Radical utopian dreams about a community future.
“The possible has been tried and failed. Now it’s time to try the impossible!” – Sun Ra
We Should All Be Dreaming focuses on the radical potential of dreams as both a healing and a subversive practice. Finnish choreographer and director Sonya Lindfors has a simple suggestion: we should all have to dream in a fundamental, utopian way about a communal future.
In order to turn this dream into reality, you can take part in this almost therapeutic session. We Should All Be Dreaming is somewhere between a choreographed get-together, a performance and a lecture. You are cordially invited to spend time together, listen together and dream together.
WSABD is not just a struggle in a sombre reality of society, but functions as a gentle countermovement: by creating space to truly live together.
WSABD is a collaboration between Sonya Lindfors and writer/activist Maryan Abdulkarim, both of whom are interested in radical utopian and decolonizing practices. Sonya Lindfors (b.1985, lives in Helsinki) creates musicals, performances, street dance, contemporary dance and so on. She is artistic leader at UrbanApa, a platform for new artistic practices. She is currently working on the theme of blackness and is shaking the white stage awake. Maryan Abdulkarim is a writer and activist engaged with themes linked to freedom.
concept by: Sonya Lindfors and Maryan Abdulkarim, working group: Sonya Lindfors, Maryan Abdulkarim, Roy Boswell, Erno Aaltonen, David Muoz, co-producers: Spring Utrecht festival, Baltic Circle festival, Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, supported by: Kone Foundation, Arts Promotion Center Finland, Zodiak Center for New Dance, The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation
SPRING Festival Utrecht, 17-26 May 2018
Beursschouwburg, 13 October 2018
Baltic Circle Festival, 13 & 16 November 2018
The project is part of the Go-commission series of The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux to support the creation of new works. Go-commission is made possible through the support of the Jenny and Antti Wihuri foundation.
Prolific entrepreneur and senior advisor Risto Kuulasmaa has been chosen as the Institute’s new consultant in the Netherlands for autumn-spring 2018-2019
This summer, BOZAR centre for fine arts opens an exhibition together with artist-run galleries from across Europe. Jaakko Pallasvuo & Viktor Timofeev are represented by the Brussels-based Komplot gallery.
Kaarina Kaikkonen is creating a new work called If I had Wings – Social Elevator in the Marolles neighbourhood of Brussels.
The Musiqu’3 Festival is presenting a wide range of Finnish musicians this summer as part of this year’s Nordic Vibes theme. The three-day festival, which takes place at the end of June and the beginning of July, will feature music by leading Finnish artists as well as Finnish musicians who are in the early stages of their international career.
Established in 2011, the festival has from its inception placed an emphasis on bringing classical music to a broad, young and as diverse as possible audience. The festival organisers take pride in their openness and willingness to experiment and aim to present a rich pallet of musical genres. The festival features choral music, folk music, world music, jazz and even rock sounds.
The TelepART platform was launched in the spring of 2016 with the aim to promote exchange between Finland and the Benelux countries in the performing arts field. In May 2017, the Finnish Institute in London joined the programme, making it possible for artists from Great Britain and Ireland to apply for TelepART funding.
Wednesday 24 January will see the TelepART programme expanding even further when the Finnish Institute in Hungary ‘FinnAgora’, the Finnish Institute in Germany and the Finnish Institute in Estonia join the programme.
Kati Laakso moves to Brussels from the Finnish Institute in Japan where she was the Culture and Communications Manager. Laakso has, amongst others, previously worked as a consultant for cultural and creative activities at the Consulate General of Finland in New York and as coordinator of international media relations and satellite projects for the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project.