Lára Stefánsdóttir

Description

Lára Stefánsdóttir (www.larastef.is) started her ballet studies at the age of 7 and graduated from the Icelandic National Theatre School of Ballet in 1980. She did further dance training in Kuopio, Dresden, Cologne and Copenhagen. She worked as a dancer with The Icelandic Dance-company (ÍD) since 1980 – 2004 and danced many leading roles. In 1995, the well known Swedish choreographer, Per Jonsson made a solo piece For Lára, which she later danced on many occasions f. ex. Dancing North in Barcelona 1995. Among choreographers she has worked with are; Jorma Uotinen, Jirí Kylián, Rui Horta, Jochen Ulrich, Richard Wherlock and Ed Wubbe. Lára Stefánsdóttir has created many pieces for The Icelandic Dance Company and Pars Pro Toto dance-theater. Furthermore she has choreographed in many productions at The Icelandic National Theatre, Reykjavik City Theatre, Icelandic National Television, Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra and many independent companies. In the year 2000 Reykjavik Culture Capital commissioned two new pieces from Lara. She has been awarded many grants and prices for her work. In 1998 she got the first price at the choreographic competition, City Theatre in Reykjavik. Her piece Elsa (2001) got the first price at the International Choreographic Competition in Helsinki, Finland. And in March 2002 her piece Joi received 1st price at The 6th International Solo-Dance-Theatre festival in Stuttgart, Germany. In June 2004, her work Luna (2004) received the Icelandic award called Griman. After many years of choreographic experience and work, she received a Masters degree in Arts-Choreography, from Middlesex University, London 2006. In 2003 she got certificated Pilates instructor from The Pilates Studio in The Hague, Holland. She is running her own Pilates studio in Reykjavík (www.toney.is). Her latest dance-works called G.duo (2007) and Von (2005) were performed at The Icelandic festival in Stuttgart, Germany in May, 2007. Svanurinn (2008) a duet made for the ÍD got extremely good responses. And the work “Sisters” (2008) made and performed by Stefánsdóttir, Ástrós Gunnarsdóttir and Hrafnhildur Hagalín.was a big success. Lara’s choreography has been performed worldwide in Europe, Asia, S-Africa,USA and Britain. Pars Pro Toto dance–theater got a support from the government to produce a new dance work called “Brothers”. A work by Lára Stefánsdóttir and Ástrós Gunnarsdótti which will be premiered in May 2010 at The Art-festival Reykjavík.

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