Helena Jonsdottir (IS)

Helena 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, including "Breaking voices” for Art Festival in Reykjavik 2002 with ÍD (Icelandic Dance Company) one of 10 Moving North project with the film "While the cats away” and then "Zimmer" which won the IV. Videotanzpreis 2003/2004 of SK Stiftung Kultur in Cologne and her latest film "Another” in collaboration with Estonia, Arte, YLE, SVT, DR, SDF, NRK and many more. She is recognized internationally for her work in Scandinavia, UK and USA and was nominated in Los Angeles, USA 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. Helena has also created a new full-length version of "Open Source" for Iceland Dance Company at the Reykjavik City Theatre in 2005 and spring 2007 "Open Source" opened the Guangdong modern dance festival, China with ÍD and that version was performed at the Reykjavik City Theatre in the autumn 2007 then it went to Brussels, Belgium performing at the BOZAR. And this year part of installation project “ Freeze” in Alaska (http://www.freezeproject.org/) organized by the Alaska Design Forum and the International Gallery of Contemporary Art and older visual art projects like Hinterland is a collection of artists projects which primarily take place along the banks of the River Trent in Nottingham. The initiative was launched in September 2006 curated by Jennie Syson, then part of contemporary art - traveling exhibitions "100 artist see god" - ICA London, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, CA and more curated by John Baldessari and Meg Cranston.

Besides the creative projects Helena teaches at the Art academy of Iceland and at the Icelandic film school among giving lectures and workshops abroad.