Neind Thing seeks to transform a state of chaos and misery into a state of renewed empowerment, through dance, games, contemplative conversations.
Neind Is Not Everything; It’s Every Thing:
What if the answer to everything was nothing? Neind is the Icelandic word for nothing. In Neind Thing (Nothing Thing) we ask nothing to solve the problems of the world. Nothingness as a practice of elimination, as a dance, as a symbol and a ritual.
Neind Thing is a dance performance by 3 dancers, a drummer and a lighting designer. All are actively Neinding. Together, we nothing.
The performance moves between a presentation of a meticulous dance practice, an intense punk concert and a surreal meta-fictional theater.
Neind Thing is based on the desire to be freed from our current anxieties, from hopelessness in the face of a dystopian future, from constant media stimuli and a paradoxical attention-stealing online world. We contemplate nothing’s potential; our right to nothingness as a form of resistance. We seek nothingness as a pathway to freedom; freedom from chaos and unwanted distractions, freedom to care, freedom to choose what we pay attention to and how.
We employ Neind as a tactic to stave off the incessant overload present in its opposite, Everything.
Neind is the freedom to appear.
CONCEPT AND DIRECTION Inga Huld Hákonardóttir / PERFORMERS AND CO-CREATORS Salvör Þórarinsdóttir, Védís Kjartansdóttir, Ægir Sindri Bjarnason, Arnar Ingvarsson, Inga Huld Hákonardóttir / LIVE MUSIC AND PERCUSSIONS Ægir Sindri Bjarnason / SCENOGRAPHY Guðný Sigurðardóttir/ LIGHTS Arnar Ingvarsson / ARTISTIC ADVISORS Halla Ólafsdóttir, Ásgerður Gunnarsdóttir / THE PROJECT WAS FUNDED BY The Icelandic Ministry of Culture and Education, The Performing Arts Counsel of Iceland and Kunstenwerkplaats / CO-PRODUCERS ARE Kunstenwerkplaats, Mur-Mur productions and Tjarnarbíó / SPECIAL THANKS TO Owen Fiene, Kieran Robin, Lótus Jógasetur, Dansverkstæðið, Saga Sigurðardóttir, Sandy Williams, Hákon Leifsson and Ólöf Pálsdóttir