Sonja Jokiniemi: Howl

Choreographer Sonja Jokiniemi takes over Studio K at Kiasma’s gallery space with her new performance project.

  • 8.8.–13.8.2019

A performance project by choreographer Sonja Jokiniemi is presented at Kiasma’s 2nd floor exhibition space.

Thu 8 Aug at 18:00
Fri 9 Aug  at 18:00
Sat 10 Aug at 15:00
Sun 11 Aug at 15:00
Tue 13 Aug at 15:00
Outside performing hours the audience is free to visit the space. Note! Studio K opens on Thu 8 August at 15:30 and will be closed on Tue 13 August at 16:15
Studio K, Kiasma’s 2nd floor

The performance is included in the museum ticket (15/13e)
NOTE! The audience is limited, please arrive on time. The performance is not suitable for children.

Choreographer Sonja Jokiniemi’s new work Howl is a transformable performance project and an exhibition space. Bodies of painting, sculpture and live performance mesh, gearing towards extended beings and hybrid bodies through interdependencies of human and non-human.

Howl is a calling upon connection beyond speech, towards another kind of speaking. In this work, textile lacing, drawing, inanimate and animate search towards a multitextural and sensual environment in which to speak in and with. They are searching for a fertility of language where textures, weight, liquid, and sound create a damp soil in which communicative tension resonates.

Working group

Sonja Jokiniemi 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.

Natalia Domínguez Rangel is living and working  between Amsterdam and Vienna since 2003. Graduated from her Master in Composition at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (2010). Winner of the music composition price “Tera de Marez Oyensprijs” (Amsterdam 2009). Dominguez Rangel’s music and sound work offers a varied mix of contemporary classical composition alongside electronic synthesis, field recordings, ambisonics, installations and performance. The versatility of her composition is exhibited by recent works across formats ranging from ensemble pieces, to sound installations.

Heikki Paasonen is a lighting designer based in Kiasma Theatre. He has worked as a designer in more than 60 professional theatre, dance and opera productions. In 2012 Paasonen won both the Säde award for “best lighting design in 2011” awarded by the Finnish Association of Lighting Designers, and the Finland-prize awarded by The Ministry of Education and Culture.


Choreography, visual works and performance: Sonja Jokiniemi
Performer in rehearsal: Maija Karhunen
Lighting and spatial design: Heikki Paasonen
Sound design: Natalia Dominguez Rangel
Dramaturgical dialogue: Elina Minn
Producer: Riikka Thitz
International distribution: Something Great (Berlin)
Supported by: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Kone Foundation, Samuel Huberin Taidesäätiö, The Finnish Cultural Foundation
Production: Art Centre Buda (BE), Be My Guest -network for emerging practices, Kiasma Theatre, MDT Stockholm (SE), NEXT International Festival, STUK – A House for Dance, Image and Sound (Leuven, BE)  in the framework of the Life Long BurningTowards a sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe project (2018-2022) supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Here You Are theme year

The theme of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma’s 2019 programme is goodness, with exhibitions and performances throughout the year exploring the ideas of giving, sharing, hospitality and encounters.

We will invite viewers to make art themselves and to experience first-hand its power to bring joy and inspiration. Goodness comes from action, and it thrives on sharing.