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Press review

Víðsjá, RÚV, National Radio of Iceland, 26th of November, 2021


 "What began as a woman's story had now become the joy of all women and the beauty of aging bodies, bodies that hold so much history and wisdom and sources, bodies to be seen. At the same time, the work was a celebration of the feminine within us all, but it was obvious when the lights were turned on that the work had a great impact on people of all ages and all genders”.

“But it is precisely the simplicity that makes it effective, stories that cry out in a huge context. The work deals with the inevitable desire of man to dance. It's about the feminine and about the story that lives in the body. The work manages to highlight the unspoken and invisible, which we did not know we missed until it stares at us and demands to be acknowledged”.

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Other reviews

Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir - Actress and Professor at The Iceland University of the Arts

"My experience following the show was so overwhelming that I ran to my car where I cried uncontrollably. The show awakened within me a connection between my matriarchs and me, at the age of 54, and how we are pushed aside when we have never been more powerful. "


Brynhildur Guðjónsdóttir - Artistic Director of the Reykjavík City Theatre

"When the Bleeding stops is a beautiful performance, a touching revelation, defying our preconceived notions of the female body, and celebrating it in all its varied forms. The subject of menopause has been taboo for long enough and here it is approached in a beautiful way, turning the event into a touching work of art." 

Birna Hafstein - Chairman of The Association of Icelandic Artists in the Performing Arts and Films


"A glorious oath to women where midlife crisis is celebrated. A wonderful, current and liberating piece, performed with humour, warmth and energy."

Valur Freyr Einarsson - Theatre director and an actor at the Reykjavík City Theatre
"It is a very honest and intimate show about a sensitive issue, which is strangely hidden in the modern society even though 50 % the population has do deal with it. Lovísa shares this very personal journey with us in a very warm and charming way. From the very opening of the show she embraces all of us and leads us on a surprising, wonderful, funny and exciting journey of Menopause. Who would have thought that was even possible. I am a 53 years old male and I was thrilled, I even embraced my own menopause, which is even more taboo. It is a heart warming and sensitive show that really celebrates life and makes you appreciate all the little wonderful things you got going for you.
Eliza Reid - Writer and the First Lady of Iceland

"When the Bleeding Stops is an entertaining, refreshing, and revitalizing look at a topic that, even today, is too often hidden and shamed. A feel good, celebration of the beauty and power of middle age."

Lilja Alfreðsdóttir -Icelandic Minister of Culture and Business Affairs

"When the Bleeding stops is such an inspiring work as it is funny, exciting, and innovative. Not only is it enjoyable to watch it and the dancer great, the work also sits with you and empowers women!"

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