Photographs : Rehearsals ÖH © Katri Naukkarinen
Artist: Sonja Jokiniemi
Type: Performance / Mixed Media
Year of creation: 2020
In her new group performance ÖH , Finish artist Sonja Jokiniemi creates a multisensorial textile environment using handmade rugs as well as knotting and sewing techniques to bind together a sensorial logic as a choreographic proposition. This long duration haptic performance invites the audience to a non-linear logic of weaving meaning and contact. A catalogue of drawn images creates the subconsciousness of the work, where drawings sculpt the performers’ embodiment and weave into textile. Here colours narrate and textures dialogue. In ÖH , Jokiniemi searches between human and non-human beings for a space where the naive, intimate, surreal and unknown touch each other, a space for beauty that stands alone alongside mainstream aesthetics, while gearing towards a powerful metaphor for resistance and escape from categorization and limiting forms.
Choreography, visuals, concept
Leila Kourkia, Marlon Moilanen, Herman Nyby, Maria Saivosalmi-Katinas, Tuuli Vahtola
Space and light design
Co-production Moving in November (Helsinki, Finland), Zodiak – Center for New Dance (Helsinki, Finland), STUK – A House for Dance, Image and Sound (Leuven, Belgium) in the framework of the 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.
Arts Promotion Centre Finland, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, TelepART Mobility Support