Iceland Dance Company

Iceland Dance Company (IDC) is the national dance company of Iceland. Established in 1973 and with its home base in Reykjavik City Theatre, the company tours both in Iceland and internationally. IDC has given numerous outstanding performances in major international dance theatres and at festivals in Europe, China, Canada and the United States.

IDC is a progressive contemporary dance company constantly building a repertoire of choreography by many of Europe’s leading choreographers, e.g. Ohad Naharin, Johan Inger, Jiri Kylian, Ed Wubbe, Alexander Ekman, Rui Horta, Jo Strömgren, Ina Christel Johannessen, Anton Lachky, Itzik Calili, Martin Kilvady, Pieter Ampe, Alan Lucien Øyen, Damien Jalet and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Simultaneously, the company has led the development of Icelandic choreography and nurtured home-grown talents who have received international acclaim, e.g. Erna Ómarsdóttir, Lára Stefánsdóttir, Katrín Hall, Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, Valgerður Rúnarsdóttir, Steinunn Ketilsdóttir and Halla Ólafsdóttir. The combination of these two approaches to building its repertoire has created a unique position for IDC on the international dance scene.

IDC’s current repertoire shows the company’s diversity in its choice of work. Including the performance phenomenon Sacrifice, a collection of new commanding creations exploring the relationship between art and religion, by Erna Ómarsdóttir, Valdimar Jóhannson, Ragnar Kjartansson, Margrét Bjarnadóttir and Matthew Barney, the haunting collaboration between IDC and the Icelandic band Sigur Rós in The Best of Darkness by Erna Ómarsdóttir and Valdimar Jóhannsson and the highly acclaimed Black Marrow by Erna Ómarsdóttir and Damien Jalet.
Erna Ómarsdóttir is the company’s Artistic Director.


The Best of Darkness by Erna Ómarsdóttir and Valdimar Jóhannsson to the original music by Sigur Rós
AIŌN by Erna Ómarsdóttir and Anna Thorvaldsdóttir
by Erna Ómarsdóttir, Valdimar Jóhannsson, Ragnar Kjartansson, Margréti Bjarnadóttir, Gabriella Friðriksdottir and Matthew Barney
Black Marrow by Erna Ómarsdóttir and Damien Jalet to the original music by Ben Frost
No Tomorrow by Ragnar Kjartansson, Margrét Bjarnadóttir and Bryce Dessner
Thel by Katrín Gunnardóttir
Piece no. 1 by Steinunn Ketilsdóttir
Rhythm of Poison by Elina Pirinen
Loco and Kicks by Hannes Þór Egilsson and Þyri Huld Árnadóttir