EXPRESSIONS: the power and politics of expectations in dance is a collaborative research project that explores expectations in dance through a research of theory and choreographic practice aiming to generate new knowledge in dance and explore the potentialities of the art form outside of its expected manifestation.

This project aims to be a center of new knowledge in dance. In a rhizomatic way, the project operates as a spacemaker offering a space where critical engagement with the expectations residing within the inner and outer structures of dance can be encountered. A space of exploration and analysis. A space where we envision the dance of tomorrow. We see this project as a soft resistance against repressive structures; a gentle push towards a change. We propose a devoted practice of structured experimentation to free our bodies and desires from the stifling conformity of repressive power and expectations.

Throughout the project performances, presentations and publications will be generated through a series of research residencies. The project officially begun in March 2017 and is led by Steinunn Ketilsdóttir in conversation and collaboration with a body of established international artists, scholars, and arts institutions.


Core: Steinunn Ketilsdóttir (IS), Sierra Ortega (US), Mia Habib (NO), Snædís Lilja Ingadóttir (IS), Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir (IS), Védís Kjartansdóttir (IS), Áskell Harðarson (IS), Leticia Skrycky (UY), Hugrún Jónsdóttir (IS)

Artist Partners: Berglind Rafnsdóttir (IS), Erla Rut Mathiesen (IS), Saga Sigurðardóttir (IS), Halla Ólafsdóttir (SE/IS), Moa Sahlin (SE), Karin Jameson (SE), Moa Sahlin, Maija Hirvanen (FI), Marie-Louise Stentebjerg (DK), Louise Ahl (SE/UK).

Organization Partners: Iceland Academy of the Arts, Performing Arts Department (IS). Iceland Dance Compnay (IS). Reykjavík Dance Atelier (IS). Reykjavík Dance Festival (IS). Nordic House Iceland (IS). Dansens Hus, Stockholm (SE). WELD, Stockholm (SE). BORA BORA, Aarhus (DE). Dansarena Nord, (NO). Avantgarden, Trondheim (NO). Tanzhaus Zurich (CH). Dance Base, National Centre for Dance, Edinburgh (UK). Writing Movement Network 2.0.


March 31st – April 2nd: Initiation. Reyjavík, Iceland.
June 23rd – July 14th: Research Residency 1.1. Hammerfest, Norway.
August 21st – 30th: Research Residency 1.2, Reykjavík Dance Festival. Reykjavík, Iceland.
October 30th – November 26th: Research Residency 1.3. IAA, Reykjavík, Iceland


February 5th – 23rd. Research Residency 2.1. Dansens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden.
April 9th – 21st. Research Residency 2.2. Bora Bora, Aarhus, Denmark.
July 9th – 22nd. Research Residency 2.3. Tanzhaus Zurich.
August. Research Residency 2.4. Iceland Academy of the Arts & Reykjavík Dance Festival.
September. Research Residency 2.5. Avantgarden. Trondheim, Norway.
November. PREMIERE Piece no. 1 with Iceland Dance Company.
September – December. Research Residency 2.5. Dance Base, Edinburgh, Scotland.


Photo: Sierra Ortega