Ásrún Magnúsdóttir (IS): LISTENING PARTY

21. 9., 22. 9., 23. 9., 18:00, performance  (60′) &TD big hall

Listening Party is a party on stage where the hosts are a group of teenagers eager to share their favorite music with you and each other. They hang out and listen to music in support and celebration of one other and teenage-hood. They might sing along or dance along or tell stories. Listening Party is about listening; listening to music and listening to teenagers. Created in close collaboration with teenagers living in Zagreb, it is a unique opportunity to engage with an often misrepresented group and be taken back to what, for most of us, is a long gone era. You are invited, but remember it’s their party and they cry if they want to.

Ásrún Magnúsdóttir, dancer, choreographer and performer. With her works she wants to stretch the dominant modes of dance and choreography. At the moment she is interested in working with people that have not thought so much about dance or dancing and trying to make invisible choreographies visible. She has a great experience with working with different groups of people, like teenagers, children, her own neighbors… For her work Listening Party Ásrún Magnúsdóttir was nominated Choreographer of the Year at the Icelandic Theatre Awards

Author: Ásrún Magnúsdóttir

Performers and co-autors: teenagers living in Zagreb

The artist is supported by apap-Performing Europe 2020, a project co-founded by Creative Europe Program of the European Union. The project was supported by Lókal & RDF within the frame of  Into the City onto the Stage, supported my Ministry of Culture and Education and Urban Heat, supported by European Union.

1. What would you say Goodbyeto in the social and political context of your own city and country?

I would say goodbye to homelessness, hierarchy, class division, racism and all the tourist shops and tourist restaurants.

2. What would you say are good (positive) practices of cultural politics in your city and country? What impact did the implementation of these practices had on the cultural scene in your city and country?

Art and culture is highly regarded in Iceland and we are many artists who are able to practice our art and work full time as artists. We have access to funding (but of course we should have more opportunities) so we can sustain ourselves. There is solidarity in all the art scenes and the city and country makes it possible for us to think that art and culture is important for everyone. In Reykjavík you can find many different art festivals, for dance, literature, music, film and more and more. That is very fulfilling for inhabitants. Everyone should be able to find something they like and be inspired.