The Tickling Death Machine

25, 26, 27, 28/05 – 22:00
1h 15min

Erna Ómarsdottir is an Icelandic dancer and choreographer who worked notably with Jan Fabre before going on to develop work of her own. With insatiable artistic curiosity, she has taken part in several projects bordering various disciplines. One of these is the group Lazyblood, created with the composer Valdimar Jóhannsson. Featuring “heavy metal opera, sometimes slightly disco, with a theatrical dimension”, a Lazyblood concert is a unique experience, a performance built with a constant concern for the relationship with the audience. Peaceful lagoon or erupting volcano, deep forest or rocky desert, Ómarsdottir produces vocal distortions, primal singing and childlike ballads. Her unique voice generates a perpetually moving choreography. As the songs and short stories interweave, she moves through states of raw bodies, practically animal-like, and combines the live energy of the concert with the narrative reach of musical theatre. At this year’s festival, Lazyblood has invited the punk rock group Reykjavík! to join them as they explore the depths of the human psyche. An explosive encounter!

Erna Ómarsdottir & Valdimar Jóhannsson

Music, text & choreography
Lazyblood (Erna Ómarsdottir & Valdimar Jóhannsson)

Music & text
Reykjavík! (Valdimar Jóhannsson, Bóas Hallgrímsson, Haukur S Magnússon, Kristján F Halldórsson, Ásgeir Sigurðsson & Guðmundur B Halldórsson)

Lieven Dousselare

Esther Welger Barboza

Extra special thanks to our wonderful extras
Bára Sigfúsdóttir, Rósa Ómarsdóttir, Benjamin Deboosele, Siet Raeymaekers, Tanja marín Friðjónsdóttir, Esse Vanderbruggen, Sakia de Ronde, þórunn Edda Sigurjónsdóttir, Védís Kjartansdóttir, Inga Huld Hákonardóttir, Pietro Marullo, Peter de Veyst, Livia Balazova

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Les Ateliers Claus

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Shalala ehf. (Brussels), the town of Kópavogur

Thanks to
National Theatre of Iceland, our mothers & fathers, Kimi Records, Reykjavík Lóftbrú

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The two members of Lazyblood, Valdimar Jóhannsson and Erna Ómarsdóttir, just recently started their career as a band together, but their dance and theatre productions have been touring internationally for the past few years. Erna graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in 1998 and worked for a few years with Jan Fabre and later with Les Ballets C de la B and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. She has been concentrating more on her own work the last few years, and collaborated with Icelandic and international artists such as Jóhann Jóhannsson, Gabríela Fridriksdóttir, Damien Jalet, Poni, Björk, Arthur Nauzyciel, Lieven Dousselaere, Ben Frost, Ólöf Arnalds etc. She has also been creating work for the Icelandic- and Melbourne-based company Chunky Move. In 2006 Valdimar Jóhannson joined Erna in the creation Mysteries of Love and since then they have been collaborating on various productions under their own company, Shalala. Valdimar Jóhannsson also composed music for several dance productions of the Icelandic Dance Company. Lazyblood is currently working on their first album, scheduled for release later this year.

Since way back in 2004 Reykjavík! – Les Savy Fav’s young, harder partying, more Icelandic rascal of a brother – has gloriously trodden a path of no-common-sense and utter irreverence. The outcome is a beast of a band any way you look at it. Their work ethic, sizzling creativity, jovial intent to share all and anything, defies logic. But then again – there’s nothing logical about Reykjavík! With a track record spanning an impressive amalgam of endless local shows – including twelve in one day - various international tours and collaborations with pretty much everyone, everywhere, Reykjavík! radiate spontaneity and joy to the point where their music and actions seem completely uninhibited. It’s baffling they haven’t self-imploded yet. Consequently, you’d be hard pressed to name a group that takes their band duties so seriously that it comes full circle and becomes ceremoniously unseriously serious. Seriously! The band’s exuberant nature is evident in their refusal to hold back, deny their roots or their eclectic sources of inspiration. Indie rock, pop, metal, punk, grunge, disco… you name it. All musical styles have been victims of this gang of brothers.

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