Teenage Songbook of Love and Sex – Theatre
Working with teenagers from Reykjavik, Iceland, the Teenage Choir of Love and Sex sing songs they have written themselves based on their own romantic and sexual experiences. As the choir travels it invites different young people locally to write songs with them and join the choir. They sing for themselves and each other. They sing for love, curiosity and heartbreak. They sing for every virgin, every slut and every thirsty bitch – so they never need to feel alone again.
Concept and Creation: Ásrún Magnúsdóttir and Alexander Roberts
Musically directed and composed with: Teitur Magnússon
Co-authors and performers: Lísbet Sveinsdóttir, Marta Ákadóttir, Salóme Júlíusdóttir, Ísafold Kristín, Katla Sigurðardóttir Snædal, Kolfinna Ingólfsdóttir, Óliver Ali, Uloma Osuala, Una Barkadóttir, Karen Nordquist Ragnarsdóttir, Egill Andrason, Haukur Guðnason, Hanna Gréta Jónsdóttir, Sverrir Gauti Svavarsson og Karólína Einarsdóttir.
Choir-conductors: Sigríður Soffía Hafliðadóttir and Aron Steinn Ásbjarnarson
Premiered: Meteor Festival, BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen, Norway and Reykjavík Dance Festival, Tjarnarbío, Reykjavík, Iceland.
Co-produced by: BIT Teatergarasjen, Teenagers in Reykjavík, Reykjavík Dance Festival, the Nordic Residency Platform, NORDBUK and apap – Performing Europe 2020 which is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
Duration: 45 minutes
About Alexander and Ásrún
Ásrún and Alexander have been working closely and intensively together for a number of years on a range of different dance and performance projects. Their focus as a duo has been on stretching the dominant modes of dance and performance, and developing work in collaboration with people whose voices are often lesser represented. Their collaborations take different forms, spanning from co-authors, to choreographer and dramaturg, as well as artist and curator. Together they have made works with teenagers, residents of a housing block, as well as performance situations for people’s houses, among other things.
Their work has been well received at home and abroad – with a number of awards and nominations here in Iceland – as well as invitations to a growing number of venue and festival contexts in europe.
Ásrún is a choreographer that has a lot of experience working with people from all kinds of backgrounds and experiences – with a lot of experience making work with and giving workshops to professionals and amateurs alike.
Alexander’s work as an artist is concerned with giving the stage to others and creating the conditions for their voices to be heard. His curatorial work currently involves Co-Directorship of Reykjavík Dance Festival (2013-) and Teenagers in Reykjavík (an initiative started in 2014 that focuses on redistributing curatorial agency to young people in the city).