Katrín Gunnarsdóttir

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Katrín Gunnarsdóttir
Katrín Gunnarsdóttir is an Icelandic choreographer and dancer based in Reykjavík. She is interested in soft encounters, resonance, rhythm and how labour intensive choreographies reveal the relationship between action and its affect.

Katrín has made the solo performances Saving History (2014) and Shades of History (2016), inspired by her own relationship with borrowed dance material, and Macho Man (2015) for dance artist Saga Sigurðardóttir. She has also created group works, KVIKA (2016) for five dancers and the female trio Crescendo (2018). 

Katrín has been a guest choreographer at National Theatre of Iceland (IS), Theatre Republique (DK) and Toneelgroep Amsterdam (NL), and choreographed music videos for Joy Division, Ólafur Arnalds, Ásgeir and Between Mountains. She has been a part of Icelandic collectives Samsteypan (2005-2012), Melkorka & Kata (2013-2015) and Marble Crowd (2013-). 

Katrín received Gríman - The Icelandic Performing Arts Award as Dancer of the Year (2017) for Shades of History and Choreographer of the Year (2018) for Crescendo. Katrín has also been nominated for the DV Culture Award for dance (2015, 2016) and nominated in TANZ magazine (2017) with the collective Marble Crowd.

Her work has been supported and presented by national and international venues and festivals, including Tjarnarbíó Theatre (IS), Reykjavík Dance Festival (IS), Everybody´s Spectacular Festival (IS), The National Theatre of Iceland (IS), K3 Tanzplan Hamburg (DE), ICEHOT Nordic Dance Platform, Bora Bora (DK), wp Zimmer (BE), Kunstencentrum BUDA (BE), Dansearena Nord (NO), Stamsund International Theatre Festival (NO), Theatre ROXY (CH) and Dance Base Edinburgh (UK). 

Katrín graduated from ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in 2008 and is a regular guest teacher at the Iceland University of the Arts and JSB Dance School. She also holds a M.Sc in Economics from the University of Iceland and works freelance as an economic researcher and analyst. 

Icelandic opera credits