Sonja Jokiniemi: RRRRR

18.05.2016 - 21.05.2016

Premiere on Wed 18 May 7 pm, Performances Fri 20 May 7 pm and Sat 21 May 4 pm

Performance artist Sonja Jokiniemi’s most recent piece RRRRR investigates hallucinatory and illusory structures as choreographic starting points. Jokiniemi is interested in the schizophrenic aspects of our contemporary reality: a connected place where one loses meaning and  the world becomes a solitary disconnected experience.  The performance is a journey into multiple realities in which virtual reality, fetishistic relations, disjointed logic and language construct a series of confused truths and perplexity. Clangs, songs and derailed narrations are constructed between human, objects and ghost.

Direction, performance, text: Sonja Jokiniemi
Set designer and dramaturge: Miguel Angel Melgares
Sound designer: Natalia Dominguez Rangel
Light designer: Jenni Pystynen
Producer: Riikka Thitz
Co-production: Dampfzentrale Bern and Kiasma Theatre
Residency support: STUK Kunstencentrum, Arc Artist Residency, Arsenic Theatre and Les Urbaines
With support of: Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Kone Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland

Language: English
Duration: 60 minutes

Sonja Jokiniemi (b. 1983) is a Finnish performance artist and choreographer currently based in Helsinki, Finland. Jokiniemi graduated from DasArts Master of Theatre program in Amsterdam in 2013. Prior to DasArts, she completed a BA degree in Contemporary Dance and Choreography at Laban Centre, London in 2006 and has been part of Daghdha Mentoring program in Limerick, Ireland in 2008-2009. Jokiniemi makes solo performances, community-based art projects and drawn publications. Her latest soloworks are Hmm (2015)  and OH NO (2013) together with a book named Disastrous events.

Since 2014, Jokiniemi has worked with autistic young adults exploring subjective language systems under a project named Without an alphabet. From this process she has published a book called PA A and composed a duet performance work called TU (2015).

« My ongoing interest lies in cognitive processes, psycholinguistics and diverse perception practices. I want to explore those intimate expressions that are often set aside in our societies, languages that lack voice and space, bodily manifestations that don’t belong to the neuro-normative. For me it is important to form our most intimate expression in to a socially valid language. » – Sonja Jokiniemi

Sonja Jokiniemi’s work has been supported by STUK Leuven, Zodiak – Centre for New Dance, Dampfzentrale Bern, Kiasma Theatre, Workspace Brussels and Eastern Finland Regional Dance Centre.