AION - trailer

A trailer for AION - a Choreographed Symphonic Stage Work where a full symphony orchestra, 8 dancers and enveloping visuals share a space in a unique way merging in and out of each other throughout the process of the piece.

Music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, choreography by Erna Omarsdottir - trailer from the premiere performed by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Iceland Dance Company at the Point Festival in May 2019.

When AION is performed with choreography it is 50 minutes in duration (with a music score of 47 minutes). Anna’s music score of AION is an orchestral work in 3 movements and performed as a concert piece AION is approximately 37 minutes in duration. The subtitles of the three movements are Morphosis, Transcension and Entropia.

Concept and artistic direction: Anna Thorvaldsdóttir and Erna Ómarsdóttir
Music: Anna Thorvaldsdóttir
Choreography: Erna Ómarsdóttir
Assistant choreographer: Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir
Conductor: Anna-Maria Helsing
Video art: Pierre-Alain Giraud and Valdimar Jóhannsson

Costumes: Agniezska Baranowska
Editing: Pierre-Alain Giraud

Dancers: Charmene Pang, Elín Signý Weywadt Ragnarsdóttir, Erna Gunnarsdóttir, Félix Urbina Alejandre, Inga Huld Hákonardóttir, Shota Inoue, Tilly Sordat and Una Björg Bjarnadóttir.

 Choreography was created in collaboration with IDC dancers.

A production of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Iceland Dance Company.

AION

AION is inspired by an abstract notion of time and the journey between dimensions. In AION Anna Thorvaldsdottir composer and Erna Ómarsdóttir choreographer invite the audience on an otherworldly voyage where music and movement merge in a unique way.

AION is a new large scale work - a choreographed symphonic stage work - with music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and choreography by Erna Ómarsdóttir with the Iceland Dance Company. AION was premiered on May 24th by the Gothenburg Symphony and the Iceland Dance Company in Gothenburg at the Point Festival. The work is co-commissioned by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

AEQUA

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I am really excited about the new portrait album with a selection of my chamber pieces performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble which will be released in November on Sono Luminus. The album presents a selection of recent chamber pieces for smaller forces - ranging from solo piano to string ensemble - which orbit the large ensemble work aequilibria. Two of the pieces are conducted by Steven Schick and the piano solo is performed by Cory Smythe.

Anna signs with Chester Music - Music Sales Classical

It is very exciting to be signing with Chester Music and The Music Sales Classical for distribution of my works. It has been wonderful to get to know the people at Chester Music and the Music Sales Group, and having had good time to do so has been an invaluable part of establishing this relationship - I can't think of a better home for my music.

Ad Genua

A wonderful recording from the performance of Ad Genua at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart festival in August 2016 - performed by The Crossing & International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

Text by Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir.

Sequences

Wonderful to share this great recording from the premiere of Sequences performed by The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) at the New York Public Library in September 2016 ❀

Bass Flute: Alice Tessier
Bass Clarinet: Campbell MacDonald
Contrabassoon: Rebekah Heller
Baritone Saxophone: Ryan Muncy

Recorded by ICE and the New York Public Library

Seven Responses

It is wonderful to be in Philadelphia for the Seven Responses Project - a beautiful passion project of conductor Donald Nally that has been in the planning for a long time. The project is about to take place this coming weekend, on June 24th and 25th. There will be 7 premieres by composers Caroline Shaw, David T. Little, Hans Thomalla. Lewis Spratlan, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Santa Ratniece & myself, along with a performance of Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri. The works will be performed by the Crossing Choir, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Quicksilver Baroque under the direction of Donald Nally.

It has been a great pleasure taking part in this project - it was truly heartwarming to work with the text by Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir who wrote beautiful lyrics for me to put music to, and to have the piece as part of this larger project is really something special.

With warmth
Anna

 

For more information about the project see here
The Seven Responses program

Who is Seven Responses?