Past Projects (2021-22)

Feminist futures – Towards antiracist and intersectional stages

Feminist Futures empowers and raises visibility to the works of Cameroonian-Finnish dance artist Sonya Lindfors and Somalian-Finnish artist Maryan Abdulkarim. Eight European organisations of varying sizes make up the collaboration seeking to turn their Perform Europe partnership into an alternative performance network across Europe. They include – Sonya Lindfors – UTT ry (Finland), Rosendal International Theatre (Norway), RE:LOCATIONS – Digital festival by WILDTOPIA ApS (Denmark), CODA Oslo International Dance Festival (Norway), Oyoun Kultur NeuDenken gUG (Germany), LIFT Festival (UK), Independent Dance (UK), and H2DANCE/Fest en Fest (UK).

Feminist Futures reflects a diverse, BIPOC, women-centered partnership innovating practices for the future. Their long-term strategic aim is to platform and promote together queer, feminist, decolonial, migrant and human-centered artist-led initiatives across Europe.

Both artists focus on questions around Blackness and Black body politics, feminism, representation and power structures, speculative futurities and decolonial dreaming practices.

Feminist Futures also reimagines the link between solidarity and fair collaboration models directly linking the well-being of the artist to a slower, sustainable model, providing space and time to connect to local artists and audiences. By doing so, the artistic work becomes deeply embedded in the local community.


With the live locations being 1000km from the artist’s base in Helsinki, ecological concerns have also been taken into account and mitigated through carbon offsetting, reducing team sizes to a minimum, and reusing and recycling wherever possible.

Besides the live presentations, the partnership is innovating how they reach audiences that have limited access to live arts (money, location, backgrounds and experiences, accessibility of arts spaces) by using the digital works of the artist in their digital presentations.


Collaboration beyond Perform Europe is already in the works planned for Autumn 2022.



We Should All Be Dreaming
Producers: Sonya Lindfors and Maryan Abdulkarim, Finland
We Should All Be Dreaming focuses on the radical potential of dreaming as a restorative and subversive practice. It comes with a straightforward suggestion: we should all be dreaming radical utopian dreams of common futures. Situating itself somewhere between a collective think tank, choreographed gathering, a performance, and a lecture, the project gently invites the participants to spend time together, listen together and dream together.
Cosmic Latte (Film)
Producers: Sonya Lindfors, Finland
Sonya Lindfors’ Cosmic Latte plays with the idea of an utopian future where present, future, and past are present in a boundless, mysterious in-between space. The logic of our thinking has changed, black and white are no longer opposites, but contain one another. The borders are malleable and the meanings mix with each other like liquids. Afrofuturism, contemporary art, West African cosmologies, Sun Ra, and Bach coexist on a stage that is porous, diverse, and beige.
Photo credits

Uwa Iduozee and Erenest Protasiewicz

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