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Iceland Dance Company / Erna Omarsdottir / Damien Jalet:

Black Marrow

  • © Bjarni Grimsson
  • © Bjarni Grimsson
  • © Bjarni Grímsson
  • © Bjarni Grímsson
  • Fri, 27.11.2015 20:30 [Premiere]
    Kampnagel – K6
  • Sat, 28.11.2015 20:00
    Kampnagel – K6

Balm of god or devil’s excrement? What is this black blood, pumping thought the veins of our industrialised world? Which mythology inhabits it? How greatly will it irreversibly metamorphose us and our relationship with our surroundings? How addicted to it are we? How far will we go to satisfy our needs for it? Are we the oil of the future?

Erna Ómarsdóttir and Damien Jalet started off with these questions when creating the first version of Black Marrow in Australia in 2009. They have now further evolved the piece with the dancers of Iceland Dance Company. Acknowledging the ancestral spiritual bond of man and nature, Ómarsdóttir and Jalet invent a contemporary ritual. Exploring with the dancers the energy of an archaic trance to depict a world where instincts have been industrialized, where the body transforms, mutates, exults and fights for its survival. Using rhythm, repetition and exhaustion to the haunting music by Ben Frost, the dancers take the shape of fossils, industrial machines, pagan gods and carefree golden youth. Every ritual has a function - trance often has a healing one. Black Marrow acts like a deformed mirror, a shaded reflection of our contemporary relationship to the planet. A poetic attempt to save it ...or to save ourselves.

Black Marrow received three nominations at the Icelandic Performing Arts Awards - Gríman 2015 for Best Theater Production, Best Choreography and Best Original Music. Ben Frost received the awards for Best Original Music.

"This piece is unquestionably the best work I've seen by the company [...] I really cannot recommend this show enough." Grapevine - AM
"This is first and foremost about the experience. The forces that fill the space, the music that takes over the hearing and admiration of the wonderful creation, which is the human body." - MG



  • Choreografie: Erna Omarsdottir, Damien Jalet
  • Music: Ben Frost
  • with: Adalheidur Halldorsdottir, Asgeir Helgi Magnusson, Cameron Corbett, Elin Signy Weywadt Ragnarsdottir, Halla Thordardottir, Hannes Thor Egilsson, Hjordis Lilja Ornolfsdottir & Thyri Huld Arnadottir
  • production: Iceland Dance Company gefördert vom Reykjavik Arts Festival

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