ERNA ÒMARSDOTTIR is born in Reykjavik, Iceland. She graduated from PARTS (performing arts research and training studios)1998 under the direction of Anna Teresa de Keersemaeker. Following her graduation she worked with the Belgian theater director Jan Fabre in several creations. She worked also with the Belgian dancecompany Ballet c De la B and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Foi. She has been one of the founders and a member of two collectives, EKKA from Reykjavik and PONI from Brussels.
The last years she has mainly been creating and touring internationally with her own work. She created IBM 1401 ( a users manual) ,2002 and THE MYSTERIES OF LOVE, 2006 in colloboration with the composer Johann Johannsson. She has created and directed several works for the Icelandic dancecompany. Amongst those are: in collaboration with Emil
Hrvation(Janez Janza) WE ARE ALL MARLENE DIETRICH FOR, 2005 and in collaboration with Damien Jalet and Gabríela Friðriksdóttir TRANSAQUANIA, ( OUT OF THE BLUE) 2009 and TRANSAQUANIA-INTO THIN AIR thin air, 2010. In 2009 she directed and created BLACK MARROW for the Melbourne based company Chunky Move at the Melbourne international Artsfestival as-well in collaboration with Damien Jalet.
Together with Valdimar Jóhannsson she created the company Shalala in 2008. Amongst their most recent works are WE SAW MONSTER, premiered at the National theater of Iceland for the Reykjaviks Artfestival 2011, THE TICKLING DEATH MACHINE , premiered at the Kunstenfestival des Arts Brussels, 2011, TEACH US TO OUTGROW OUR MADNESS, premiered at Les antipodes, Scene nationale des Quartz in Brest 2009 , the theatrical band LAZYBLOOD. She is a member of the trio Skyrleebob together with Gudni Gunnarsson and Lieven Dousselaere.