The Icelandic Dance Company

 

The Iceland Dance Company

The Iceland Dance Company, ID, is the national institution of Iceland responsible for developing, creating and nurturing contemporary dance and choreography.   ID puts special focus on new creations in dance as well as developing partnerships and collaborations with other artistic sectors, in particular music.  ID is recognized as a contemporary dance company on a world-class scale. The Iceland Dance Company is an independent public institution with residence at the City Theatre in Reykjavík, one of Europe's finest theatres for dance.  

The company was founded in 1973 by the National Theatre of Iceland. Under the artistic direction of Katrín Hall since 1996, the company has focused exclusively on contemporary dance, consitently building a repertoire of choreography by many of Europe's leading modern choreographers. ID has developed relationships with these leading European artists, many of which are eager to come back and create new work for the company.

Parallel, ID has lead the development of Icelandic choreography and nurtured the talent of Icelandic choreographers. The combination of these two developments has created a unique position for ID on the international dance market.  Not only does it hold a repertoire of choreography by Europe's best but also the talent of new emerging Icelandic choreographers, hosting an element of excitement and surprise for a market always on the search for new discoveries. The company consists of nine to fourteen dancers, all sharing a background in classical training but retaining a pronounced individuality.  

The group has emerged as an exciting and critically acclaimed contemporary dance company.ID's repertoire includes choreography by  Rui Horta, Jirí Kylián, Jochen Ulrich, Jorma Uotinen, Richard Wherlock, Ed Wubbe, Itzik Galili, Stijn Celis and Rami Be'er, as well as work by Icelandic choreographers such as Ólöf Ingólfsdóttir and Lára Stefánsdóttir. The company prides itself on a tradition of working with emerging talents in all artistic fields, in particular in music.