Ripples is a contemporary circus performance about eco-grief and utopia, sailing across the Baltic Sea to inspire people to act for a more sustainable future. The performing arts company Acting for Climate (NO) joins forces with Festival Norpas (FI) and Hawila Project (DK) to bring youth together for a transformative experience of a more sustainable today. We set sail for hope, for action, and for change.
The tour sails from harbour to harbour with S/V Swallow, a two-masted wooden sailing ship from 1926. We set off from Denmark to harbours in Finland, Estonia and Norway, in which we play the performance Ripples and engage in local encounters on sustainability through workshops.
Ripples experiments on creating a whole new standard of sustainability as touring artists and provides meeting points for collaboration and exchange with local audiences. The performance will be played on the 19 meter long sailing ship S/V Swallow that acts as a site-specific stage, accommodation and means of transport for the group. The aim of the tour is to question the values our society is based upon and to inspire curiosity and discussions about sustainability in the present.
Ripples invites you on board a voyage into the future, a mourning ritual for the past and to question the present. We will explore how to live in a balanced and just society of the future, and reflect this in our artistic expression in the present. Seven artists embody ecological grief and hope for the future within the ship’s magnificent framework. A magical universe of circus, dance, physical theatre, music and storytelling unfolds from aft to bow and all the way up to the top of the masts.
Ripples will premiere July 15th 2022 in Holbæk, Denmark, beginning a sailing tour which will go on until September 14th. We will experiment with a new form of touring, within the limitations and possibilities that nature will provide. Five harbours are set: Taalintehdas (FI), Helsinki (FI), Saaremaa (EE), Copenhagen (DK), Risør (NO). In between these locations, nature will decide where the tour will go. Instead of fighting the premises of nature we will try to work with them.
15–20 July Holbæk, Denmark
3–7 August Taalintehdas, Finland
10–14 August Helsinki, Finland
18–22 August Roomassaare, Estonia
1–5 September Copenhagen, Denmark
10–14 September Bergheim, Norway