“Maybe it is worth running the risks associated with anthropomorphism (superstition, devinization of nature, romanticism) because it, oddly enough, works against anthropocentrism: a chord is stuck between person and a thing, and I am no longer above or outside a nonhuman environment.”

Jane Bennett, Vibrant Matter

During her residency at wpZimmer, Rósa Ómarsdóttir will work on her new creation Traces, together with Katie Vickers, Inga Huld Hákonardóttir, Tiran Willemse and Kinga Jaczewska, and along with musician Sveinbjörn Thorarensen and scenographer Ragna Ragnarsdóttir.

Rósa and the group explore different anthropomorphic practices through pagan rituals like witchcraft and animism as means to relate to and affect their surroundings. They build a scenography resembling different landscapes and explore how they can use these practices in order to influence the state of the it and to give it anthropomorphic qualities. They strive to create a magical, dynamic and ever-changing environment in which an interplay between the scenography and the dancers takes place until it is not so clear anymore who is influencing whom: the dancers or the scenography.

Première: 24 & 25/11/2017 – Beursschouwburg (Brussels)
Tour: MDT, Buda, Avant Garden & Reykjavík (2018)

Rósa Ómarsdóttir

Rósa’s artistic practice explores human and non-human encounters, in search for non-anthropocentric narratives. This ongoing research aims at finding a rich ecosystem that combines humans, objects and invisible forces, exploring and expounding on the power dynamics that reveal themselves in these encounters.


Choreography: Rósa ÓmarsdóttirDancers: Tiran Willemse, Kathryn Vickers, Inga Huld Hákonardóttir & Kinga JaczewskaScenography: Ragna Þórunn RagnarsdóttirMusic: Sveinbjörn ThorarensenLight and Tech: Michael JanssensProduction: Kunstenwerkplaats PianofabriekCo-production: BUDA, Beursschouwburg, wpZimmer, MDT & Avant GardenSupported by: Reykjavík Dance Atelier & STUKWith financial support of: the Flemish Community, Nordic Culture Point, Nordisk Kultur Fond, the Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie & Reykjavík Culture Fund