“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 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: 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