurred. The Valley is a place of doubles; where two become one, only to duplicate again. As it becomes unclear where one thing ends and another begins, how do we know which one is the replica? Playing with the border between the natural and the artificial, the performers use objects to make sounds and sounds to make movements, and question what is really in control. By dwelling in the ambiguous grey zone, in the valley of the uncanny, they bring to focus the double meaning of mechanical humans, artificial nature, organic machines and synthetic gardens. These double meanings put off the soothing comfort of the perfect symmetry, the perfect mathematical order.

Première: 19-22 November 2015, Reykjavik Dance Festival, Tjarnabíó

Inga Huld Hákonardóttir

Inga Huld Hákonardóttir was born in Höfn, Iceland and now lives and works in Brussels. After graduating from P.A.R.T.S in 2014 she has worked within the field of performance as a performer, dancer and choreographer.

As collaborator and performer Inga worked with Eleanor Bauer and composer Chris Peck in the contemporary musical, MEYOUCYCLE. She danced for Salva Sanchis in his most recent works Islands and Radical Light and performed/collaborated with the contemporary music ensembles ICTUS and GAME (Ghent Advanced Master Ensemble) in their project Ballet Mekanique. She also performs in Traces, a work by Rósa Ómarsdóttir. Inga created several works in different collaborative constellations and has worked extensively with Rósa Ómarsdóttir. Their works include The Valley, Wilhelm Scream, and Da Da Dans; a commission for The Icelandic Dance Company. With Katie Vickers she created Slogan For Modern Times and the trio We Will Have Had Darker Futures together with choreographer Rebecca Stillman.In 2019 she premiered with Against the Sunset.

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. In 2015 Rósa received a DanceWeb scholarship to attend Impulstanz. She has made several performances in collaboration with Inga Huld Hákonardóttir, i.e. Radiodance, Wilhelm Scream and The Valley, where they focused especially on ambiguity and the concept of the uncanny valley. With Ásrún Magnúsdóttir and Alexander Roberts, Rósa has been leading a research project focusing on peripheral dance communities and their relation to dance history and the notion of secondhand knowledge. In her new work Rósa continues to investigate the relationship between bodies and sound as well as costumes, fabrics and scenography.


Choreography and performance: Inga Huld Hákonardóttir & Rósa ÓmarsdóttirMusic: Sveinbjörn ThorarenssenScenografie: Ragna Þórunn RagnarsdóttirMet financiële ondersteuning van: the Icelandic Ministry of Culture, the City of Reykjavík, the Town of GarðabærOndersteuning: workspacebrussels, Vooruit, Pianofabriek, Buda, wpZimmer, School van Gaasbeek, Tjarnabíó Theater, Reykjavík Dance Atelier, Reykjavík Dance Festival