In her fifth work, after the group piece Blab, full of strange, creepy and fun sexual togetherness, Sonja Jokiniemi goes back to a self performed solo. As always, a strong point is made in the interaction with objects on stage, inspired by her Eastern Finland roots: lichen, wood, clay, knife. Two big black and white drawings and some laced textiles hang from the ceiling. The audience is sitting around the performer.
In the previous works, Jokiniemi, developing a strong personal discourse around alternative languages and new materialism, was finding in those stage objects real play partners, encouraging the audience to consider their presence with the same intensity as human performers. In Howl, the constructive dialogue is for the first time failing: inability, frustration and fear seem to take the lead, allowing the performance artist to let progressively but fully go the civilized part of this human to object relationship, destroying the ideas of normality, civilization, canalized sexuality and constructed intelligence, leading the audience to a new pallet of sensitive, psychoanalytic and carnal questions about the ecosystem. Deeply moving, sexual, violent and sad, Howl is surely her most intimate work to date.
- About Sonja Jokiniemi
Sonja Jokiniemi is a choreographer, performer and self-taught visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. She makes transdisciplinary work with investigation into ecology, language and thought structures, neuro- and psychodiversity. She often works with objects, materials and drawings. Her participatory projects in the social sector and studies of Expressive Artistic Therapy interweave with her interest in a stage that claims space for intimacy, sincerity and broadening of norms.
Choreography, visual work & performance Sonja Jokiniemi | Light & set design Heikki Paasonen | Sound design Natalia Dominguez Rangel |Dramaturgical dialogue Elina Minn | Performer in rehearsal Maija Karhunen | Glass blowing Kari Alakoski / Mfka & Alakoski Oy | Headdres in collaboration with Valentin Silvennoinen | Producer Riikka Thitz | International distribution Something Great (Berlin) | Performance Photos Simo Karisalo | Co-production Be My Guest -network for emerging practices, Kiasma Theatre (FI), MDT Stockholm (SE), NEXT International Festival, 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. | Supported by Arts Centre BUDA, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Kone Foundation, Samuel Huberin Taidesäätiö, The Finnish Cultural Foundation.