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Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir is an award-winning dancer and a choreographer. After 16 years of a successful career at Iceland Dance Company she suffered an injury that forced her to reconsider her relationship with dance, the body, and her artistic practice.This process, along with the vivid feeling of an aging body, opened her eyes to the silence around menopause and her own lack of knowledge on the subject. She began researching and interviewing menopausal women in her local community. This led her to a masters degree in Performance Practice at Iceland ́s University of the Arts where she further developed her artistic practice and conducted research that revolved around aging, connecting to the body ́s knowledge, history and to the big taboo, menopause. Out of this research and Gunnarsdóttir ́s artistic practice, the stage piece When the Bleeding Stops was born.

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