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 the residency at STUK Rósa (IS), together with Katie Vickers (US), Inga Huld Hákonardóttir (IS), Tiran Willemse (ZA), Kinga Jaczewska (PL) and scenographer Ragna Ragnarsdóttir (IS) will work on the dance performance Traces. 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 strive to create a magical, dynamic and ever changing environment where an interplay between the scenography and the dancers takes place until it is not so clear anymore what is influencing which the dancers or the scenography.
Traces will be premiered on the 24th of November 2017 at Beursschouwburg, and will be presented at MDT, Buda, Avant Garden and Reykjavík in 2018.
Rósa Ómarsdóttir is an Icelandic choreographer based in Brussels. She at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and in P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. She has made several performances with Inga Huld Hákonardóttir: Wilhelm Scream (2014) and The Valley (2015) for which they received the Icelandic Theatre Awards for 'choreography of the year' in 2016. And a latest a production for the Icelandic Dance Company called Da Da Dans (2016). For the last year Rósa has been leading a research project called Secondhand Knowledge with Ásrún Magnúsdóttir, the first edition focusing on the periphery of Europe.