Ármann Einarsson is a music school teacher and a father of three. At the age of 50 he is around 170 cm in height, with a prominent belly and no experience in dance. In 2013, he revealed to his daughter-in-law, choreographer Brogan Davison, his life-long desire to perform contemporary dance, ideally on stage. So he and Brogan, under the direction of Pétur Ármannsson (the son of Ármann), developed a contemporary dance piece, celebrated first by local audiences and then at international festivals all over the world.
This inspiring story grabbed both the public’s and the media’s attention which finally resulted in the show being nominated as “Dance Show of the Year” and winning the “Readers Choice” award in the Icelandic DV Culture Awards 2013. Furthermore the show was nominated in two categories in the Icelandic Theater Awards 2014, Brogan Davison as “Choreographer of the Year” and Davison and Ármannsson as “Best Newcomers”.
Dance for me is a show about stepping out of our comfort zones and daring to realize our dreams. Since Ármann’s initial dream came true it has grown, from him wanting to dance on stage in his home town to now wanting to conquer the dance world. Is dance really for everybody?
“…it takes courage to go so far out of your comfort zone like Ármann does, but it is possible with the help of a professional like Brogan”
– Fréttablaðið, National Newspaper in Iceland.
“…it’s important, it’s funny and it’s captivating, hard to ask for more.”
– Víðsjá, National Radio 1, Iceland.