Sonja Jokiniemi (1983) is a choreographer, performer and self-taught visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. She makes transdisciplinary work with research interests in thing ecologies, language and thinking structures, neuro and psychodiversity. She often works with objects, materials and drawings as collaborators on stage.
Her participatory projects within the social sector and studies in Expressive arts therapy intertwine with her interest on stage that claims space for intimacy, sincerity and broadening ideas of norms.
Jokiniemi graduated from DAS Theatre (previously DasArts) MA Degree programme in Performing Arts in Amsterdam 2013. Prior to this she has completed BA degree on Contemporary Dance at Laban Centre in London 2006 and taken part at Daghdha Mentoring programme in Limerick, Ireland.
Sonja Jokiniemi's work has been supported by STUK - House for Dance, Image & Sound, Zodiak - Centre for New Dance, Dampfzentrale Bern, Kiasma Theatre, Workspace Brussels, Moving in November festival, Veem House for Performance, and Regional Dance Centre of Eastern Finland.
Jokiniemi has been awarded two grants by Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike): a one-year artist grant for 2017 and a three-year artist grant for 2018-20.
Between 2018-2020 Jokiniemi will be working in collaboration with STUK - House for Dance, Image & Sound (Leuven) 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.
"We have gotten tired of been manipulated. Storytelling implied by The Society of the Spectacle is everywhere: from cellphone marketing to political strategies via healthcare products, TV series or war justifications. At a critical moment where artificial intelligences are more and more used in those efficient technics, cleverly, many artists have understood that their main values do not reside in their challenged narrative skills but in the urgency they have in building their own sensible, complexe yet unmanipulated version of those topics.
Sonja Jokiniemi’s odd world is an utopia. Against growing normalisation and soft fascism, she proposes a very personal version of counterculture, where the inhibited, different, unvoiced side of each one of us would be seen as optimistic hope for revolution. Inspired by her collaborations with so called asocial, disabled or psychotic individuals - who she would prefer to describe as overgifted bearers of alternative creation technics - her playful performances set up intimate new explorations of semantics, vocabulary and thinking."
- Patrick de Rham, Director, Les Urbaines
Sonja Jokiniemi - jokiniemisonja @ gmail.com
Rui Silveira / Something Great, International distribution - rui @ somethinggreat.de
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