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Iceland Dance Company (IDC) is the national dance company of Iceland. Established in 1973, IDC is an independent public institution responsible for developing, creating and nurturing contemporary dance and choreography in Iceland. Erna Ómarsdóttir is the company’s Artistic Director.
Iceland Dance Company 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, 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 Omarsdottir, Lara Stefansdottir, Katrin Hall, Valgerdur Runarsdottir, Halla Olafsdottir, Helena Jonsdottir, Margrét Bjarnadóttir and Saga Sigurdardottir. The combination of these two approaches to building its repertoire has created a unique position for IDC on the international dance scene.
IDC frequently commissions new music and prides itself on a tradition of working with talents in all artistic fields, e.g. with visual artists Matthew Barney and Ragnar Kjartansson, the musician Ben Frost and the band Sigur Rós. IDC puts an emphasis on developing partnerships with other cultural institutions and participates actively in various international networks in the field of dance and stage arts.
The company's home base is in Reykjavik City Theatre and the company tours both in and out of Iceland. IDC has given numerous outstanding performances in major international dance theatres and at festivals in Europe, China, Canada and the United States.