In her new group performance ÖH Sonja Jokiniemi creates a multisensorial textile environment using handmade rugs as well as knotting and sewing techniques, in order to bind together a sensorial logic as a choreographic proposition. Here colours narrate and textures dialogue.
In ÖH, sensuality, hybrids and the uncanny create an artistic world of discovery, divergence and liberation from binaries. 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.
A catalogue of drawn images think the subconscious of the work, where drawings sculpt the performers’ embodiment and weave into textile. This is a long duration haptic performance that invites the audience to non-linear logic of weaving meaning and contact.
Sonja Jokiniemi is a choreographer, performer and visual artist. Her works deal with creation of alternative and multitextural languages, narrations and logics. She combines textile, drawing and live performance in her works that reach towards a mesh of human and non-human relationships, thinking images and speaking textures. Tactility and hapticity are important aspects in proposing ways of knowledge production.
Choreography and visual works: Sonja Jokiniemi
Performance: Leila Kourkia, Marlon Moilanen, Herman Nyby, Maria Saivosalmi-Katinas, Tuuli Vahtola
Space and light design: Heikki Paasonen
Sound design: Gil Schneider
Producer: Riikka Thitz
Assistant (textiles): Aino Ojala
Co-production: Zodiak (Helsinki, FI), Moving in November festival (Helsinki, FI), STUK – A House for Dance, Image and Sound (Leuven, BE) 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.
Residencies: Arts Centre BUDA (BE)
International distribution: Something Great (Berlin)
Supported by: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, TelepART Mobility Support
Photos: Sonja Jokiniemi