Human trafficking is a growing problem in many Western European countries. As I was living in Copenhagen I noticed that there are so many foreign women that have been trafficked working as prostitutes in Copenhagen. There is clearly not enough being done to fight prostitution and to help these women, who are controlled by organizes in their home countries.
I wanted to do something and I decided to focus on the buyer's as demand creates supply. I connected the Danish Centre Against Human Trafficking and asked many questions about prostitutions. I got stories from victims of sex trafficking living in Copenhagen. I wrote their stories and facts about sex trafficking and equal rights between the genders on the manikin. Then I chained the manikin to a fence in front of the Central station in Copenhagen. The next day the social media was on fire! People were stopping and taking photos and posting them online, using the hashtag: stop human trafficking and equal rights between the genders. The Danish newspapers wrote article about this subject and the manikin was on the front page. That is exactly what I was hoping for, to start conversations about this serious subject!
Concept and choreography: Elín Signý Ragnarsdóttir
Dancers: Elín Signý Ragnardsóttir, Elísabet Birta Sveinsdóttir, Gígja Jónsdóttir and Anna Kolfinna Kuran
Music: Amand Amar
Light and set design: Elín Signý Ragnarsdóttir
Elín Signý got nominated as the dancer of the year and the best newcomer for her work Ironsuet at Gríman, the Icelandic theater awards.
The grave is as deep
as my ovaries
Your tears are wild
my dear friend
Your aura appears wet
when I lay pale and numb
Full of mud
Anxious for the unknown
Still carrying the burden with stubbornness
while my diaphragm shakes and shiver
Painful torture through closed eyelids
I fallow the feeling of paralysis
The time has now led me to the end of the line
where life and eternity meet
My legs are tired, my eyes are drained
and my spired no longer rejoices
New blood my tears will never again shine
for only big souls are meant to live
Sing no sad songs for me.
The Nordic Beasts is a choreographic collaboration between three Nordic dancers and choreographers: Noora Hannula (FI), Elin Signý (IS) and Julie Rasmussen (NO).
We have an on going ambition towards the exploration of dance and bodily expression and we share the same drive towards pushing our personal physical boundaries and enjoying the raw beauty of spending energy.
Our groups main ambition is to produce, facilitate and support high quality Nordic dance theater.
To see what we are up to visit our page: http://thenordicbeasts.wixsite.com/
The Nordic Beasts Dance Theater
Kraftverk is a five woman improvisation performance collective. They dance, they play, they don't stop. They wear snow suits. They believe in miracles.
Biography: Kraftverk did a piece called "Kraftverk gerir kraftaverk" showing in Reykjavik Dance Atalier in March 2015. Kraftverk did a Christmas piece called "Kraftverk gerir helgileik" in December 2015 in Mengi. Currently Kraftverk is working on a long distance web piece. Scheduled to perform in October/November 2017.
Kraftverk members: Elín Signý, Anna Kolfinna, Gígja Jónsdóttir, Guðrún Selma and Elísabet Birta.
Mergvaki - short film
Concept and Choreography: Elín Signý Ragnarsdóttir.
Filming: Elín Signý Ragnarsdóttir and Elísabet Birta Sveinsdóttir.
Editing: Elín Signý Ragnarsdóttir
Performer: Gígja Jónsdóttir and Mía Kjartansdóttir
This idea came from a dream. Showing relationship between two family members as they were stuck inside one building. The younger one taking care of the older one, until she kills herself for the freedom.
Mergvaki by Elin Signy, first coby
Double headed creature
Choreograpy and Concept: Elín Signý W. Ragnarsdóttir and Gígja Jónsdóttir.
Set design and costumes: Elín Signý W. Ragnarsdóttir and Gígja Jónsdóttir.
Music: Sigurður Möller Sívertsen and Heimir Gestur Valdimarsson.
Live trumpet: Tumi Árnason.
Electronic dance happening performed by Elín Signý and Gígja Jónsdóttir, with improvised electronic music by Sigurður Möller Sívertsen and Heimir Gestur Valdimarsson and live trumpet performance by Tumi Árnason. The happening was a portrayal on the mechanical and the organic and the combination of the two. It combined these two elements visually, in a mechanical creature and lamb hearts hanging on threads from the ceiling. It combined these elements physically when we in the role of the mechanical creature mixed the lamb hearts in a blender and then drank it...bringing life into the mechanical creature.