something like this is a performance that looks at the possibilities of the stage and hip-hop culture to serve as a platform for telling diverse stories, taking over space, empowerment and communality. In this work aimed at young people, four street dance background performers meet on stage. A rich whole is built from a simple starting point, where the scenes are constructed in front of the viewers' eyes. Performers from diverse backgrounds dance, tell stories and have fun - together. There is room for many kinds of stories on this stage.
something like this turns the stage into a dance floor where many different stories, identities and ways of doing things can meet. Together with the viewers, the work asks: How should a performance be viewed or experienced, how does dance or movement move from one body to another, what kinds of things can be told through dance or movement? What is a communal dramaturgy like?
Sonya Lindfors (she/her) is a Cameroonian – Finnish choreographer and artistic director that also works with facilitating, community organising and education. She is the founding member and Artistic Director of UrbanApa, an inter-disciplinary and counter hegemonic arts community that offers a platform for new discourses and feminist art practices.
In all her positions she pursues creating and facilitating decolonial and feminist platforms, where a performance, a festival, a publication or a workshop can operate as the site of empowerment, decolonial speculative practices and radical collective dreaming. Lindfors has been awarded with several prizes, the latest of which being the state prize for public information in 2022 and the international Live art Anti Prize 2018.
- Concept and Direction Sonya Lindfors
- Choreography Sonya Lindfors & working group
- Sound Design Sebastian Kurtén
- Lighting Design Erno Aaltonen
- Performer Sophia Wekesa, Akim Bakhtaoui, Ramona Panula and Linda Ilves
- Production Zodiak - Center for New Dance, in the framework of the Zodiak Youth project
- Supporters Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation
- Premiere year 2023
- Duration 40
- Audience Adults, 14+