Bio & Texts – HYPER

Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir was born and raised in Iceland. She studied dance at the Artez University of Arts in Arnhem and Amsterdam. Alongside working as a performer with Gisele Vienne, Erna Ómarsdóttrir, Jan Fabre, Constanza Macras DORKYPARK, Nir De Volff /TOTAL BRUTAL. Margrét Sara co-founded the production house Panic Productions in Reykjavík (IS), with dancer and choreographer Sveinbjörg Þórhallsdóttir, which was active from 2004 – 2009, and focused on producing and initiating collaborative performance works with international artists.
Margrét Sara has toured internationally with her own work since 2010 and currently lives and works in Berlin. Displaying the politics of intimacy is a core theme within her choreographic work while working with and exploring pathologies of the social political body within our own bodies. Margrét Sara has collaborated with a consistent team of performers over the last five years and the soundscapes which accompany the works are exclusively created by and with Peter Rehberg (PITA), electronic composer and director of the record label Editions MEGO, Austria.
In 2015 Margrét Sara became artist in residence at Cullbergbaletten in Stockholm. She will create her second commissioned work for Cullbergbaletten in 2017. She teaches periodically at the Icelandic Dance company, dance department of the Art University of Iceland, BA dance program at DOCH in Stockholm and choreography department of the Art University of Helsinki.
Margrét Sara’s work has been supported by network platforms and dance organizations across Europe, including: Wilderness residencies, Nordic-Baltic contemporary dance community organization keðja, Life Long Burning co-productions fund, Cullbergbaletten dance company Stockholm, Aerowaves, ICEHOT! Nordic performance platform, SLINGAN Swedish Performance Network, Tanzfabrik Berlin & Advancing Performing Arts Project (APAP) Production Studio Berlin / EU Culture Programme, WP Zimmer Antwerpen, Sommer.bar–Tanz im August Berlin, Barney’sCrossing Cologne, Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin, Senat fund Berlin, The City Funds of Reykjavík and the Cultural Ministry of education and science in Iceland, Kulturekontakt Nord
For the last seven years Margrét Sara has focused her professional research on physical doorways into physiological and emotional sub worlds association with myofascial release and beyond. Through this research she began the process of mapping out a new category of performative body language, ways of developing it further, and transferring this knowledge to others. The working methods directly inform the theme of the artistic works, and extend beyond the limits of professionalism and performance making. The first three years of research were done privately 2010-2012, whilst the performance works created during this period did not engage with this new physical language. The first artistic work created from this ongoing research where performers were included in the process was “Step Right To It” in 2013. Followed by the “Blind Spotting Performance Series”, in 2014, which was launched with the aim of continuing the research and creating working conditions which would make it possible for the group to dedicate a longer period of time to work in-depth on a specific artistic topic and develop the ambitious and detailed physiological language necessary to convey it. A new cycle in this ongoing research has already begun in 2015 and will extend over a period of 2 years, accumulating in a new performance work due to premiere in 2017.