Monsters are often born in our minds out of fear of life, nature, darkness, the unknown and death which makes them the product of fear. Therefore we sometimes inadvertently materialize our abstract conception of terror. With time the roles are reversed and the true monsters that can be found in modern society become the cause of terror. The monsters can be lurking everywhere, often they are disguised but sometimes they are easily recognizable. They can even possess our own bodies. Appearances can be deceiving and the boundaries between reality and imagination can become unclear.
We saw monsters is a poetical piece where dance, singing, music and visual art is used to inspect the difference of horror in religion, myths, movies and real life.
We Saw Monsters, 20th and 21st of may, Reykjavik Arts Festival / National Theater of Reykjavik, Islande. www.artsfest.is and www.leikhusid.is
Artistic direction Erna Omarsdottir
Concept Erna Omarsdottir and Valdimar Johannsson
Created and performed by Erna Ómarsdóttir, Valdimar Jóhannsson, Sigríður Soffía Níelsdóttir, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon and Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir
Dance: Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon, Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir, Sigríður Soffía Níelsdóttir, Valdimar Jóhannsson, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson and Erna Ómarsdóttir
Music Valdimar Jóhannsson
Artistic advice Gabríela Friðriksdóttir
Dramaturgy Karen María Jónsdóttir
A shalala ehf production
Co-production Le CNDC Centre national de danse contemporaine Angers in the frame of the « accueil studio / Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication », The National Theater of Iceland, Reykjavíks Artfestival, town of Kópavogur.
With financial support from the Icelandic ministry of culture
With support from WP Zimmer/Antwerpen, PAF
Thanks to Dansstationen in Malmö, Konstnärsnämnden in Stockholm