Icelandic dancer and choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir, born in 1972, completed her studies at the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios in Brussels (P.A.R.T.S) under the direction of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, and graduated in 1998. Since then she has worked with directors and choreographers such as Jan Fabre, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and les ballets C de la B. In 2008, together with the musician Valdimar Jóhannsson, she founded the dance company shalala. Among their works are Teach us to outgrow our madness and the concert performance Lazyblood. Erna was one of the founding members of the collectives Ekka / Reykjavik and Poni / Brussels. As a choreographer she has worked for the Icelandic National Theater and has collaborated with artists including Gabríela Fridriksdottir, Björk, Ólöf Arnalds, Ben Frost, Reykjavík! and Margrét Sara Gudjonsdottir. Erna is a five-time winner of the ‘Griman’, the Icelandic theatre award for dance.