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Danielle Georgiou Dance Group: Dances with Whales (Keiko – Always on my Mind), photo by Paperlyte, performed at Kay Bailey Convention Center Dallas

Dances with Whales (Keiko – Always on my Mind)

Dance Performance

A performance on the street featuring inflatable killer whales and a sea of foam, Dances with Whales (Keiko – Always on my Mind) is Icelandic artist Magnús Siguarðarson’s tribute to the troubled life of the (Icelandic) orca, Keiko, who eventually starred in the much loved film Free Willy. First performed at MoMA PS1  in New York, Siguarðarson’s original piece was re-worked for multiple dancers in collaboration with the Dallas-based choreographer Danielle Georgiou.


The Danielle Georgiou Dance Group (DGDG) was founded in 2011 by Danielle Georgiou and is a dance theater company that works within the ideas of contemporary dance and physical theater. DGDG's work reflects Georgiou's interest in social and psychological issues, and in creating compelling images of a "new female." DGDG was selected as Best Dance Company in 2016 by the Readers of D Magazine and was named 2015's Best Dance Troupe by the Dallas Observer. The Show About Men (2015) was named Best New Play or Musical and cited for Outstanding Creative Contribution for Choreography by the Dallas Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards. NICE (2014), which premiered at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre for the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project, also won for Choreography.

Magnús Sigurðarson studied art at Studio Cecil and Graves, Florence, Italy (1988), The Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts (1992) and Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Jersey (1997). He currently lives and works in Miami Beach, Florida. His works display a remarkable range of approaches, from interventions in public space and sculptural installations to intimate photographic and video work. Much of Siguarðarson’s recent work deals with themes of displacement and alienation, often drawing on the artist‘s personal experiences of living and traveling for extended periods away from his native Iceland, but infused with a gentle humor that moderates the serious subject matter.