Against a purple and silver patterned background, Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir, a blonde woman with a long braid, clutches her hands to her chest. She leans forward, smiling. She is wearing a dark blue, short-sleeved shirt.
Image credit: Tale Hendnes

When the Bleeding Stops

Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir

When the Bleeding Stops – Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir addresses the silence and taboo that seems to engulf menopause in Western society, as well as her personal experience of ageing as a dancer.

On a black stage, five women stand, each in a spotlight. They are colourfully dressed and raising their hands in the air.
Image credit: Owen Fiene

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 – inviting us to laugh, cry and celebrate with these women.

The work premiered at Reykjavík Dance Festival in The Reykjavík City Theatre in 2021 and has been touring since. It has drawn critical acclaim and the local women participating in the project have described the experience as empowering and even life-changing. When the Bleeding Stops was nominated as the most innovative performance of the year at The Icelandic Theatre Awards and Lovísa was chosen as one of 20/23 Aerowaves artists as well as a Crowd Artist in 2023.

Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir stands on stage, lit by a spotlight. She is a blonde woman with long braided hair, wearing a blue jumpsuit. Behind her are five screens with still images of dancing woman projected upon them.
Image credit: Owen Fiene

Lovísa is now on a mission to travel with the performance internationally, connect to local, menopausal women in each place, gather stories and dance videos from them, introduce them to her artistic practice and invite them to join her on stage.


  • CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY AND TEXT Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir
  • VIDEO DESIGN Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir with Brett Smith
  • PERFORMERS Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir, Kristjana Stefánsdóttir, Ólöf Ingólfsdóttir, Arndís Guðmundsdóttir

Thanks to: Sigrún Ólafsdóttir, Alexander Roberts, Brogan Davison, Egill Ingibergsson, Valdimar Jóhannsson and Rebekka Ingimundardóttir. Special thanks to all the women who have participated.

When and Where

Fri 24 May, 8pm

Venue: Universal Hall 
The Park Ecovillage, Findhorn, IV36 3TZ

Age: 16+ (Guideline)


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