Beursschouwburg: Sonja Jokiniemi

Photograph of a nude person crawling on the floor towards some colourful props.
© Petri Virtanen

Sonja Jokiniemi‘s new performance Blab is built around the concept of blabbing: the associative, potentially senseless, sometimes spontaneous, clumpy, not-knowing form of speech. With this new work, Jokiniemi continues to explore the chaotic experience of the world and how meaning is established. The mind of the performance is built on a foundation of linguistic indefinability, senses, desires and reflexes; where the human is part of the non-human. Different bodies find each other as extensions, parallel connections and expansions. The essence of the work is shaped by the collaboration and relations between the elements. Blab is a hybrid performance, a blend of painting, sculpture and choreography. It seeks to escape the world of categories and knowingness towards the unknown; towards unions of human and object, images and rituals of desire. The unknown manifests itself in the transforming sculpture, the essence of which charts the subconscious territory.

Concept, choreography and visualization: Sonja Jokiniemi MA in Theatre

Performer: Ivo Serra MA Solo Dance and Authorship

Performer: Mira Kautto MA in Contemporary Dance

Performer: Sara Gurevitsch Bachelor of Dance

Lighting designer: Kristian Palmu MA in Theatre Arts (Lighting design)

Sonja Jokiniemi (1983) is a performance artist and choreographer currently based in Helsinki, Finland. She makes transdisciplinary work with research interests in thing ecologies, language and thinking, neuro and psycho-diversity. She is interested in subjective inner worlds that unfold patterns of larger socio-political structures. Her attention on stage is on deviant, disobedient and intimate practices. Her educational background is in contemporary dance, choreography and performance. Jokiniemi has completed a MA degree from DAS Theatre in Amsterdam and a BA degree on Contemporary Dance at Laban Centre in London.

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