Sonja Jokiniemi (FI)
Sonja Jokiniemi (1983) is a choreographer, performer and self-taught visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. She makes transdisciplinary work with research interests in thing ecologies, language and thinking structures, neuro and psychodiversity. She often works with objects, materials and drawings as collaborators on stage.
Her participatory projects within the social sector and studies in Expressive arts therapy intertwine with her interest on stage that claims space for intimacy, sincerity and broadening ideas of norms.
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.
Sonja's previous performance Blab was shown in BUDA, during NEXT festival in 2017.
Sonja Jokiniemi (FI): Howl
Choreographer Sonja Jokiniemi's new work Howl is a performance project and an exhibition. Bodies of painting, sculpture and live performance mesh with each other and gear towards extended beings and hybrid bodies through interdependencies of human and non-human.
The work consists of multiple short pieces as moving paintings where sounds touch, and textures speak, referring to drawing works by Jokiniemi. Duet format explored together with dance artist Maija Karhunen is a kind of re-wording of language through the unfolding of multitextural bodies.