// Gudrun Soley Sigurdardottir // Elision



(The process of joining together or merging things, especially abstract ideas.)

I’m here
I’m from there
Isn’t it incredible?

Elision is a light-hearted exploration of alikeness and otherness and an attempt to deconstruct my Icelandic identity. The performance explores what it means to be ‘foreign’ in terms of where I come from, and the complications surrounding that.

This process began with ‘My Family in Iceland’: a photo series shot in Iceland on Maryhill Road, the street I live on, where I collaborated with strangers to re-stage family photographs. The project was a way of bringing people together and examining Iceland in relation to home and belonging.

Elision is a performance of joining together or merging different ideas in order to examine our culture of separation and segregation.

Gudrun Soley is an Icelandic performance maker and director based in Glasgow. She creates complex meta-performances, which question authenticity, the rehearsed live moment and ideas around theatrical deconstruction. Gudrun is concerned with time and space, making work that is intentionally specific and scripted, whilst appearing responsive and in the moment. Currently, her practice is focused on how pulling previously established ideas apart can be a way of exploring unity and separation in relation to her foreign identity.

Gudrun Soley is supported by a BANNER Graduate Award 2016, an Artsadmin initiative supported by Goldsmiths, University of London and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is a graduate from the BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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