The workshop Objects, Language and the Body, conducted by Sonja Jokiniemi explores language in relation to objects, materials and experience. It opens up lacunas of non-definable, and creates situations where redefinition occurs. Sense-based exploration is used to investigate new kinds of connections with the environment and its material qualities. Course activities consist of exercises that focus on motion, sense, writing and objects, performed alone and in pairs. The workshop is suitable for everyone interested in objects, language, motion and the connections between them. It is based on the themes of Jokiniemi's upcoming performance Blab, premiering in Zodiak in November 2017.
Objects, Language and the Body (Part 2) is continuation of an initial workshop arranged in January 2017. The course is open for newcomers as well as students of the previous course.
Friday September 29th at 17-20, Saturday September 30th - Sunday October 1st at 10-16
Instructor: Sonja Jokiniemi
Place: Zodiak studio C4
Duration: 15 h
Participation fee: 125 e
Enrollment by September 14th.
More information on Zodiak's website.
Sonja Jokiniemi curated the spring issue of Liikekieli.com, a Finnish online magazine for dance.
The issue includes Jokiniemi's interview with Rodrigo Sobarzo, Anne Jämsä's text on Geyomg Jeong's work as well as texts by Kati Raatikainen, Jokiniemi and Mikko Niemistö.
Read the issue on Liikekieli.com (in Finnish).
The workshop given by Sonja Jokiniemi in Zodiak - Center for New Dance explores language in relation to objects, materials and experientiality. It opens up lacunas of something non-definable and builds situations where notions are redefined. Sense exploration is used as an instrument for mapping new kinds of connections to the environment and its materialities. The objective is to create multi-layered processes where meanings are generated through the individuality of each participant. Workshop activities consist of movement, sense, writing and object exercises done alone and in pairs. The workshop is suitable for everyone interested in objects, language and movement and the connections between them. It focuses on the themes of Sonja Jokiniemi's upcoming performance Blab, which premieres in Zodiak in November 2017.
Sign up for the course here.
Saturday 21 January at 10-14.30
Sunday 22 January at 10-14.30
Instructor: Sonja Jokiniemi
Location: Zodiak Studio C4
Duration: 2 sessions / 9 hours
Participation fee: 70 €
Enrolment by 8.1.
Cancellations by 13.1.
Availability is limited, so sign up in time! Welcome letters and invoices are sent to participants immediately after registration closes. Cancellations must be communicated no later than eight days before the course begins, by 4 pm the latest. With the exception of injuries and illnesses certified in writing by a doctor, cancellations made later than the deadline are subject to full course fee. Please check this course's last day of cancellation from above.
Please bring a receipt of your course payment to the first meeting of your course. Zodiak's courses and workshops can also be paid using pre-paid Liikuntaseteli and Kulttuuriseteli vouchers (Smartum Oy) as well as Virikeseteli vouchers (Edenred Oy).
For further inquiries, please contact Inari Pesonen at firstname.lastname@example.org or +358 50 412 7116 (weekdays from 11 am to 4 pm).
Excerpts from Sonja Jokiniemi's book PA A and an introduction to Without an alphabet project are included in the latest issue of the Australian Critical Path's bi-annual online publication Critical dialogues. The publication "Claiming spaces - Choreographers with disabilities redefining dance" can be read on Issuu.
Guillaume Rouleau spoke with Sonja Jokiniemi on July 28th as part of her performances in the [8:tension] Young Choreographers’ Series 2016 at ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival.
"Her solo Hmm shown at the Schauspielhaus on July 26th and 28th had a decor of wooden sticks, thick cellophane, a cardboard box and a triangle lying scattered all over the floor. Sonja Jokiniemi is standing in a beige leather suit when the public arrives. Flickering sounds are filling the space. Few elements produce a multitude of effects.
With these objects, Sonja Jokiniemi composes a cosmos on the scale of the theater. She associates them through tactile and vocal manipulations, talking to them, talking for them, in a linguistic performance, in which the language is a capacity to generate meanings and actions. A language that is sometimes hermetic, as the communication she establishes with the public. The spectator has to make the effort, if not to understand, then at least to be attentive to what slips from the ordered and defined language. Sonja Jokiniemi explores the borders of sonority, of meaning, of communication by numerous interjections, onomatopoeias, exclamations; sounds and gestures which have numerous significations but don’t call for any answer or reaction. The audience interprets these significations and the structures of language with pain, with joy, impatience and satisfaction. An experience brilliantly led by Sonja Jokiniemi which she accepted to discuss."
Sonja Jokiniemi gives a workshop at Eastern Finland Regional Dance Centre for professional performers and makers as well as all interested creative individuals. The workshop takes place on 8 and 9 September 2016 daily from 13:00 to 17:00.
In the workshop we will investigate embodied work with objects and materials, aiming towards intimacy and conversational drafts with the inanimate. We will also explore drawing as choreographic practice and develop our own performative, intimate languages through voice, movement and haptic practices. References for the workshop are Jokiniemi´s latest performances: Hmm (2015), TU (2015) and RRRRR (2016) as well as a beginning research for a new project Blab. My attempt is to build a multilingual and multidisclipinary working methodology based on the principle of dialogue and shared subjectivity.
Price: 40 / 30 euros (ITAK members, students, unemployed). Deadline for registrations 1 September.
Sign in for the workshop here.