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Sonja Jokiniemi: Blab

Sonja Jokiniemi: Blab

Photo: Simo Karisalo

Photo: Simo Karisalo


Sonja Jokiniemi’s new work Blab is a hybrid performance, a blend of painting, sculpture and choreography. It seeks to escape the world of categories towards the unknowns; towards unions and blurs of humans and objects, extensions and expansions of different bodies, penetrations of forms and acts of desire. The work unfolds itself in the transforming multisensorial sculpture, the essence of which charts a subconscious territory. The mind of the performance is built on a foundation of linguistic indefinability, senses and reflexes. The work explores lumpy, tangled thought processes that have neither beginning nor an end.

The power of this performance is elusiveness, the inherent queerness, which does not allow itself to be in any way ‘accommodated’ or silenced by linguistic categories.

Elke Huybrechts / Etcetera 27.11.2017

Blab is a poetic parade, a moving three-dimensional painting

Fransien van der Putt / Theaterkrant 21.12.2017

Sonja Jokiniemi's new work captures the beauty of blabbing - Blab is like a living sculpture

Maria Säkö / Helsingin Sanomat 8.11.2017


Concept, choreography and visualization: Sonja Jokiniemi
Performers: Ivo Serra, Mira Kautto, Sara Gurevitsch
Lighting design: Heikki Paasonen
Textiles made in collaboration with Janina Silvennoinen
Producer: Riikka Thitz
Co-production: Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Moving in November festival, Regional Dance Centre of Eastern Finland (ITAK), Veem House for Performance
Residency support: Arsenic Theatre, Regional Dance Centre of Eastern Finland (ITAK), ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival, Pianofabriek Kunstenwerkplaats, STUK – House for Dance, Image & Sound, wpZimmer
With support of: Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike), Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Samuel Huberin Taidesäätiö

Photos: Simo Karisalo

Premiere: 3.11.2017 in Zodiak - Center for New Dance / Moving in November festival, Helsinki