Photographs: Hmm © Timo Wright


In Hmm, Sonja Jokiniemi investigates playful language formation processes as linguistic actions: speech sounds, physicality, touch, repetition and accumulation. Instead of signifying, her language fumbles gropes around and makes noises, eventually forming a collage-like, chaotic, strangely musical whole.

Hmm is principally about search and disorder: the objects and the human figure set in the space engage in a dialogue and mutual exploration. Feeling her way, shuffling, stumbling through a world that seems to have no cohesion, a confusing universe in which objects and sounds seem to have no meaning, a narrative emerges.

Hmm explores the transition from chaos to order, from senselessness to meaning, from indiscriminate sound to language — an intimate, dependent, sensual, at times, violent and fragmentary experience of the universe.


Concept, direction & performance
Sonja Jokiniemi

Music composition
Natalia Dominguez Rangel

Visual design & dramaturgy
Miguel Angel Melgares

Light design
Katinka Marac

Janneke Raaphorst

Eastern Finland Regional Dance Centre, Frascati Theatre, Zodiak, Workspace Brussels 

Something Great 

With the support  
Dampfzentrale Bern
Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux
Les Urbaines
STUK Leuven

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