Iceland Dance Company
Romeo & Juliet – Up Close

Dansehallerne is thrilled to present Iceland Dance Company as a prominent highlight of OPENINGS, our new expansive festival for dance. OPENINGS is the very first event in Dansehallerne’s brand-new home in the Carlsberg City District. 

In Iceland Dance Company’s rendition of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is meticulously deconstructed, unfolding into numerous narratives that run parallel, forming a world teeming with lustful desire, bodily fluids, and flaming tongues of fire. The performance explores the hurtful power of screams and the healing force of love while treating the audience with adventurous scenery and costumes, captivating video work, and the enchanting music of Sergei Prokofiev. The result is a performance that resonates with everyone who sees it, leaving no one untouched. 

Romeo & Juliet – Up Close is a contemporary reimagining of an earlier piece crafted by Erna Ómarsdóttir & Halla Ólafsdóttir in collaboration with the dancers of the Gärtnerplatz Theater in Munich in 2018. Back then, the performance earned a nomination for the prestigious German theatre award, Der Faust. In 2021, the performance was passed on to Iceland Dance Company and is now brought to Dansehallerne in an Up-Close version that offers the audience a unique and immersive experience. 


OPENINGS is Dansehallerne’s new, expansive festival for dance. With the festival, we open up for top-class international performances and strong national talents. For a wide spectrum of dancing bodies: older bodies, smaller bodies, bodies of different shapes and colors. For the iconic and the surprising. For other perspectives. OPENINGS celebrates the joy of dance and makes dance accessible to everyone. 

Annual pass holders and members have been notified directly about limited ticket capacity and thus booking. Booking is still possible for all performances, and as always, it is on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the artists and company: The performance is created by Halla Ólafsdóttir, dancer and choreographer with an MA in choreography from Stockholm University of the Arts, and Erna Ómarsdóttir, graduate from P.A.R.T.S. and the artistic director of Iceland Dance Company since 2015. Iceland Dance Company serves as the primary driving force in the dance world of Iceland. It develops and stages new Icelandic dance works, showcased both domestically and internationally, while also actively participating in collaborative international projects. The main objective of Iceland Dance Company is to generate and sustain public interest in the art form, demonstrating a genuine concern for its audience and seeking various avenues to engage with them.

Reviews of Romeo <3 Juliet (2018): „A brave, amazing, committed and disturbing ensemble performance and a triumph for the fearless Icelanders” – BR Klassik „Never before has a dance performance repelled, fascinated and confused me. I just wanted to go home in between, but was completely mesmerised by the actions on stage” – Klassik Begeistert „Romeo <3 Juliet glides over the sediments of consciousness – like a bloody river making its way into the sea” – Munich and co.

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Iceland Dance Company


Romeo & Juliet – Up Close




  • 6.920:00
  • 7.914:00


2 hours


Dansehallerne, Franciska Clausens Plads 27, 1799 København V


Artistic Directors and Choreographers: Erna Ómarsdóttir, Halla Ólafsdóttir. Music:
Sergei Prokofiev, Skúli Sverrisson (Watching Water).
 Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet performed by London Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by: André Previn. Set: Chrisander Brun. Video: Valdimar Jóhannsson in collaboration with Erna Ómarsdóttir & Halla Ólafsdóttir. Costumes: Karen Briem, Sunneva Ása Weishappel. Lighting: Pálmi Jónsson. Dancers: Bjartey Elín Hauksdóttir, Elín Signý Weywadt Ragnarsdóttir, Erna Gunnarsdóttir, Eydís Rose Vilmundardóttir, Félix Urbina Alejandre, Inga Maren Rúnarsdóttir, Luca Pinho Seixas, Saga Sigurðardóttir, Sarah Fisher Luckow, Shota Inoue.

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Thank you to the funds for generously supporting OPENINGS.