Working Class Background Embodied: Sketches on Class V

Welcome to enjoy dance safely!

JoJo’s autumn 2021 program consists of the OuDance festival and JoJo’s own productions.

About the performance

Working Class Background Embodied: Sketches on Class V

Performance schedule

Vinttikamari, Oulu Theatre
Tue 23.11. at 19, Premiere
Thu 25.11. at 19 
Fri 26.11. at 19 
Sat 27.11. at 19 

Description of the performance

A worker and an academic intersect in my body. 
For dinner invitations, I often have too rough hands.
I can use an ax and I naturally support a glass of sparkling wine on my leg.
My towels have lace crocheted by Grandma.
My grandfather taught me to dance.
Renovations and removals will be made by helpers.

Working Class Background Embodied sheds light on the effects of class origin on a person’s physicality, experiences, and agency. The working group includes a wide array of artists who share an interest in working with class matters.

In Sketches on Class V, the working group reveals the working processes that it uses to explore multifaceted questions of class. How does working-class background manifest in the body? How do we separate the experience of class from experiences of, for instance generation, gender and locality?

Class drills itself into our flesh, gushes out through the sweat on our backs, lingers in our gaze, twists and turns in our insides. Each performer’s relationship to the topic brings out the diversity of class experiences. The attempt is to give space to the lived memories and imprint of class, which is a fundamental part of our identity, both concretely visible and hard to define. Experiences of class and class mobility become visible in the performance sketch through movement and text.      

Working Class Background Embodied initiative

Working Class Background Embodied is an attempt to nurture different socioeconomic cultural backgrounds, to gain understanding of the effects of class on our choices and opportunities, to open up these themes and, most importantly, to address them in the context of body-based art. Through the initiative, the working group is trying to deconstruct the myth of equality, the assumption that everyone in Finland has the same opportunities to study, find employment, advance in their career, or to participate in discussions in society.

During the working process, five themes were highlighted as points of examination: shame, excess, not belonging, abundance and class pride. In addition, the initiative aims to advance the participation in art of people from different backgrounds, as well as  to place bodily and conceptual knowledge side by side.

The initiators of the project wanted to include makers of different ages and of different backgrounds in order to give voice to diverse experiences.  The process has included individuals from both suburban zones and rural areas; descendants of both Red and White Finland; individuals with a long career behind them and those only at the start of their working life; individuals from different family constellations and from different parts of the country.  The working group of 20 people has been running since 2018. 

For more information about the project and the production visit

Facilitation and concept: Elsa Heikkilä and Laura Lehtinen | Performers: Riina Hannuksela, Elsa Heikkilä, Soili Huhtakallio, Virpi Juntti, Heli Keskikallio, Soile Lahdenperä, Laura Lehtinen, Aliina Lindroos, Pinja Poropudas, Anni Puuperä, Lotta Suomi, Virva Talonen and Katriina Tavi | Costume design: Mari Nurmenniemi | Lighting design: Teo Lanerva | Sound design and music: Josu Mämmi and Ilkka Tolonen |Also in the working group: Minna Karttunen and Sanna Tirkkonen | Photos: Soili Huhtakallio and Katri Naukkarinen | The entire working group has been involved in the artistic design of the performance |Production: JoJo – Oulu Dance Center, Arts Management Helsinki, Nollapiste-kollektiivi | Supporters: Kone Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Art Promotion Center, Art Council of Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu, Samuel Huber Art Foundation, City of Helsinki, Center for Sustainable Development Oulu | Residence Support: Side Step 2021 Festival / Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Stoa | Duration: 80 Min.


15 e / 12 e / 6 e (JoJo Members)

Kaikukortti: 2 tickets / performance on Thu 25.11. at 19 | Fri 26.11. at 19 | Sat 27.11. at 19 

Ticket Office in Cultural Centre Valve, Ticketmaster and Ticket Sales in Oulu Theatre.

Duration: 80 Min.

Notes for the audience:

  • The performance uses Finnish speech.
  • The shoes are left outside the Vinttikamari.
  • There is wood dust in the venue.
  • There is an interaction section, participation in which is voluntary.
Kaikukortti logo

Other information

Please remember to follow the general safety and hygiene instructions for events:
– Don’t participate in events when having symptoms
– Keep safety distance
– Take care of hand hygiene; wash your hands or use hand sanitizer
– Cough on a handkerchief or sleeve

Up-to-date instructions for using the mask can be found at

Recommendations and restrictions in force in Oulu
You can find up-to-date information on the corona situation and the City of Oulu’s press releases on the City of Oulu’s Korona page at

Text to speech.

You can listen to the texts of the website in Finnish by painting the desired text and pressing the play button that appears. Click here to the Finnish page.

Teksti puheeksi.

Voit kuunnella nettisivujen tekstit suomeksi puhuttuna maalaamalla halutun tekstin ja painamalla esiin tulevaa PLAY-painiketta.