Birgir

Helena Jónsdóttir

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DIRECTOR Helena Jónsdóttir
RELEASE 2006
LENGTH 2

Synopsis

Birgir, a short film about a plumber and handyman from her native Reykjavik who felt inspired to dance beside the water's edge. Birgir learned of Helena’s profession and was anxious to share his creative ideas with her as he was taking dance classes himself. The film was the result of a collaborative project fuelled by the spark that was initially felt between the two artists. This film was projected onto one of the large waterway buildings from the banks of the Trent and visible from the Boat Launch on Sunday 1 October, 2006.

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Helena Jonsdottir studied at the National Theatre Ballet School of Iceland, with additional studies at Alvin Ailey, New York. She has performed in and choreographed countless productions for television, film, music videos and the stages. Helena has also written, choreographed and directed many choreographic films. Helena is a pioneer in dance short films in Iceland. She is recognized internationally for her work in Scandinavia, UK and USA and was nominated in Los Angeles 2001 as the best choreographer at the Music Video Production Association Awards in LA and won the Grand Prix at the Cinessonne Film Festival in Paris, France 2006. After her dance theatre work “Open Source” won the first prize in the Icelandic Dance Theatre Awards in June 2003, since then Helena has developed further “Open Source” and made an Irish version of it, which was premiered at the Galway Art Festival and Ghent Art Festival in Belgium 2004. Beside of the creative projects Helena teaches at the Art academy of Iceland and at the Icelandic film school among giving lectures and workshops abroad.
 

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