Reykjavík hosts the biggest contemporary dance event in the Nordic region


ICE HOT, Nordic Dance Platform, will be held in Iceland in December 12th – 16th 2018. Twenty full length performances shown in venues and site-specific locations in various part of the capital area, and 19 presentations in pitch sessions.

This biannual contemporary dance showcase and networking event has been held in four of the Nordic capitals, starting in Stockholm in 2010, Helsinki 2012, Oslo 2014, and the most recent one in Copenhagen 2016.

Reykjavík will now host this largest event in contemporary dance in the Nordic region.

The Reykjavík Platform will showcase 39 dance productions and presentations in four days. Twenty full length performances shown in venues and site-specific locations in various part of the capital area and 19 presentations in a pitch session entitled MORE, MORE, MORE. Artists presenting “New Artistic Ideas” will, for the first time, be part of the program.

All the Nordic artists of ICE HOT Reykjavík have a strong artistic voice which stands out in the crowd. A diverse, high quality program with works for and with children and teenagers, site specific work for indoor and outdoor spaces, and a wide range of stage dance which speaks to body, mind and soul.

The program shows a youngish artistry – full of opinion, spirit, feminism and grit. The 39 artists were chosen out of a record number of 355 Nordic artists who applied to show their work in Reykjavík.

Almost twenty seminars and workshops

An extensive seminar programme was put together of ideas gathered by an open call. There are, for example, two seminars about innovative social practices and how dance can enrich people lives, work as jump-starter for better health and a wonderful means for inclusion. What do you know about contemporary dance in Greenland – Greenland – building a nation and a contemporary dance community will answer to your questions.

ICE HOT will also host the Springback Magazine Assembly that brings tens of young critics to Reykjavik. They will host an exciting live TV seminar where the weeks performances will be debated and digested with the artists and writers joining on the TV set. See the whole seminar programme here.

The whole city will be the playground of ICE HOT Reykjavík

All major theatres and venues will host staged work: Reykjavík city theatre, The National Theatre, Tjarnarbíó, Iðnó, The Dancegarden and Gaflaraleikhúsið.  In addition, works will be shown in museum halls and outdoors on Reykjavík’s beautiful coastline.

The art cinema Bíó Paradís, the Nordic House, and the new Dance Atelier will host a series of 17 different workshops and seminars. Guests are offered a pre-trip December 11–12th to the wonderful peninsula Snæfellsnes. Travellers will stay in the unique artistic residency and theatre space The Freezer, based in the tiny village of Rif at the tip of the peninsula. Rif is underneath the glacier Snæfellsjökull, made infamous in Jules Verne‘s Story to the centre of the earth.

ICE HOT Reykjavík is expected to bring over 350 international presenters and other guests to view this Nordic dance feast. Over 110 Nordic artists are performing.

This fantastic and cool event expands relationships, enables multiplied dialogues between artists and presenters and has a proven track record of being a platform which increases international work opportunities for artists.  ICE HOT is an innovative democratic project which has brought global attention to Nordic dance.

For  full program and more information visit

ICE HOT Nordic dance platform is a partnership formed by five leading Nordic organizations in dance who are:

The Reykjavik Platform is organised by the Icelandic partner, Performing Arts Iceland, in collaboration with the main dance organisations in Iceland: the SL Independent theatres, Dance Atelier Reykjavik, The Dancers Association and the Choreographers Association.

ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform has enjoyed the generous support of the Nordic Council of Ministers since 2011. The Reykjavík Platform is also generously supported by Nordic Culture Fund, Nordic Culture Point, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Iceland, City of Reykjavik, Centenary of Icelandic independence and sovereignty fund, Promote Iceland, Swedish Arts Council, Agency for Culture and Palaces, Denmark, Danish Art Foundation, Konstnärsnämnden Sweden and the ICE HOT partners.

Updated Nov 9th 2018: Information about seminars added.