ONE DROP is a speculative summoning, a decolonial dream, an autopsy of the Western stage and an operetta. It continues Sonya Lindfors’ series of works dealing with power, representation and Black body politics.

Slipping in meanings, leaking through different categories the work dives into the poetics and politics of relations, creating a stage that awakens the ghosts, connections lost or forgotten.

The title of the work refers to two separate frameworks; the one drop rhythm which is a reggae style drum beat as well as to the one drop rule of the Race Separation Act, created in the United States in the early 1900s, according to which a single drop of “Black blood” made a person “Black” despite their appearance. Through its multiple starting points the work interrogates the ghosts of the Western stage and its entanglements and relationalities to capitalism, coloniality and modernity.

ONE DROP continues Lindfors’ series of works dealing with power, representation and Black body politics.


Make-Up And Hair: Jessica Picasso
Lighting: Eero Alava, Erno Aaltonen
Camera & Editing: Sinem Kayacan
Music: Jussi Matikainen



Choreography & directing: Sonya Lindfors
Antonia Atarah, Hamis Ahmed, Nori Kin, Alma Bø Getachew, Mariama Slåttøy, Geoffrey Erista, Isabella Shaw
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 process
: Alen Nsambu, Ornilia Ubisse, Judith Arupa
Dramaturgical support: Jaakko Pallasvuo
Libretto: Sonya Lindfors
Other texts: Sonya Lindfors & working group
Production: UTT ry and Sonya Lindfors
: Big Pulse Dance Alliance (Zodiak – Centre for New Dance / FI, Dance Umbrella / UK, Julidans/NL), Goethe-Institut (International Coproduction Fund), Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Apap – FEMINIST FUTURES (a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union), Beursschouwbourg
: Tanzfabrik berlin, KWP Kunstenwerkplaats, Buda Kortrijk, Beursschouwbourg
Supported by
: Kone Foundation, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Nordic Culture Point


Big Pulse Dance Alliance is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

EU Creative Europe logo     Big Pulse Dance Alliance