Photographs: Hmm © Timo Wright

Hmm


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.


CREDITS

Concept, direction & performance
Sonja Jokiniemi

Music composition
Natalia Dominguez Rangel

Visual design & dramaturgy
Miguel Angel Melgares

Light design
Katinka Marac


Costume
Janneke Raaphorst

Co-production
Eastern Finland Regional Dance Centre, Frascati Theatre, Zodiak, Workspace Brussels 


Distribution
Something Great 

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