EXPRESSIONS: the power and politics of expectations in dance is a project that explores expectations in dance through a research of theory and choreographic practice aiming to generate new knowledge and explore the potentialities of dance outside of its expected manifestation. By questioning choreographic structures, methods, and expectations in dance, the project aims to deconstruct and reconfigure the very concept of expectation itself.

Through a series of research residencies occurring over the course of three years material and information will be generated through workshops, lectures, and discussions resulting in performances, presentations and publications. Developing a critical conversation around expectations in dance in relationship to the structure of the art form, the project will bring together the views and voices from different individuals and groups in the Nordic region and internationally, all of which are affiliated with dance as an art form through various avenues.

The project is led by Steinunn Ketilsdóttir and the research team consists of established artists who will work extensively together, and in conversation with other international artists, throughout the project with the support of its partners.

Research team:
Steinunn Ketilsdóttir (IS), Sierra Ortega (US), Mia Habib (NO), Berglind Rafnsdóttir (IS), Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir (IS), Snædís Lilja Ingadóttir (IS) and Védís Kjartansdóttir (IS).

International artist collaborators:
Mia Habib (NO), Halla Ólafsdóttir (SE/IS), Marie-Louise Stentebjerg (DE) and Maija Hirvanen (FI), Eloisa Jaramillo (CO).

Dansarena Nord (NO), Iceland Academy of the Arts (IS), Reykjavík Dance Atelier (IS), Reykjavík Dance Festival (IS), The Nordic House (IS), WELD (SE), Dansens Hus Stockholm (SE), Bora Bora (DE), Writing Movement Network 2.0, Dance Base national centre for dance Edinburgh, Scotland (UK), Tanzhaus Zürich, (CH), Red de Artes Vivas (CO).

For further information please contact the project’s manager Hugrún,