Erna Omarsdottir is born in Reykjavik, Iceland.
She graduated from PARTS (performing arts research and training
studios)1998 under the direction of Anna Teresa de Keersemaeker.
Following her graduation she worked with the Belgian theater director
Jan Fabre in several creations. She worked also with the Belgian
dancecompany Ballet c De la B and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Foi.
She has been one of the founders and a member of two collectives,
EKKA from Reykjavik and PONI from Brussels.
The last years she has mainly been creating and touring
internationally. with her own work. She created IBM 1401 ( a users
manual) ,2002and THE MYSTERIES OF LOVE, 2006 in colloboration with
the composer Johann Johannsson.
She has created and directed several works for the Icelandic
dancecompany. Amongst those are: in collaboration with Emil
Hrvation(Janez Janza) WE ARE ALL MARLENE DIETRICH FOR, 2005 and in
collaboration with Damien Jalet and Gabríela Friðriksdóttir
TRANSAQUANIA,( OUT OF THE BLUE) 2009 and TRANSAQUANIA-INTO THIN AIR
thin air, 2010. In 2009 she directed and created BLACK MARROW for
the Melbourne based company Chunky Move at the Melbourne international
Artsfestival as-well in collaboration with Damien Jalet.
Together with Valdimar Jóhannsson she created the company Shalala in
2008.Amongst their most recent works are WE SAW MONSTER, premiered at
the National theater of Iceland for the Reykjaviks Artfestival 2011,
THE TICKLING DEATH MACHINE , premiered at the Kunstenfestival des Arts
Brussels ,2011, TEACH US TO OUTGROW OUR MADNESS, premiered at Les
antipodes, Scene nationale des Quartz in Brest 2009 , the theatrical
band LAZYBLOOD. She is a member of the trio Skyrleebob together with
Gudni Gunnarsson and Lieven Dousselaere .

She has also collaborated several times with the Icelandic visual
artist Gabriela Fridriksdottir,(for venice biennale 2005 etc) and the
Icelandic musician Bjork. as well as Ólöf Arnalds, Ben Frost etc….

In November 2007 she had the honor to be chosen
the artist associated at the festival LES GRANDES TRAVERSEES in
Bordeaux in France. Curating it and performing all her recent work. She
has several times been mentioned in the Ballet Tanz yearly
nominations for outstanding dance or promising choreography.

ERNA ÓMARSDÓTTIR: A RARE ELEMENT
by Fernando Eichenberg