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Recording: 2022-11-06 , Tanzfabrik Berlin / Uferstudios (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Sonya Lindfors


FEMINIST FUTURES FESTIVAL | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Production Details / Press Releases

Camouflage (Engl.) : The use of any combination of materials, coloration or illumination for concealment, disguise, mimesis, simulation or falsification

Camouflage is a multilayered landscape where things are both revealed and covered. Under the variegated surface is a speculative (auto) fiction, where the Artist reveals their trick. But not everything is what it looks like.
This work by Sonya Lindfors and working group, examines the act of looking and the politics of the gaze. The stage has the potentiality to reveal and obscure, make things invisible or hypervisible. But how do we recognize what we see. What happens in that moment of recognition when you categorize something as “contemporary”, as “art” or as “Black”?

The work scats with ancestors, slips in meanings and dreams of the right to opacity.

Sonya Lindfors is a Cameroonian-Finnish choreographer, facilitator, and educator. She is the founding member and artistic director of UrbanApa, an antiracist and counterhegemonic arts community based in Helsinki. She received an MA in choreography from the Helsinki University of the Arts in 2013. At the core of her work is the practice of shaking and challenging existing power structures and empowering communities. Currently she is busy with speculative practices and decolonial dreaming.

Selma Kauppinen is a Helsinki-based freelance dancer and performer. She graduated as a dance artist from Tampere Conservatory in 2017, and since then she has worked diversely as a performing artist. Exploring communities and connections between people are her favorite themes in both science and art.

Esete Sutinen is a Helsinki-based freelance dance artist and works extensively as a dancer and performer at various intersections of dance, theater, performance and installation. Sutinen has worked in the Finnish dance field for almost 20 years.

Elisa Tuovila is a Helsinki-based dance artist / mediocre ICT student. In her artistic work, Elisa is interested in both __ and __ but also __ or.

Julian Owusu is a dance artist and dance teacher who’s artistic core lies in community building practices, pedagogy, Hip Hop, decolonial practices and reimagining. His workfield stretches from working with youth on the grassroot level to work in governmental positions and on boards.

Riikka Lakea is a Helsinki-based dance artist and performing arts producer. Performer- and process-oriented and site-specific practices are at the core of Lakea’s artistic work, alongside an ongoing research on more sustainable and inclusive working methods.

Johanna Karlberg is a Helsinki-based dance artist and instructor in free-time activities for people with intellectual disabilities. Her artistic practice focuses on questions around the phenomena performer and performing and on finding ways for the periphery to redefine what is in the center.


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Cast & Credits

Direction, Choreography, Concept: Sonya Lindfors
Sound Design: Jussi Matikainen, Tony Sikström
Light and spatial design: Erno Aaltonen
Costume design: Pauliina Sjöberg, Sanna Levo
Performers: Selma Kauppinen/Esete Sutinen, Johanna Karlberg, Julian Owusu, Riikka Lakea/Elisa Tuovila, Sonya Lindfors
Production: Zodiak – center for new dance, Sonya Lindfors, UrbanApa, Stoa

The project is funded by the by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, supported by the co-financing fund of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

The performance program of the Tanzfabrik Berlin is supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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