Mon 12 April 11:00 BST/12:00 CET
12 April 11:00 BST/12:00 CET – 26 April 18:00 GMT/19:00 CET
Sonya is sharing her ongoing practice, Soft Variations ONLINE. This is an ongoing project and archive that emerged from the three needs: The need to create spaces for collective thinking, dreaming, healing for BIPOC, the need to document and archive our stories, our thoughts, our expression as we see it. And then the need to interrogate the notion of neutrality and neutral/pedestrian bodies both in the context of contemporary art as well as in our daily lives.
In addition, you get access to the text Afrofuturistic dreams – Soft steps towards revolution written by Sonya Lindfors and Maryan Abdulkarim
SOFT VARIATIONS is an ongoing archive: www.softvariations.com
Afrofuturistic dreams – Soft steps towards revolution by Sonya Lindfors and Maryan Abdulkarim
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Sonya Lindfors (1985) is a Helsinki-based choreographer and artistic director that also works with facilitating, community organizing and education. In 2013 she received a MA in choreography from the University of the Arts Helsinki.
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. UrbanApa facilitates workshops, festivals, labs, mentoring and publications among other things.
Lindfors makes her own and collaborative works such as performances, curated programs and performative actions. Her performance works have been shown and supported by Beursschouwburg, Bora Bora, Århus, Zodiak – Centre for New Dance, Jojo- Oulu center for dance, Cyprus Dance Festival, Fullmoon Dance Festival, Tampere Theater Festival among others.
Lindfors’s recent stage works We Should All Be Dreaming ( 2018), COSMIC LATTE (2018), Soft Variations (2019) centralize questions around blackness and otherness, black body politics, representation and decolonial dreaming practices. On a larger scale Lindfors’s time is divided between her own artistic work , educational work and working as the artistic director of UrbanApa. In all her positions she pursues creating and facilitating 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 has been awarded with several prizes, the latest of which being the international Live art Anti Prize 2018. During the season 2017 – 2018 Lindfors was the house choreographer for Zodiak – center for new dance.