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30 March | Teatro das Figuras, Faro | 21h30 | m/12 | 45 min | ticket 5€  

lBM1401 - A User's Manual (in memoriam)

Erna Ómarsdóttir & Jóhann Jóhannsson Island

national premiere


choreography and performer Erna Ómarsdóttir Músic composed by Jóhann Jóhannsson orchestrated by Jóhann Jóhannsson and Arnar Bjarnason music performed by Ólafur Björn Ólafsson aka ÓBÓ / Úlfur Eldjárn strings by Orquestra Filarmónica de Prague, conduzida por Mario Klemens recorded in Praga, September 2005 lights: Sylvain Rausa production and distribution LÓKAL Performing Arts Reykjavík (Ragnheiður Skúladóttir & Bjarni Jónsson) | music contains a fragment of "Ísland Ögrum Skorið" by Sigvaldi Kaldalóns, interpreted by IBM 1401 computer, programmed by Jóhann Gunnarsson and Elías Davíðsson, recorded in 1971.

IBM 1401 - A User’s Manual, a collaboration between composer Jóhann Jóhannsson and dancer/choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir was first performed in 2002. In late 2017 Erna and Jóhann started talking about the possibility of reviving this much acclaimed piece. Both artists very excited about revisiting a successful co-operation and wheels were brought into motion. Performances had already been scheduled when, sadly, Jóhann Jóhannsson passed away in February 2018. With her re-working of the piece, Erna Ómarsdóttir commemorates a longtime collaborator and a dear friend.


based around the story of the first computer to come to Iceland, in 1964, this piece blends dance movements with a set-design and music that reflects themes of technonostalgia/discarded technology, nurture, human and artificial intelligence, and sexuality. The choreography uses elements of the body as machine and dance as a mysterious, uncanny and intangible energy, much like electricity. The choreography explores both mechanical movements and organic movements and juxtaposes the two, seeking to find the link between them.