Iceland Dance Company

performance & dance

Black Marrow by Iceland Dance Company

Transformative choreographers Erna Ómarsdóttir and Damien Jalet ask how far we will go for oil, in a no-holds-barred contemporary ritual.

Black Marrow interrogates the apocalyptic bond between humans and nature.

Dancers pound the stage in a united trance to depict a world where instincts have been industrialised and the body transforms, mutates, exults and fights for its survival.

To haunting music by Ben Frost, the dancers take the shape of fossils, industrial machines, pagan gods and carefree golden youth.

Exploring our tumultuous relationship with the planet, Black Marrow asks how we can save it – and ourselves.

Adapted from the Australian version, Black Marrow was recreated for Iceland Dance Company and premiered in May 2015 at the 29th Reykjavik Art Festival.

It received three nominations at the Icelandic Performing Arts Awards (Gríman) 2015 for Best Theatre Production, Best Choreography and Best Original Music. Ben Frost received the award for Best Original Music.

A very special piece ★★★★★
It captivated the whole audience in a way that at times I feared I might forget to breathe ★★★★★
Fréttablaðið - SGM
This is first and foremost about the experience. The forces that fill the space, the music that takes over the hearing and admiration of the wonderful creation, which is the human body ★★★★★ - MG

Dates & times

21 Mar 2020
Approximate run time: 60 mins
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Queen Elizabeth Hall


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 14+

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