Fenced dreams / Aidatut unelmat (2017)
walkabout to accept diversity
Fenced dreams is a walking performance. With a large group of performers and volunteers, the performance takes the audience on an experiential journey, zigzagging through the gardens of the Kaarela area. The performance starts in the local square in Helsinki suburb Kannelmäki, where the audience is divided in 6 different groups and they get instructions and headphones. Each group is led by guides in different pathways though private and public spaces and gardens. The different paths of the performance all lead to a common party in the Malminkartano apple orchard. During the walk, the spectators listens to a soundscape on headphones and encounter performative events. Sound design of the performance uses local environmental sounds together with music and text.
In Fenced dreams, the spectator is an active participant, choosing which way to watch, where to position oneself. While experiencing the performance, the lines between performer, spectator, environment and performance start to blur. All the people, everything in the environment and all the senses become part of the performance experience. Performance deals with our relationship to our environment, our boundaries, fences and limits through experiencing the walking, movement, music and text.
Fenced dreams performance adaptation is available for different environments and cities.
Walking-based staging is highlighted by through headphones heard urban sounds, background music and poetic reflections. Already when we wait the performance to start, some of the motions in the suburb Market seems to be part of the show. During the performance, for example people in front of you can start dancing unexpectedly with their bags. In the second moment, a group of dancers create a series of movements to find their own boundaries in a fenced yard. In other scenes, we stop at the church hall to listen to the cello playing and follow dance solos depicting different kinds of human fates in the private gardens. An intelligent, subtle performance brings the participant to the experience of almost any event coming forward in a prominent and new way. --Tuomas Rantanen, Voima magazine
Forest biodiversity and urban characterity are considered from many different perspectives. Performers include children, young adults, adults. There is a ballad-singing choir, musicians and poetry. The enthusiastic entity provides enough space for surprises and coincidences. The fictitious dreams are the works that are polished in each section. It is the feeling of long-term work. -Maria Säkö, Helsingin sanomat
Choreographer: Sari Palmgren and performers
Script and direction: Sari Palmgren
Sound design: Tuomas Norvio & Esa Mattila
Music: Mikko Perkola, Tuomas Norvio & Esa Mattila
Costume design: Riitta Röpelinen
Lighting design: Ina Niemelä
Instructor of the group Ihanat: Riina Hannuksela
Instructor of the group at Antinniitty: Jenni Koistinen
Instructor of the Tendency group from Kerava Dance Institute: Taru Reijonen
Performers: Pekka Louhio, Mikko Perkola, Marjukka Savolainen, Elisa Lejeune, Pauliina Kyttä, Anni Mäenpää, Annina Vana, Niina Virkkala, Kirsi Verkka, Anne Harju, Hanna Toiviainen-Conteh, Ella Silvennoinen, Risto Railo, Riikka Levonmaa, Antti Hovila, Juuli Lappalainen, Sari Heinonen, Noora Laaksonen, Päivi Korpela, Vappu Tuomisto, Heli Uusitalo, Satu Riikonen, Päivi Luoma, Marjaana Veikkanen, Pihla Auvinen, Reetta Lindberg, Ida Ticklén, Vilma Mankonen, Eelis Sunila, Minttu Heinonen, Onni Niemi, Pauli Kalalahti, Pyry Varvikko, Sofia Johansson, Vappu Virkkula, Kaarlo Kilponen, Lilja Nevalaita, Kerttu Kapiainen, Kia Kärkkäinen, Nelma Manninen, Klaara Kolehmainen, Sofia Sundman, Netta Morottaja ja Siiri Finnilä.
Guides: main guide Anna Koskela, Saija Jäntti, Laura Lehtinen Anne Pietarinen, Janna Hujanen, Katja Kirsi, Veera Räsänen, Tuula Suitiala, Jari Laine, Pertti Andersson, Jenni Koistinen, Ida Teeri ja Netta Jousi.
Choir: Emma Karsten, Ulla-Riina Mäntylä, Kaisa Mäntylä, Edit Rautakoski, Kaisa Hakala, Senni Syvänen, Ruut Saastamoinen, Pihla Jutila, Petra Jutila, Anu Wartiovaara, Terhi Lindqvist, Suvi-Päivikki Salo, Tuuli Paasilehto, Riina Katajavuori, Maria Kuosmanen
Speach: Anna Koskela, Jukka Peltola, Seliina Riikonen, Vappu Tuomisto ja Niina Virkkala
Producer: Terhi Pursiainen
Production: Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Sari Palmgren, Kanneltalo
In collaboration with: Helsinki Festival
Video: Mikael Kanerva & Sari Palmgren
Supported by: Helsinki city, Arts promotion centre Finland
Premiere 24.8.2017 Kannelmäki, Helsinki/Finland
Other performances: 26.8.-31.8.2017 Kannelmäki, Helsinki/Finland
Upcoming performances: August 2018 Helsinki, August 2019 Hyvinkää
Duration 2,5 hours
Full performance video and rider by request: sari.palmgren(at)gmail.com