Photo: Janne Mikkilä

Choreographer Sonya Lindfors won internationally distinguished ANTI Live Art prize!

Choreographer Sonya Lindfors won the international ANTI -festival’s Live Art Award in September!

The world's only International Prize for Live Art is 30,000 euros, making it one of the most significant cultural prizes in the arts. The winning artist receives a cash prize of 15,000 euros and the same amount in the form of a production grant for bringing a new work to the ANTI Festival in 2019. 

This year the international jury was chaired by one of the most influential philosophers of our time, Jacques Rancière (France). He is known for his writing on aesthetics, politics, emancipation, equality, art and knowledge. Other jury members were Eisa Jocson (Philippines) and Lois Keidan (United Kingdom). Keidan, for whom this was already second year in this jury, is co-founder of the London Live Art Development Agency. Renowned Filipino artist Eisa Jocson, who also visited Moving in November -festival this year, works with fine arts and choreography, looking into the labor and representations of the dancing body.

The jury describes Lindfors’s live works, interventions to public and literal space and contribution to public dialog to have created urgent set of questions around who speaks and to whom.

”Lindfors’ choreographic practice produces interrogative space, dialogic space, an embodied black space, that deeply and purposely problematizes expectations. The impulse of her performance work and the bodies found there, hidden, revealed and playfully evoked challenge our sense of ‘the canon’; what other histories and trajectories run through this space and which do not, which haven’t featured – what voices, what bodies, remain missing?”

You can read the hole statement at the Live art prize website and more about the festival at the festival website.  

You can follow Lindfors's work from her website. Her most resent live works are Cosmic Latte, that was third part to a trilogy around thematics of blackness, premier in Zodiak - Center for New Dance in Helsinki, Soft Variations that premiered in Schwindelfrei Festival, Mannheim and a lecture-performance We Should All Be Dreaming that was made in collaboration with activist Maryan Abdulkarim, premierer in Spring Utrech Festival. She is also the artistic director of the UrbanApa Festival that she is also a co-founder to. 

Yle (Finnish national news) wrote an article about the prize 3.10. in finnish. You find it here.