As a woman in her early forties, dancer and choreographer Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir has become fascinated by menopause and middle-aged women. In Gunnarsdóttirs new performance work When the Bleeding Stops, she addresses the excruciating silence and taboo that seems to engulf this topic in Western society as well as her personal experience of aging as a dancer. After suffering an injury, three years ago, Lovísa was forced to rethink her relationship to dance and her body. This process opened her eyes to the silence around menopause and her own lack of knowledge about the topic. She started researching and interviewing women in menopause as well as posting an open invitation online were she invited middle aged women to participate in her project. Before she knew it, she was working with a large number of middle-aged women from across Icelandic society.
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Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir
- Technical director
When the Bleeding Stops is presented in cooperation with Aerowaves - dance across Europe.