Sonja Jokiniemi is a performance artist and choreographer currently based in Helsinki, Finland. She makes transdisciplinary work with research interests in thing ecologies, language and thinking, neuro and psychodiversity. She is interested in subjective inner worlds that unfold patterns of larger sociopolitical structures. Her attention on stage is in deviant, disobedient and intimate practices. Her educational background is in contemporary dance, choreography and performance. She is also self-taught in drawing and has an early background in classical music. Her interest in language, harmony and rhythm stems from this basis.
Jokiniemi graduated from DAS Theatre (previously DasArts) MA Degree programme in Performing Arts in Amsterdam 2013. Prior to this she has completed BA degree on Contemporary Dance at Laban Centre in London 2006 and taken part at Daghdha Mentoring programme in Limerick, Ireland. Sonja Jokiniemi’s work has been supported by STUK – House for Dance, Image & Sound, Zodiak – Centre for New Dance, Dampfzentrale Bern, Kiasma Theatre, Workspace Brussels, Eastern Finland Regional Dance Centre. Jokiniemi has been awarded a one-year artist grant by Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) for 2017.