In the famous Cyborg Manifesto by Donna Haraway a human being is always a combination of organism and machine. According to the Finnish choreographer Sonja Jokiniemi, that’s why we can also investigate relationships and intimacy in lifeless material. The newest work of Jokiniemi is a performance and an exhibition in one. Howl merges bodies from painting, sculpture and live performance and thus examines a love that goes further than Man.
Jokiniemi searches between human and non-human beings for a space where the naive, intimate, surreal and unknown touch each other, a space for beauty that stands alone alongside mainstream aesthetics and that resists all boundaries. The result is a powerful metaphor for resistance and escape from all categorization and limiting forms.
- 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.