Contemporary dancer, singer and acrobat, Sigga studied contemporary dance and circus arts, before finding her love of short films and opera.
My first singing project was an opera in France last year. Gaspard Yurkievich the fashion designer, was making the costumes. They made me a massive, dramatic dress with a train. Dancing in a dress with a train is a suicide mission. We would be rehearsing, spiraling in circles, and doing backflips and I would face plant to the floor. The choreography was. In the end it was really beautiful. The dress was so big it added another layer.
I am currently making a short film [preview below] called Requiem with this really talented photographer, called Marino Thorlacius. He is a photographer based in like an isolated Fjord. And Barði Jóhannsson, musician, is making the music. It’s filmed in the West Fjords – the most beautiful area in Iceland. It’s insane. It’s the roughest place. We have been working on suffering and it’s more like a state of mind than a linear story. It’s the feeling of when you don’t know the difference between imagining and remembering something.
I am looking a lot at religion and dance. The choreography of religion. In Afghanistan, they do this dance called Attan, which was originally to get you prepared for battle. But now it’s more for weddings. With the Russian orthodox, they do repetitive movements with bowing. It’s all choreography.
Traditions – something that you don’t even notice anymore because you are just used to seeing it. Then, because I have been traveling quite a lot, as a foreigner, you see something mundane, which to you is quite foreign.
The more I travel, the more I realise that Icelanders are really weird. We do weird stuff! A lot of people say it’s hard to get to know Icelanders. In France, you go and kiss everyone, but in Iceland, you could just come to a party and go ‘hey’ [her hand waves]. And nobody touches.
What I enjoy the most is talking to someone that is the complete opposite of me, that does something I can’t even imagine doing. Like working on a boat. Hunting these sea cucumbers. I am seriously interested in, like, ‘how did you become a sea cucumber fisherman?’ How does that happen?
It sounds cliché to be talking about the nature. But having to react to change all the time stimulates you. It’s memorising in a way. You can choose to go out and see beautiful landscape, because that’s all around. But if you don’t want to see it, you can’t escape! Iceland is almost like a person, that is so annoying, and it’s always like ‘I am here!’
Interview: Siobhan Frost
Edited by: Angharad Jones