Performing HEL @Helsinki 29.8-1.9.2019

Sari Palmgren & Co is part of the Performing HEL Showcase.

With performances, demos and production pitches, the event will showcase the finest work from Finland right now. Performing HEL will encompass the full range of performing arts, including circus, dance and theatre, also delivered in exciting yet difficult-to-define combinations. The showcase happens at the same time with Helsinki Festival – the largest arts festival in Finland.

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Strech 2019 Turku/Finland!

keđja presents: Stretch 2019 Turku is held on 17–20.10.2019 in Turku, Finland.

The theme for this international encounter for dance professionals is Expanding Professionalism. It addresses professional practices of dance artists now and in the future, international work and sustainability, the possibilities of residences ja the relationship between art and the societal context. You can register until 12th august:

Palmgren is part of the Working sustainably as an artist-session and Working internationally in the age of ecological crisis- panel discussion. Welcome to Turku!

Tanzmesse 2018!

If you'd like to meet during the Tanzmesse week, you can find Sari Palmgren at Dance info Finland booth: 69 or contact sari.palmgren(at) for meeting. Happy hour thu 30.8 13.30, See you there! 



2018 is the year for recycle performances and concepts for touring and finding new forms: 

Fenced dreams (Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Kanneltalo & Helsinki Festivals 2017) performance has new performances in august 2018 at Kannelmäki area. Connective patterns and Tourist films will be touring in different dance film festivals. Kuplat-juhlat will come again this year in Hanko/Finland at august 2018. Sari Palmgren & Co will be also working for new performance Lame Tamer, that will premiere 2019 in Routa dance company at Kajaani/Finland.   

Photo: Uupi Tirronen 

Photo: Uupi Tirronen 


It has been fruitfull year, full of different performances, residencies and projects:

The Earth song, Licking things, Utopian empathy- performances, Connective patterns and Tourist-film was touring in Finland and abroad. Seven series Talk video-project was completed at february. The White Reindeer -play was touring in Russia (Dir. Hanna Kirjavainen), Energy Sounscape -innovation performance had its first performance at march with Kimmo Pohjonen, Tuomas Norvio, Janne Käpylehto, Satu Rekola & Johanna Ikola. Big scale walking performance Fenced dreams had premiere and succesfull performances in august at Zodiak – Center for new dance, Kanneltalo & Helsinki Festival.

I had two residencies in Hongkong (Cretive meeting point Honkong x Finland 2016-2018) and one residence in Portugal (espaço do tempo residence at Montemor-o-Novo). I had also pleasure to study in Sicilia one month (Passing through only) with David Zambrano and 40 different dancers around the world.

I was teaching choreography, improvisation and contemporary dance at Länsi-Suomen opisto, Jyväskylä university and Hongkong Arts academy. There was also annual dance film workshop: Repeat-pause-edit workshop in june and work at Tanssille ry as organizer for professional morning classes and workshops.

Thank you collaborators and all the wonderful artists that I have pleasure to work and pass through this year! See you next year!  –Sari

Photo: Uupi Tirronen, Licking things (Zodiak – Center for New Dance).

Photo: Uupi Tirronen, Licking things (Zodiak – Center for New Dance).

Hongkong-Finland residence project: Creative meeting point 2016-2018

Sari Palmgren is one chosen choreographer in the Creative meeting point 2016-2018 between West Kowloon cultural district, Dance Info Finland, Dance House Finland and Zodiak – Center for  New Dance. Creative meeting point residencies has been in Finland: december 2016 & july 2017, and in Hongkong: march 2017 & november-december 2017. Future residencies will be in april-may 2018 in Hongkong and december 2018 in Finland. 

“Through this programme we hope to foster the creativity and vision of local artists, and promote the creation of original works with an international perspective. The programme will also enable us to take Hong Kong dance to an international stage in anticipation of future collaborations between the West Kowloon Dancehouse in the Lyric Theatre Complex and our dance counterparts in other regions,” Anna CY Chan, Head of Dance, Performing Arts, West Kowloon

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Artists in the project from left seated: Carl Knif, Ivy Tsui, Wayson Poon, Justyne Li, Sari Palmgren, Linda Martikainen. Photo provided by WKCDA.

Artists in the project from left seated: Carl Knif, Ivy Tsui, Wayson Poon, Justyne Li, Sari Palmgren, Linda Martikainen.
Photo provided by WKCDA.

Fenced dreams -performance premiere in august

Aidatut unelmat (Fenced dreams) is a walking performance by choreographer Sari Palmgren, zigzagging through the gardens of the Kaarela area. After a performance, you can enjoy a delicious vegetarian dinner in the August twilight in ambient surroundings of the apple orchard in Malminkartano. Performances 24.-31.8.2017.

Performance is experienced while walking about. Performance starts on Sitratori in front of Kanneltalo (Klaneettitie 5).

