Sari Palmgren

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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The Sustainability Report 2015

Sari Palmgren was part of the Kedja Sustainability Think Tank 2012-2015. The outcome of the think tank is a report with recommendations for a sustainable dance field. The report addresses all levels of decision making – local, national and international -  as well as the dance community itself, being aware that the conditions for dance vary among the different countries.

The keðja Sustainability Think Tank invites cultural actors, policy makers, organizations, artists and other dance professionals to make use of the Sustainability Report in their work and in advocacy, highlighting those recommendations that best meets their specific needs and conditions.

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Connective Patterns dance document film premiere 21.3.2015 20.00pm

Documentary Connective Patterns shows a day in the lives of seven Asian and European dancer-choreographers. Shot on location in Greece, Finland, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and Estonia, it sets individual choices against a wider perspective of the society at large – looking at the similarities and differences between people from different cultures.

Photo: Päivi Kettunen/Sari Palmgren

Photo: Päivi Kettunen/Sari Palmgren

Connective Patterns: Loikka dance film festival, Andorra 21.3.2015 20.00pm

Ohjaus, Editointi / Direction, Editing:  Sari Palmgren
Koreografia & esiintyjät / Choreography & performers: Noriko Kato, Kae Ihhimoto, Sirithorn Srichalakom, Maria Donna Grey Miranda, Kylli Roosna, Joanna Toumpakari and Sari Palmgren

Äänisuunnittelija-Säveltäjä / Sounddesign / Composer: Tuomas Norvio
Kuvaus / Cinematography: Päivi Kettunen 
Tuottaja / Producer: Sari Palmgren
Valokuva / Photo: Sari Palmgren

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The Earth Song-Kedja Marienhamn

The Earth Song performance 9.8.2014 & Sari Palmgren's sustainable strategies for dance field-workshop at Marienhamn Kedja Encounter. Welcome!

Photographer: Uupi Tirronen, Performers: Maria Saivosalmi, Tuomas Norvio, Sari Palmgren, Jukka Tarvainen, Jukka Peltola ja Lotta Suomi

The theme of the Encounter is ”Building New Bridges and Sustaining the Community”. On one hand we will look at the future of the keðja network and envision new and inspiring ways of dealing with the challenges and changes in the Nordic-Baltic dance field. On the other hand we want to cherish the sense of community that keðja has achieved during the past years and think about how the fruitful collaboration can be sustained in the future.

Mortal road movie-Kajaani

If you realize your own mortality, you can live more fully now

Mortal road movie - Second rehearsal period has started in Kajaani. Premiere is going to be 3.5.2014 at Generaattori, Kajaani. Mortal road movie is a multi-year journey to mortality in different continents and cities. 

Mortal road movie-Rehearsals with dancers Saara Töyrylä & Kira Riikonen

The work involves local people in the planning of the work through workshops, meetings and interviews. Mortal Road Movie is based on these meetings, the performers relationship to mortality, road trip video and movement. Mortal road movie is co-operation with Routa dance company.

Keväällä 2014 työskentelen Routa-ryhmän kanssa Mortal road movie -teoskokonaisuuden ensimmäisen osan parissa. Näyttämöteos tulee ensi-iltaan 3.5.2014 Generaattorilla Kajaanissa. Teos ottaa paikalliset ihmiset mukaan teoksen suunnitteluvaiheessa työpajojen, kohtaamisten ja haastattelujen kautta.  Mortal Road Movie rakentuu näistä tapaamisista, esiintyjien suhteesta kuolevaisuuteen, road trip -videoista ja liikkeestä. Teos pyrkii kuoleman keskellä olemaan katsojalle voimaannuttava kokemus: Jos ymmärtää oman kuolevaisuutensa, pystyy elämään täydemmin nyt. Mortal road movie on monivuotinen matka kuolevaisuuteen eri maanosissa ja kaupungeissa. Teos on yhteistyö Routa-tanssiryhmän kanssa