A Provocation, Pure & Simple, Loa Olafson & Rachelle Bourget, (núna now)
núna (now) is a festival of thrilling new art from Iceland in almost any discipline you can name, alongside complimentary work from right here in Manitoba--everything from electrifying dance to rock documentaries. núna (now) runs from Thursday May 12 - Saturday May 21, in Winnipeg and Gimli.
Here are three highlights picked by fans of the festival:
Atli Asmundsson, Consul General for Iceland recommends the art of Erling T.V. Klingenberg & Sirra Sigurðardóttir.
Both as a couple and individually they have had great success both internationally and at home. I have been a nuna enthusiast and cheerleader from the very beginning.
Friday May 20, Ace Art, 8pm
CBC's Terry McLeod, co-host of Information Radio recommends Gunnar B Gudbjornsson.
Passionate, always-intense film-making. An exploration in two films about why so much great music comes out of Iceland with some amazing performances from Bjork, mum and Sigur Ros to name just a few. A must see this year.
The Icelanders really excel in art on the edge (perhaps because they live on the edge of northern world and straddle the always-moving geological fault line that separates the North American and European tectonic plates.) Everything I've seen of theirs here and there confirms this belief.
John Samson, curatorial board member of Nuna(now) recommends A Provocation, Pure and Simple.
I'm really excited about this dance piece by the remarkable Reykjavik dancer Saga Sigurdardottir. Saga was here last year with the theatre/dance troupe Humanimal, which was one of the greatest shows I've ever seen. The program also features a performance by local dancers Loa Olafson and Rachelle Bourget.
Thursday May 12, Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers' Rachel Browne Theatre, 8pm