Current Projects (2024-25)

When the Bleeding Stops

Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir (IS) is an award winning choreographer and dancer. In her performance work, ‘When the Bleeding Stops’, Lovísa addresses the silence and taboo surrounding menopause. In each place of performance, Lovísa connects to local women and invites them to join her on stage. The piece is therefore constantly developing and takes inspiration from the local community. Lovísa wants to take part in changing the narrative on menopause in Western Society.

Perform Europe Grant
EUR 60,000


Artistic Works

When the Bleeding Stops
Producers: StepTurnMove
‘When the Bleeding Stops’ is a performance work by Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir. In this work Lovísa addresses the silence and taboo that seems to engulf menopause in Western society, as well as her personal experience of ageing as a dancer. After suffering an injury five years ago, Lovísa was forced to reconsider her relationship with dance and the body. This process opened her eyes to the silence around menopause and her own lack of knowledge on the subject. She began researching and posted an open invitation online where she invited menopausal women to participate in her project. Before she knew it, she was working with a large number of women from across Icelandic society. ‘When the Bleeding Stops’ invites the audience into a world of vulnerability, shame, empathy and humour. The work transports us into the privacy of the participants' homes, and dives deep into the many layers of the female experience associated with menopause and invites us to laugh, cry, and celebrate with these women.

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Owen Fiene

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