Performing arts

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Sonya Lindfors (1985) is a Helsinki based choreographer and artistic director. She has been working as a freelancer on the Finnish dance field since 2001. Lindfors has a vast working experience ranging from musicals, street dance and commercial work to music videos. In 2013 she received a MA in choreography from the Theater Academy of Helsinki.

Nowadays Sonya’s focus is in her own artistic work in the fields of contemporary dance and theater. She is also the founder and producing artistic director of UrbanApa – arts platform (www.urbanapa.fi) that offers a platform new artistic practices

Lindfors makes her own and collaborative works for example performances, curated programs and performative actions. Her performance works have been shown and supported by in Bora Bora, Århus, Zodiak – Centre for New Dance, Jojo- Oulu center for dance, Cyprus Dance Festival, Fullmoon Dance Festival, Tampere Theater Festival among others.

Currently she is working with blackness and shaking the white stage, the concept of fake and Bad Girls Practices and Swag Lessons. In all her work she pursues practices and ways of working that combine theory and strong physicality and that shake and challenge existing power structures.

In spring 2017 Lindfors was awarded by the municipality of Helsinki with the Artist of the Year – award and by the theater information center the Tinfo – award. During season 2017 – 2018 Lindfors will be the house choreographer of Zodiak – center for new dance.

 

 

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Menard Mponda on tansanialainen tanssija, tanssinopettaja, koreografi ja muusikko. Menard on valmistunut tanssija-koreografiksi Bagamoyo Art Collegesta Tansaniasta ja opiskelee tällä hetkellä Sibelius Akatemiassa Helsingissä. Hän on afrikkalaisen tanssin ja kulttuurin yhdistyksen Cheza Ngoman perustajajäsen. Menard opettaa Cheza Ngomassa perinteistä itä-afrikkalaista tanssia ja rummutusta sekä modernimpaa ndomboloa. Menard on on ollut mukana luomassa lukuisia afrotanssinäytöksiä joista viimeisin on The Rise Of The Queens produktio jossa yhdistyy afrotanssi ja capoeira.

Menard esiintyy yhdessä sisarustensa kanssa Mpondas Family kokoonpanolla sekä Helsinki Cotonou Ensemble ja Maco Oey yhtyeissä. Menard toimii taiteellisena johtajana myös kesällä järjestettävissä Fest Afrika festivaaleilla.

 

 

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Korede Bello,

Korede Bello, professionally known as KBell, a multi-talented media engineer. A song writer, lyricist, rapper, screen writer, web-designer, film maker, photographer, media entrepreneur and a resident of Espoo, Finland. KBell Music and Arts are committed to inspire and impact through creative piece with diversity of afro twist. He was born in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, Nigeria.

 

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