Black Marrow

Balm of god or devil’s excrement? What is this black blood, pumping through the veins of our industrialised world? Which mythology inhabits it? How greatly will it irreversibly metamorphose us and our relationship with our surroundings? How addicted to it are we? How far will we go to satisfy our needs for it? Are we the oil of the future?

Erna Ómarsdóttir and Damien Jalet, co-choreographers of this piece for theIcelandic Dance Company, question the ancestral spiritual bond of man and nature, inventing a contemporary ritual, exploring with the dancers the energy of an archaic trance to depict a world where instincts have been industrialised, where the body mutates, and fights for its survival. Using rhythm, repetition and exhaustion to the haunting music of Ben Frost, the dancers take the shape of fossils, industrial machines, pagan gods and carefree golden youth. Black Marrow acts like a a shaded reflection of our contemporary relationship to the planet. A poetic attempt to save it… or to save ourselves.

2015: Ben Frost, Best Original Music, Icelandic Performing Arts Awards 2015.
Running time : 60 mins

Premiered May 19th at Reykjavik Arts Festival

Erna Ómarsdóttir & Damien Jalet

Choreographers’ assistant
Sara Black

Original music
Ben Frost

Other music

Björn Bergsteinn Guðmundsson

Júlíanna Steingrímsdóttir

Alexandra Mein, Erna Ómarsdóttir, Damien Jalet, Júlíanna Steingrímsdóttir & Rebekka Moran

Rebekka Moran & Heimir Sverrisson  inspired by the original masks by Alexandra Mein

Cameron Corbett, Einar Nikkerud, Elín Signý Weywadt Ragnarsdóttir, Halla Þórðardóttir, Hjördís Lilja Örnólfsdóttir, Inga Maren Rúnarsdóttir, Sergio Parés Agea & Þyri Huld Árnadóttir