Noble SavageAnalysis of the processes of otherness by creating a black stage where the “other” is white.
Friday December 14th
10:00 – 11:30
Bíó Paradís, Hverfisgata 54
Noble Savage is a piece that studies colonialized bodies and racialized representation. In the piece blackness is a mythical, mystical and untamed landscape that both creates and deconstructs meaning. Blackness and the black performers act as terrain for the viewer’s fantasies, dreams, expectations and fears. By facing the viewer’s gaze the work attempts to escape it’s own otherness. It attempts to shake the existing norm and instead recentralize itself.
Sonya Lindfors is a Helsinki based artist that works with choreography, facilitating, community organizing and education. She is the founding member and Artistic Director of UrbanApa, an inter-disciplinary and counter hegemonic arts community that offers a platform for new discourses and feminist art practices.
In all her work Lindfors deals with issues of power, structures, representation and othering. Her recent series of stage works Noir? (2013), Noble Savage (2016) and the up and coming piece Cosmic Latte (2018) centralizes questions around blackness and the black body.
During season 2017 – 2018 Lindfors is the house choreographer of Zodiak – center for new dance.
Directing, choreography and concept: Sonya Lindfors
Dramaturgical support: Maryan Abdulkarim
Performers: Esete Sutinen, Amira Khalifa, Julian Owusu, Deogracias Masomi, Ima Iduozee, Sonya Lindfors
Light design: Erno Aaltonen
Sound design: Jussi Matikainen
Music: Erno Aaltonen and Jussi Matikainen
Video design: Laura Jantunen
Set design: AIno Koski
Costume design: Sanna Levo