Amanda Apetrea, Halla Ólafsdóttir
Dead by Beauty and the Beast

Part of the program POPDEATHPOWER by Dansehallerne x Betty.

There is a story that tells of Beauty and the Beast’s fascination with their own shadow. They kept looking at it, scratching it, pecking at it, fisting it, burning it, licking it, until their shadow woke up, became alive and ate them. Beauty and the Beast are now “DEAD”.

For more than two decades the duo Beauty and the Beast, Amanda Apetrea and Halla Ólafsdóttir have remained a mythical force in dance and have created new lyrical expressions with their gravelly voices and poetic dances – musing over love, heartbreaks, friendship and togetherness, war, death, and sex.

Their show, DEAD, is a pornographic and dystopian dance performance that merges dance, poetry, music, the beauty of darkness and the in-between, seeing inner and outer realities. Exploring expressions of sexuality, body and gender flirting with the power of horniness and lust. A power that they believe can move mountains.

The show will be performed under consent in agreement with its audience, which means that anyone who enters agrees to whatever will happen during the show. It also means that anyone can leave at any time. As always it is about you and them and all the love in between.

DEAD is presented as part of the program POPDEATHPOWER by Dansehallerne x Betty.

For more than two decades the duo Beauty and the Beast, choreographers Amanda Apetrea and Halla Ólafsdóttir, have remained a mythical force in dance. Beauty and the Beast is a fake band, a dance performance, a party, a workshop and a life long collaboration between Apetrea and Ólafsdóttir. They have been working together and apart in various constellations and projects for years now. It is always about friendship and they are never alone. They have collaborated with DEAD, Beauty and the Beast, jazz dance, danceoke, Nadja Hjorton, Emma Tolander, The Rite of Spring, spiritualism, realism, feminism, Sidney Leoni, The Swedish Dance History, Stina Nyberg, Zoë Poluch,The ÖFA-collective, Emma Kim Hagdahl, THE FUTURE, Mica Sigourney, Mychoreography, Jessyka Watson Galbraith, Lisen Rosell, Chrisander Brun, Mårten Spångberg, The Prix Jardin d’Europe 2013, Undertone, A Series of Event 2012, Krööt Juurak, Alice Chauchat, Siri Hjorton Wagner, Giselle, Märta Thisner, MDT, Reykjavík Dance Festival, Tupp festivalen, Impuls Tanz, Samlingen, BUDA, Louise Höjer, Iceland Academy of The Arts, Riksteatern, Atalante, Dansstationen, Eleanor Bauer, Iki Gonzalez Magnusson, Sara Bergsmark, Björn Kuajara, Margrét Seema Takyar, Shirley Harthey Ubilla and Sandra Akiiki, Nordwind Festival, Quarter Block Party, love, lust, smoke, wind and fear. Halla Ólafsdóttir is a dancer and choreographer with an MA in choreography from DOCH and studied dance at Balettakademin in Stockholm. She always works collectively in various constellations that look for ways of expanding the notion of choreography. A big part of her work revolves around inventing new formats for dance performances and how politics and gender are projected ontobody movements. As well as using recognizable material from art and popular culture and exploring what happens when it is put in the context of contemporary dance. Halla has been creating performances and workshops for the past 11 years which have toured to festivals and venues in Europe and the United States. Amanda Apetrea is a performer and choreographer based in Stockholm. In her work she integrates political theories such as feminism, sexpositivism, body positivism, and queerutopism. Apetrea went to Ballet Academy in Stockholm and has a master in choreography from DOCH (University College of Dance and Circus), Stockholm. Her works are marked by her significantly feminist point of view that calls into question larger power structures of modern world through the performance of classical and cultural dance, spectacle and conceptual performance. Her current works challenge structures that restrain and inhibit the microcosm of the choreographic field as a reflection of society at large.

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Amanda Apetrea, Halla Ólafsdóttir


Dead by Beauty and the Beast






1 hour


Edison-scenen, Edisonsvej 10, 1856 Frederiksberg


With and by: Amanda Apetrea and Halla Ólafsdóttir. Light and scenography: Chrisander Brun. With music from: Karin Dreijer, Linnéa Martinsson and Zhala Rifat. Text: Amanda Apetrea and Halla Ólafsdóttir. Tailor: Kajsa Lisa Larsson. Producer: Sara Bergsmark. Photo: Märta Thisner. Professional feedbackers: Nadja Hjorton and Chrisander Brun. Sound mix: Elize Arvefjord. Technician: Björn Kuajara. Administrative structure: The Artist Cooperative Interim kultur. Co-produced by MDT, Atalante, Dansstationen and BUDA Art Center, with support of The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, The City of Stockholm and Swedish Arts Council. This presentation is part of the project [DNA] Departures and Arrivals, which is co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission.

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Photo credit: Märta Thisner
Photo credit: Märta Thisner
Photo credit: Märta Thisner
Photo credit: Märta Thisner
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