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Howl


In her fifth work, after the group piece BLAB, full of strange, creepy and fun sexual togetherness, Sonja Jokiniemi goes back to a self performed solo. As always, a strong point is made in the interaction with objects on stage, inspired by her Eastern Finland roots: lichen, wood, clay, knife. Two big black and white drawings and some laced textiles hang from the ceiling. The audience is sitting around the performer.

In the previous works, Jokiniemi, developing a strong personal discourse around alternative languages and new materialism, was finding in those stage objects real play partners, encouraging the audience to consider their presence with the same intensity as human performers. In Howl, the constructive dialogue is for the first time failing: inability, frustration and fear seem to take the lead, allowing the performance artist to let progressively but fully go the civilized part of this human to object relationship, destroying the ideas of normality, civilization, canalized sexuality and constructed intelligence, leading the audience to a new pallet of sensitive, psychoanalytic and carnal questions about the ecosystem. Deeply moving, sexual, violent and sad, Howl is surely her most intimate work to date.



CREDITS 

Choreography, visual works & performer
Sonja Jokiniemi

Lighting and spatial design

Heikki Paasonen

Sound design

Natalia Dominguez Rangel

Dramaturgical dialogue

Elina Minn

Performer in rehearsal 
Maija Karhunen#

Glass blowing
Karl Alakoski / Mafka & Alalkoski Oy 

Headdress 
in collaboration with Valenti Silvennoinen

Creative Producer

Riikka Thitz


Touring Producer
Something Great 

Co-production

Art Centre Buda ( Kortrijk - BE)
Kiasma Theatre (Helsinki - FI)
MDT Stockholm (Stockholm - SE)
STUK (Leuven, BE)

in the framework of  
Be My Guest - network for emerging practices and Life Long Burning – Towards a sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe project (2018-2022) supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.