Performance archive 2016 Sonya Lindfors: NOBLE SAVAGE
NOBLE SAVAGE, a new performance by Sonya Lindfors, 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.