30 teenagers invited to a Listening Party.
It’s our party and we’ll cry if we want to.
Listening Party is a party on stage. The hosts are a big group of teenagers, aged 13-17. They play their favourite music. Sometimes they sing along or dance along or cry along or whatever. They talk about their music and about themselves, their ideas, worries, thoughts and dreams. They hang out, listen to music together and listen to each other with their audience. They support each other, celebrate each other and their teenage years. The stage is theirs, the words are theirs, they have the power – even though it’s just during the show. It’s their party and they do whatever they want.
Listening Party premiered at the Everybody’s Spectacular festival in 2017 at the National Theatre of Iceland.
Ásrún Magnúsdóttir was born in Reykjavík in the late 80s. Her work aims to stretch the dominant modes of dance and choreography and has been received well at home and abroad. She is currently interested in trying to make invisible choreographies visible and in amplifying voices that she feels could be heard better; giving the stage to others to speak up, be seen and listened to.
Dramaturgical consultant, production: Alexander Roberts