Uferstudios 5
Badstr. 41A, Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin
Photo: Tuukka Ervasti


Performance by Sonya Lindfors

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.

↪ AFTER TALK on Saturday 5th
Right to opacity & situating the Nordic Blackness – how words make worlds
After the performance Sonya Lindfors and her working group will have a short after talk diving to the topic of the right to opacity, politics of the gaze and the power of words: Can Black Artists escape their own marginalized position? What is the freedom of art from the point of view of underrepresented artists?

↪ AFTERCARE for BIPOC on Sunday 6th
As a part of an attempt to host more intersectional spaces, we offer a time for sharing and reflection, meeting and greeting after the performance.

Sonya Lindfors

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. www.sonyalindfors.com  www.urbanapa.fi
Duration: 90 minutes
Tickets: pay what you can (10€ / 15€ / 20€ / 25€)
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.


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.