Icelandic Ambassador attended a Poignant Dance Performance in Potsdam

The event unveiled the layers of menopause through dance

June 24th, 2024
Anita Marsiglia, News from Berlin
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On 28 May, 2024, Icelandic Ambassador María Erla Marelsdóttir attended the performance "When the Bleeding Stops," directed and initiated by Reykjavik native Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir, which took place as part of the Potsdam Dance Days at the Fabrik Potsdam.

The enthusiastic audience immersed themselves in the experience of menopause and were invited to laugh, cry, and celebrate with the participating artists. Additionally, Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir and the artists provided deeper insights into the background of the project during an artist talk.

“When the Bleeding Stops” is a performance work by Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir. In this work Lovísa addresses the silence and taboo that seems to engulf menopause in Western society, as well as her personal experience of aging as a dancer.

After suffering an injury five years ago, Lovísa was forced to reconsider her relationship with dance and the body. This process opened her eyes to the silence around menopause and her own lack of knowledge on the subject. She began researching and posted an open invitation online where she invited menopausal women to participate in her project. Before she knew it, she was working with a large number of women from across Icelandic society.

“When the Bleeding Stops” invited the audience into a world of vulnerability, shame, empathy and humour. The work transported the audience into the privacy of the participants homes, and dived deep into the many layers of the female experience associated with menopause.


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