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Sonya Lindfors One Drop


Sonya Lindfors One Drop

FR 18.10 20:30 + talk
SA 19.10 20:30

Confronting the echoes of the 'one drop' rhythm and the 'one drop rule' with power, anti-racist love and resistance.


in English
105 min.

'One Drop' is a speculative summoning, a decolonial dream, an autopsy of the Western stage, and an operetta. Slipping in meanings and leaking through different categories, the work dives into the poetics and politics of relations, creating a stage that awakens the ghosts and connections lost or forgotten.

The work's title refers to two frameworks: the "one drop" rhythm, a reggae-style drum beat, and the "one drop rule" of the Race Separation Act in the United States from the early 1900s. According to this rule, a single drop of “Black blood” made a person “Black” despite their appearance. Through these starting points, the work interrogates the ghosts of the Western stage and its entanglements with capitalism, coloniality, and modernity.

'One Drop' continues Sonya Lindfors' series of works dealing with power, representation, and Black body politics. This is the second time Sonya presents at Beursschouwburg, following 'Cosmic Latte' in 2019.


Sonya Lindfors is a choreographer and artistic director of Cameroonian-Finnish descent, known for her work in facilitating, community organizing, and education. Her works address themes of Blackness, representation, power structures, and decolonial dreaming. Lindfors balances her artistic endeavours with her roles in education, consistently advocating for anti-racist and feminist platforms that empower and enable radical collective dreaming.


Choreography & directing: Sonya Lindfors
Original group of performers: Antonia Atarah, Hamis Ahmed, Nori Kin, Alma Bø Getachew, Mariama Slåttøy, Geoffrey Erista, Isabella Shaw
Performers on tour 2024: Isabella Shaw, Miranda Chambers, Selina Jones, Alen Nsambu, Maele Sabuni, Deogracias Masomi, Marlon Moilanen
Sound design: Jussi Matikainen
Light design: Erno Aaltonen
Set design: Aino Koski
Costume design: Sanna Levo
Choreographer’s assistant: Janina Salmela
Costume assistant: Angel Emmanuel
Rehearsal assistant & choreographic support: Johanna Karlberg
Sound designers assistant: Timo Tikka
Seamstress: Elina Tuomisto
Contributors to the process: Ornilia Ubisse, Judith Arupa, Alen Nsambu, Johanna Karlberg, Jaakko Pallasvuo
Dramaturgical support: Jaakko Pallasvuo
Libretto: Sonya Lindfors
Other texts: Sonya Lindfors & working group
Production: UTT ry and Sonya Lindfors
Co-production: Zodiak - center for new dance, Goethe-Institut (International Coproduction Fund), Big Pulse Dance Alliance (a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union), Dance Umbrella, Julidans, Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux,  Apap – FEMINIST FUTURES (a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union), Beursschouwburg 
Residencies: Tanzfabrik berlin, KWP Kunstenwerkplaats, Buda Kortrijk, Beursschouwburg
Supported by Koneen Säätiö, Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, Alfred Kordelinin säätiö, Nordic Culture Point
Pictures & trailer: Tuukka Ervasti 

With the support of the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux as part of the pARTir initiative funded by the European Union - NextGenerationEU.