• 10.10 > 22.10.2022

The one-drop rule is a soci­al and legal prin­ci­ple of raci­al clas­si­fi­ca­ti­on that was his­to­ri­cally pro­mi­nent in the United States asser­ting that any per­son with even one ances­tor of sub-Saharan-African ancestry, one drop” of black blood, is con­si­de­red black.” 


ONE DROP is a sum­mo­ning, an autop­sy of the Western sta­ge and an ope­ret­ta. It is an inves­ti­ga­ti­on into the rela­ti­o­na­li­ties of capi­ta­lism, colo­ni­a­li­ty and the post-modern art market. 

The tit­le of the work refers to 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. A per­son who loo­ked whi­te could be Black on paper if he had even one-sixteenth of an African back­ground. The one drop rule makes bla­tant­ly clear how the con­cept of race is a con­struc­ti­on, a tech­no­lo­gy made to dehu­ma­ni­ze and dominate. 

ONE DROP con­ti­nues Lindfors’ series of works dea­ling with Black body poli­tics. The mul­ti-lay­e­red work adven­tu­res at the inter­fa­ces of con­tem­po­ra­ry cho­re­o­grap­hy and the­a­ter, com­bi­ning dif­fe­rent per­for­ming tech­ni­ques, cor­po­re­a­li­ty, text, and clas­si­cal music. 

Working group: Sonya Lindfors, Antonia Atarah, Geoffrey Erista, Nori Kin, Isabella Shaw, Erno Aaltonen, Jussi Matikainen, Sanna Levo, Ornilia Ubisse, Mariama Slåttøy, Ahmed Hamis 

Production: UTT ry / UrbanApa, Sonya Lindfors 

Co-pro­duc­ti­on: Zodiak — cen­ter for new dan­ce, Goethe — insti­tut, Coda – Oslo inter­na­ti­o­nal dan­ce fes­ti­val, KWP Kunstenwerkplaats, Beursschouwbourg, Buda kort­rijk, Dance Umbrella, BIT — teatergarasjen 

Supported by: Suomen Kulttuurirahasto