Camouflage workgroup

Camouflage, a new work by choreographer Sonya Lindfors and working group, examines the act of looking and the politics of the gaze.

Camouflage (Eng): 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.

camouflage, a new 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.

Premiere 19.10.2021 in Helsinki

Choreography and concept
Sonya Lindfors

Working group
Esete Sutinen, Julian Owusu, Johanna Karlberg, Riikka Lakea, Tony Sikström, Erno Aaltonen, Jussi Matikainen, Sanna Levo, Sonya Lindfors

Contributors to the process
Elisa Tuovinen, Lydia Östberg Diakité, Pauliina Sjöberg, Zen Jefferson

Production assistant
Tuure Kaukua, Riikka Lakea

Reykjavik Dance Festival / NREP ; MDT, Stockholm; Koneen Säätiö

MDT, Stockholm

Supported by
Arts Promotion Center, Finland, Svenska Kulturfonden, Nordic Culture Point

Tuukka Ervasti

Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Sonya Lindfors, UrbanApa, Culture centre Stoa

Upcoming dates
19.-23.10.2021 | Zodiak – center for new dance, Helsinki
26.-29.5.2022 | MDT Stockholm, SwedenBIOSonya Lindfors is a Cameroonian-Finnish choreographer, artistic director, facilitator and educator. She received a MA in choreography from the University of the Arts Helsinki in 2013. In the core of her work is the practice of shaking and challenging existing power structures and empowering communities.
Her time is divided between her own artistic work, educational work and working as the 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 creates and facilitates anti-racist and feminist platforms, where a festival, a performance, a publication or a workshop can operate as the site of empowerment and radical collective dreaming.
Lindfors makes her own and collaborative works such as performances, curated programs and performative actions. Her works have been shown and supported by Beursschouwburg, Kampnagel, Spring Utrecht, CODA – festival, Black Box Theater Oslo, Zodiak – Centre for New Dance among others. She is a member of Miracle Workers Collective that represented Finland at the 58th Venice Biennale.

Lindfors has been awarded The Finnish State Art prize for Dance (together with Anniina Jääskeläinen) in 2013, and Anti Festival International Prize for Live Art in 2018.WWW.SONYALINDFORS.COM