© Simo Karisalo


Artist: Sonja Jokiniemi
Country: Finland
Genre: Dance / Performance
Year of creation: 2017

Sonja Jokiniemi’s Blab is a hybrid performance, a blend of painting, sculpture and choreography that seeks to escape the world of categories, heading towards the unknown. 'Blab' literally means jabber, foolish or mindless talk. Finnish dancer and choreographer Sonja Jokiniemi goes in search of where language fails us and mankind is part of something inhuman. She wants to think outside categories and wend her way towards the unknown: where the human and the thing become one. On stage, we see three bodies in motion, seeking out one another and their surroundings as complements or as partners in dialogue. In a meticulously clever scenography, bodies remain suspended somewhere in between sculpture, painting and the performing arts.


Concept, choreography and visualization 
Sonja Jokiniemi 

Ivo Serra
Mira Kautto
Sara Gurevitsch 

Lighting design
Heikki Paasonen 

Textiles made in collaboration with 
Janina Silvennoinen 

Riikka Thitz 

Something Great

Zodiak – Center for New Dance (FI)
Moving in November festival (FI)
Regional Dance Centre of Eastern Finland - ITAK (FI)
Veem House for Performance (NL) 

Residency support  
Arsenic (CH)
Regional Dance Centre of Eastern Finland - ITAK (FI)
ImPulsTanz (AT)
Pianofabriek (BE)
wpZimmer (BE)

with support
Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation
Samuel Huberin Taidesäätiö