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Halla Ólafsdóttir

Halla Ólafsdóttir is an Icelandic artist, dancer and choreographer living and working in Stockholm. She works in different constellations and collaborations that have an interest in expanding the notion of dance and choreography. Her stage work is concerned with methods of reinterpretation of recognizable formats of representation, facilitating a shared experience. Halla is a MA choreography graduate from DOCH (Stockholm) and was a part of mychoreography and INPEX, creating and performing a number of pieces and projects which have toured to festivals in Sweden, England, Belgium, France, Germany, Vienna and the United States. She has recently been touring the piece Giselle, together with John Moström, which involves the partake of over a hundred artists the past two years. As well as the piece Beauty and the Beast, together with Amanda Apetrea, which won the Prix Jardin d’Europe Awards at ImpulsTanz in 2013. Her work takes on various forms and expressions, she co-curated the Reykjavík Dance Festival: A Series of Event 2012 where 30 artist were invited to partake in a 10 day festival in Iceland and recently played the lead role in the feature film Under Influence by Sidney Leoni, premiered at Dansens Hus, 2015. She has worked with choreographers such as Zoe Poluch, Stina Nyberg, Nadja Hjorton and Amanda Apetrea. Together they constitute SAMLINGEN that in December 2013 joined forces with the Cullberg Ballet at for a temporary installation at the Dance museum in Stockholm, invaded Kulturhuset with history writing and were key note speakers at the Post Dance conference at MDT in 2015. Halla was part of the collective project with the band the Knife, co-creating and preforming, along with eleven other artists, the show Shaking the Habitual, touring it in Europe and North-America, in 2013-2014. She is currently working on the piece Nordic Predator and Nadja Hjorton´s Medea.