Award-winning, anti-capitalist, BDSM, techno-dystopian, performance art collective Hatari are proud to represent Iceland at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, brought to you almost exclusively by premier, top quality, Icelandic effervescent soft drink manufacturer SodaDream.
Hatari is a political, multimedia project that aims to take the lid off the relentless, unfolding scam that is everyday life. They explain: "We cannot change things, but we can unveil the anomie of neoliberal society, the pointlessness of every minute spent in the futile race, and the low price for which man now sells himself ever more blatantly. We can scream at our own impotence, scream at our collective sleepwalk through routine, and implore our audience to unite, shoulder to shoulder, and dance. Dance, basically, or die. Hatari represent a considered reflection on hope and hopelessness, power and repression, of image, individualism, despotism, exposing the contradictions that arise when everyone is embedded within the same system and struggling to fight against it. We are Hatari. We are all Hatari."
Hatari was founded in Reykjavík, Iceland in 2015 by Klemens Hannigan and Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson with masked drummer Einar Hrafn Stefánsson joining shortly after. Joining them on the Eurovision Song Contest stage to dismantle capitalism are dancers/choreographers Sólbjört Sigurðardóttir, Andrean Sigurgeirsson, and Ástrós Guðjónsdóttir.
Also on their way to Tel Aviv are graphic designer Ingi Kristján Sigurmarsson, video artist Baldvin Vernharðsson and costume designer duo Karen Briem and Andri Hrafn Unnarsson, all of whom have already established themselves as an integral part of Hatari's multimedia performances. Hatari's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest is the group's first bold step in their global plan to orchestrate the inevitable downfall of capitalism.
The Hatari team brings together diverse corners of Iceland’s musical and artistic world. Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson is a journalist and writer. He graduated from the Iceland Academy of the Arts as a theatre and performance artist, and has been highly commended as a playwright. Klemens Hannigan is a musician, cabinetmaker, and designer, currently studying fine arts at the Icelandic Academy of Arts. Einar Hrafn Stefánsson is a musician, producer, and sound engineer who has played with a variety of Icelandic bands in the past. Sólbjört, Andrean, and Ástrós have all studied contemporary dance at the Icelandic Academy of Arts and have been very successful on the Icelandic dance scene. Hatari invite you all to join them on their nihilistic journey to the centre of the earth.