Sonja Jokiniemi investigates the shaping of language in a playful way. She makes use of sounds, repetition and the physical aspect of language. Instead of giving meaning, she makes sounds and creates a chaotic musical entity. Starting from collaboration with autistic youths and people with special psychic qualities, she developed her own personal trip. It looks as if she’s shuffling and stumbling in a world without cohesion, where objects and sounds have no meaning. But suddenly, a story emerges. Hmm explores the transition from meaninglessness to meaning, from random sound to language.
Concept, direction & performance: Sonja Jokiniemi | Music composition: Natalia Dominguez Rangel | Visual design & dramaturgy: Miguel Angel Melgares | Lighting design: Katinka Marac | costume: Janneke Raaphorst | Co-production: Eastern Finland Regional Dance Centre, Frascati Theatre, Zodiak Centre for New Dance, Workspace Brussels | With the support of: Dampfzentrale, Finnish-Benelux Institute, Kutomo, Les Urbaines, STUK Kunstencentrum (Leuven), the Finnish Cultural Institute