Working intersectionally: a testimony
Sonya Lindfors is a Cameroonian-Finnish choreographer, facilitator, and educator. She received an MA in choreography from the Helsinki University of the Arts. Besides being an artist, she is also the co-founder and artistic director of UrbanApa, an inclusive and anti-racist art platform based in Helsinki. The core of her work aims to empower communities and challenge existing power structures. In her artistic work, this curiosity leads to research into a speculative and decolonised future. During Almost Summer, she tackles that topic in her performance Cosmic Latte.
In this lecture, Lindfors expands upon urgent themes from her research – themes that also inform the festival. Why is intersectionality so bloody difficult? How can speculative imagination bring about change in the world of theatre and performance? In an attempt to answer those questions, Lindfors allows for friction and fiction. She criticises the ghosts that still haunt our stages, but she also appreciates fiction as the medium for alternative stories. Participants are invited to engage at a level that is appropriate for them.
The session is feminist and anti-racist, please check out the ethical guidelines of the UrbanApa platform.
This project is part of the European programme apap – FEMINIST FUTURES, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union