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Noble Savage

Choreographer Lindfors, Sonya
First Performance 19.4.2016
Place of First Performance Pannuhalli, Cable Factory, Helsinki
Finnish premiere 19.4.2016
Place of Premiere Pannuhalli, Cable Factory, Helsinki
Style Contemporary Dance
Duration (min) 105
Scenography Aino Koski
Costume designer Sanna Levo
Lighting Designer Erno Aaltonen
Sound designer Jussi Matikainen
Performers of the premiere Dancers: Ima Iduozee, Esete Sutinen, Julian Awusu, Sonya Lindfors
Performers: Amira Khalifa, Deogracias Masomi, Erno Aaltonen, Jussi Matikainen
Other music Jussi Matikainen, Erno Aaltonen
Henry Purcell: The Indian Queen, Z.630. Prologue: Overture
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra & Erich Kuntzel: Colors of the Wind
Little Dragon: A New
Caribou: Can't Do Without You
Description Performance analyses the processes of otherness by creating a black stage where the ‘other’ is white.

The term noble savage dates back to the 17th century – yet the dominant media image of blackness as an exotic and fascinating yet also potentially threatening and untamed otherness is still alive and well.

The dramaturgical frame of the performance is the story of Pocahontas, a young princess who is kidnapped and taken to Europe. A further metalayer is formed by a roleplay of representations. Who is allowed to play whom, and how? Who is allowed to tell another story? Whose perspective is the story told from?

NOBLE SAVAGE is political because of its themes and the performers, a team of six Afro-Finnish artists consisting of Lindfors herself, actor/rapper Deogracias Masomi, actor Amira Khalifa and dance artists Ima Iduozee, Esete Sutinen and Julian Owusu.

Lindfors is a Helsinki-based choreographer whose aim is to shake existing power structures through her works. NOBLE SAVAGE is an instalment in a series of works focusing on blackness.
Other Information Directing, consept and text: Sonya Lindfors
Choregraphy: Sonya Lindfors and working group
Video design: Timo Wright, Laura Jantunen
Outsode eye: Maryan Abdulkarim
Dancers Lindfors, Sonya (2016)
Sutinen, Esete (2016)
Iduozee, Ima (2016)
Owusu, Julian (2016)