Sagnadans „Narrative dance“ – a documentary film by Konrad Gylfason.

At one point in Iceland’s history, music and dancing was prohibited which resulted in the music being lost but the lyrics remained where as in the rest of Scandinavia the music lived on and the lyrics were lost.

Singer/songwriter Anna Pálína Árnadóttir, songwriter/poet Aðalsteinn Ásberg Sigurðsson and the Swedish folk music trio Draupner join forces in bringing those ancient Icelandic lyrics to life in Sagnadans (narrative dance).

Sagnadans was performed in 2002 and was Anna Pálína Árnadóttir’s last project but she passed away only two months after filming was completed.

Icelandic & Swedish dialogue with English subtitles for spoken words and lyrics.

You can watch Sagnadans on Vimeo-on-Demand
and you can find more of her music at Dimma’s website.

Anna Pálína Árnadóttir, vocals
Aðalsteinn Ásberg Sigurðsson
Görgen Antonsson, violin
Henning Andersson, violin
Tomas Lindberg, guitar, mandola, busuki
Pétur Grétarsson, percussion

A film by
Konrad Gylfason

Additional Camera
Aðalsteinn Ásberg Sigurðsson
Árni Húmi Aðalsteinsson

Audio Mixing
Birgir Tryggvason,

Year Released

Running Time
45:18 min.