Photographs: Howl © Johan Pijpos, Simo Karisalo

Howl


After the group piece BLAB, full of strange, creepy, fun, and sexual togetherness in her fifth work, Sonja Jokiniemi goes back to a self-performed solo. A vital point is always 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 robust personal discourse around alternative languages and new materialism, found in those stage objects real play partners, encouraging them 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 entirely 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 undoubtedly her most personal work to date.

"Jokiniemi's ambivalence to the objects around her is our own towards the ecosystem. We love and destroy nature, while still silent until it answers us in fires, melting ice and virus outbreaks. Jokiniemi touches on both intimate and big issues, both tenderly and violently. And us in the audience" - Peter Stenson



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

Production
Riikka Thitz


Co-production
Art Centre Buda
Kiasma Theatre 
MDT Stockholm
STUK 

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.


Distribution
Something Great