Choreographer: Sari Palmgren
Sound design: Tuomas Norvio & Esa Mattila
Music: Mikko Perkola, Tuomas Norvio & Esa Mattila
Costume design: Riitta Röpelinen
Lighting design: Ina Niemelä
Performers: Marjukka Savolainen, Mikko Perkola, Pekka Louhio & large group of volunteers
Project producer: Terhi Pursiainen
Production: Zodiak – Uuden tanssin keskus, Sari Palmgren, Kanneltalo

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Aidatut unelmat workshop and audition

Osallistu Sari Palmgrenin uuteen teokseen! Esitysryhmään haetaan sekä tanssin ammattilaisia, alan opiskelijoita että tanssin harrastajia 28.-29.1. järjestettävän valintatilaisuuden kautta.

Vuoden 2017 aikana toteutetaan koreografi Sari Palmgrenin tanssiteos Salainen puutarha (työnimi). Esitys on Kannelmäestä Malminkartanolle kiertävä teos. Matkan aikana vieraillaan luontokohteissa, yksityisissä puutarhoissa ja alueen rakennuksissa sekä kuullaan niihin kätkeytyneitä tarinoita ja salaisuuksia. Esitys päättyy Malminkartanon omenatarhaan. Esitys on osa Zodiak - Uuden tanssin keskuksen syksyn kausiohjelmistoa, Zodiakin 20-vuotisjuhlaa sekä Kanneltalon 25-vuotisjuhlateos.

Mukaan etsitään esiintymisestä kiinnostuneita eri-ikäisiä ja -taustaisia osallistujia! Esitysryhmän valintatilaisuuteen ovat tervetulleita kaikki, eikä osallistuminen edellytä aikaisempaa tanssikokemusta. Kurssille ovat tervetulleita myös ammattilaiset ja alan opiskelijat. Jokaisen osallistujan lähtökohdat huomioidaan. Valintatilaisuuden kautta teokseen palkataan kaksi ammattitanssijaa. 

Teoksen esitykset ajoittuvat elokuun loppuun, harjoituksia pidetään jo keväällä. Osallistuminen edellyttää sitoutumisen kaikkiin harjoituksiin sekä esityksiin.

Esitysryhmän valintatilaisuus: la-su 28.-29.1. klo 10-16
Paikka: Zodiak C4-sali, Kaapelitehdas (Tallberginkatu 1 C, 00180 Hki, 4 krs.)
Ohjaaja: koreografi Sari Palmgren
Hinta: Maksuton
Ilmoittautuminen: 20.1.2017 mennessä osoitteeseen

Esitysryhmän harjoitusaikataulu:
Ke-pe 1.-3.3. klo 17:30-20:30, Haagan nuorisotalon sali (Teuvo Pakkalan tie 5, 00400 Hki)
La-su 4.-5.3. klo 10-16, Haagan nuorisotalon sali
Maanantaisin 3.4.-29.5. klo 17:30-20 (17.4. ei harjoituksia), Nuorisokahvila Clubin sali (Kaupintie 16, 00440 Hki)
Ma-pe 12.-16.6., tila tarkentuu
1.-23.8. tiivisharjoittelua, tila tarkentuu

24.8. klo 19 ensi-ilta
26.8. klo 19
27.8. klo 19
29.8. klo 19
30.8. klo 19
31.8. klo 19

Ilmoittautuminen: 20.1.2017 mennessä osoitteeseen

HUOM! Ilmoittautuminen on sitova. Peruutukset viimeistään 7 päivää ennen ilmoittautumisajan umpeutumista. Esityskurssille osallistuminen edellyttää sitoutumisen harjoituksiin sekä kaikkiin esityksiin.  

Licking Things workshop: Looking for Fulfilment through Music and Movement

The Licking Things workshop looks for fulfilment through music and movement. The aim of the course is to explore the relationship between music and movement through motion-based exercises performed alone and in a group. Motion is used to seek a profound, comprehensive sense of presence and perception.

The instructors of the workshop are choreographer Sari Palmgren and musician/composers Mikko Perkola and Tuomas Norvio. The course includes movement-based activities performed to live music and an introduction to choreography and performance production. The course proceeds in step with the preparation of Sari Palmgren's upcoming performance Licking Things (premiere 9 November). Students participate in the preparations of the performance, and are allowed to watch the rehearsals.

Tuesdays at 18-20, 11 October - 1 November
Exceptions: 11 October class is held at Zodiak Stage and 1 November class starts at 18.30.
Instructors: Sari Palmgren, Mikko Perkola and Tuomas Norvio
Location: Zodiak Stage and Zodiak Studio C4
Duration: 4 sessions / 8 hours
Participation fee: 70 €
Enrollment by 26.9.
Cancellations by 4.10.

Availability is limited, so sign up in time! Welcome letters and invoices are sent to participants immediately after registration closes. Cancellations must be communicated no later than seven days before the course begins. With the exception of injuries and illnesses certified in writing by a doctor, cancellations made later than seven days before the course or workshop are subject to full course fee.

Please bring a receipt of your course payment to the first meeting of your course. Zodiak's courses and workshops can also be paid using pre-paid Liikuntaseteli and Kulttuuriseteli vouchers (Smartum Oy) as well as Virikeseteli vouchers (Edenred Oy).

For further inquiries, please contact Inari Pesonen at or 050 412 7116 (weekdays from 11 am to 4 pm).

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