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Bára Sigfúsdóttir

Bára Sigfúsdóttir is an Icelandic choreographer and dancer living and working in Brussels. She studied contemporary dance at the Icelandic Academy of Arts, at MDT Amsterdam and lastly at P.A.R.T.S., where she focused both on dance training, movement research and choreography. From then on, Brussels is her home base. In her professional career Bára has initiated and participated in several dance projects as well as more theatrical work and film. As a performer, Bára has amongst others worked with Or and Oran dance company, Miet Warlop (replacing in Springville), Quan Bui Ngoc, Iris Bouch & Kobe Proesmans, Untamed Productions, Liesbeth Marit, Aëla Labbe, We are from LA and Klaartje Lambrechts. As a choreographer Bára Sigfúsdóttir made her debut with the solo performance On the other side of a sand dune, with music creation by Sóley (Iceland). On the other side of a sand dune is currently touring and has been selected for platforms such as December Dance (Bruges) and ICE HOT (Oslo).

In its essence, the work of Sigfúsdóttir is very personal. Her Icelandic cultural background and own life experiences are inspiration sources for her creations. Within these personal elements she selects those she can export to a universal context and to which anyone can relate to. The young choreographer is interested in human beings, their existence, behaviour and actions and wishes to refer to them in her choreography. At the same time she researches how the same movement can have multiple intentions and new associations by adding small changes in repetition. Sigfúsdóttir’s work is characterized by her outstanding performative qualities and the necessity to express herself in her unique movement language. Her choreographic idiom is eloquent and proper to her specific body structure. The purposeful use of separate body parts is a tool with which the choreographer wants to tell a new story. At the same time Sigfúsdóttir communicates in a direct and identifiable way with her audience thanks to the balanced accordance between narration, abstraction and theatricality.