Sonja Jokiniemi (FI)

| Wednesday 29 June
At 16:30 – 18:30
Tanssin talo - Side Stage

ÖH binds together a multisensorial logic where sensuality, hybrids and the uncanny create an artistic world of discovery, divergence and liberation from binaries. An installation created from ordinary objects, wooden structure, handmade rugs holds the poetics of the ordinary. Jokiniemi searches for a space between human and non-human beings where the naive, intimate, surreal and unknown touch each other, a space for beauty that stands alone alongside mainstream aesthetics, while gearing towards a metaphor for resistance and escape from categorization and limiting forms. The work invites the audience to a net of weaving meaning and contact.

Artist / Company Bio

Sonja Jokiniemi is a choreographer, performer and artist. She graduated from the Performing arts programme at DAS Theatre in Amsterdam and with a BA in Contemporary Dance at Laban Centre in London. Sonja’s work has been supported by many performing arts venues: STUK (BE), Zodiak Centre for New Dance, Moving in November festival and Kiasma Contemporary Art museum (FI), MDT (SWE), BUDA Kunstzentrum (BE). She has recently exhibited at Den Frie Centre for Contemporary Art in Copenhagen and and Dr.Guislaan Museum in Ghent. Jokiniemi has been awarded a five-year artist grant 2021-2025 by The National Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

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  • Performance & collaboration

    Sonja Jokiniemi, Leila Kourkia, Marlon Moilanen, Herman Nyby, Maria Saivosalmi-Katinas, Tuuli Vahtola, Mikko Orpana
  • Choreography and concept

    Sonja Jokiniemi - Assistant: Sanni Kriikku
  • Visual design

    Heikki Paasonen and Sonja Jokiniemi
  • Sound design

    Gil Schneider
  • Rya rugs implementation

    Aino Ojala, based on drawings by Sonja Jokiniemi
  • Producer (premiere)

    Riikka Thitz
  • Photos

    Katri Naukkarinen
  • Videoteaser

    Mariangela Pluchino
  • Produced by

    Co-production: Zodiak (Helsinki, FI), Moving in November festival (Helsinki, FI), STUK – A House for Dance, Image and Sound (Leuven, BE) in the framework of the Life Long Burning – Towards a sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe project (2018-2022) supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

    Residencies: Mad House Helsinki (FI)
  • Supporters

    Arts Promotion Centre Finland,
    The Finnish Cultural Foundation
  • Premiere date and place

    10.11.2020 in the frame of Moving in November festival & Zodiak - Center for New Dance
  • Duration (minutes)

    100 min
  • Stage dimensions

    12 m x 12 m x 5 m
  • Target group