Sensuality, hybrids and the uncanny create an artistic world of discovery, divergence and liberation from binaries. In her group performance ÖH , Sonja Jokiniemi creates a multisensorial textile environment using handmade rugs as well as knotting and sewing techniques to bind together a sensorial logic as a choreographic proposition. This long duration haptic performance invites the audience to a non-linear logic of weaving meaning and contact. A catalogue of drawn images creates the subconsciousness of the work, where drawings sculpt the performers’ embodiment and weave into textile. Here colours narrate and textures dialogue. In ÖH , 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, while gearing towards a powerful metaphor for resistance and escape from categorization and limiting forms. The piece is this year’s co-production between Zodiak– Center for new dance and Moving in November. Sonja Jokiniemi presented her work BLAB in Moving in November 2017.
Sonja Jokiniemi was born in 1983. She is a choreographer, performer and self-taught visual artist. Jokiniemi graduated from DAS Theatre (previously DasArts) MA Degree programme in Performing Arts in Amsterdam 2013. Prior to this she has completed BA degree on Contemporary Dance at Laban Centre in London 2006 and taken part at Daghdha Mentoring programme in Limerick, Ireland. Jokiniemi’s works deal with creation of alternative and multi-textural languages, narrations and logics. She combines textile, drawing and live performance in her works that reach towards a mesh of human and non-human relationships, thinking images and speaking textures. Tactility and hapticity are important aspects in proposing ways of knowledge production. Besides her own artistic practice Jokiniemi co-curates the Bad House festival that is part of Mad House Helsinki, and works artisitically with a variety of different groups. Currently, she works and lives in Helsinki, Finland and Lausanne, Switzerland.
Tallberginkatu 1 A/154, 00180 Helsinki TUE 10.11.2020 at 19:00 WED 11.11.2020 at 19:00 FRI 13.11.2020 at 20:00 SAT 14.11.2020 at 15:00 TUE 17.11.2020 at 19:00 WED 18.11.2020 at 19:00 FRI 20.11.2020 at 19:00 SAT 21.11.2020 at 19:00 MON 23.11.2020 at 19:00 TUE 24.11.2020 at 19:00 Buy single tickets Sonja Jokiniemi’s Weaving textures and feelings workshop on 23.11. at Taidehalli. Registration opens on 12.10.2020. Safety guidelines
Performance and collaboration: Leila Kourkia, Marlon Moilanen, Herman Nyby, Maria Saivosalmi-Katinas, Tuuli Vahtola
Choreography and concept: Sonja Jokiniemi
Visual design: Heikki Paasonen and Sonja Jokiniemi
Sound design: Gil Schneider
Rya rugs: Aino Ojala, based on drawings by Sonja Jokiniemi
Producer: Riikka Thitz
Co-production: Moving in November festival (Helsinki, Finland), Zodiak – Center for New Dance (Helsinki, Finland), STUK – A House for Dance, Image and Sound (Leuven, Belgium) 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: Arts Centre BUDA (Belgium)
Supported by: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, TelepART Mobility Support
Photo: Katri Naukkarinen