Laborare est orare. Welcome to the shrine, a place of work and prayer. Here creative forces are put to the test in a ritual celebrating both life and death. The iconic images that emerge in action are not merely the product of excavation and research into ancient times. They’re not a specific result of adulation of ancient gods, goddesses or Yaweh, the one reckless, almighty deity and lawmaker. It’s a journey, a joyous and painful struggle with the boundaries and limits of our bodies and our existence. We cannot go back to where we came from, no matter how hard we try. We still feel the remorse. That’s why we want to keep on trying. This is a requiem for the human, for all things lost.
Erna Ómarsdóttir and Valdimar Jóhannsson artistic direction
choreography Erna Ómarsdóttir – in collaboration with the dancers
music Valdimar Jóhannsson, with Sofia Jernberg
lighting Björn Bergsteinn Guðmundsson
costumes Júlíanna Lára Steingrímsdóttir
hair and rubber tubes from Dies Irae
Sofia Jernberg’s costume from Union of the North
donut from Union of the North, designed by Matthew Barney
text Bjarni Jónsson and Friðgeir Einarsson
make-up Fríða María Harðardóttir
performers Aðalheiður Halldórsdóttir, Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon, Elín Signý Weywadt Ragnarsdóttir, Friðgeir Einarsson, Halla Þórðardóttir, Hannes Þór Egilsson, Heba Eir Kjeld, Hjördís Lilja Örnólfsdóttir, Inga Maren Rúnarsdóttir, Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson and Sofia Jernberg.