Rhythmically interpreted poetry — a performance that combines sign language and rap
Rhythmically interpreted poetry. This is a joint project by artist Joacim and sign language presenter at Yle and UMK Miguel Peltomaa. It brings rap and sign language together in a live gig that is accessible for everyone.
“It’s not just the interpretation of my songs in sign language, but it’s a bit like having a hype man — to use the rap term — and it is our joint performance,” says Joacim. “This gig is suitable for everyone, and we aim to give everyone an equal opportunity to party and enjoy our songs. Plus, it’s so cool visually!” The work consists of a pop rap performance that features sign language. The aim is to make sign language one of the languages used in entertainment in Finland and to highlight its versatility in this kind of context. The performance is a comment on how accessible entertainment is for users of sign language, and it aims to break down barriers between sign language users and hearing people by creating an entertaining performance in which everyone can immerse themselves completely. The work premiered at the Caisa Cultural Centre in Helsinki on 27 August 2022, and the audience loved it.