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Reykjavík Dance Festival starts this weekend: Twelve new works by Icelandic choreographers

By Sara McMahon

  • The directors Ásgerður Gunnarsdóttir and Alexander Roberts recently took over as the artistic directors of the Reykjavík Dance Festival. Photo/Jerel Lai

The Reykjavík Dance Festival takes place from August 23rd until the 30th.


The festival was founded by artists in 2002 and has since grown into an exciting annual art event, including work-shops, forums, and parties. This year, twelve new works by Icelandic choreographers will be presented as part of the Dance Festival‘s programme.

Alexander Roberts and Ásgerður Gunnarsdóttir recently took over as the festival’s artistic directors, a position they will hold for the next three years. The duo made some radical changes to the festival’s arrangement, most notably splitting it into four smaller festivals taking place at different times during the year. Alexander hopes that this arrangement will accelerate the development of a scene for dancing and choreography.

Last year’s event saw 6000 guests in attendance. 

The smaller festivals are scheduled to take place in late November, mid-February, and mid-May. The event in August will focus on Icelandic artists, while the one in November will shine the spotlight on artists who are concerned with the phenomena of pop culture. The event in February, however, will focus on solo performances, and the one in May will feature the work of choreographers who are working with the concert format.

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