The Earth Song is a carnivalesque look into the crossing paths of consumer society, human behaviour and climate change. Choreographer Sari Palmgren's interdisciplinary and multitalented team has explored human relationship to the environment, to the circulation and use of energy. How are our daily choices made? How can we change them?

Photo: Johanna Tirronen 

Photo: Johanna Tirronen 

Performance has documentary starting points. During the rehearsal process, the team has consulted environmental researchers and experts of sustainable development. From these consultations, the team has created songs and forms a one-of-a-kind musical, guided by contemporary movement thinking and improvisation

Sari Palmgren has created sustainable guidelines for making this performance. She has hold workshops and discussions in Finland and abroad about the subject. In the rehearsal period the working group hold different workshops for the citizens of Helsinki, and there was 400 10-70 years old people visiting the rehearsals before premiere. Performance was performed to children, youth and adult audiences and was well received in different age groups. 


Press quotes

The performers are rockstars, people after a nuclear war, symphonic preachers, medieval chant singers. They are also humane humans in Helsinki Ruoholahti in the Spring 2013. Just over on hour long performance is filled with message.         -Sara Nyberg/, 23.5.2013 


The performance deals with its subjects: peoples relation to the environment, the daily choices we make and the climate change, without denouncing it. The performance retain its sympathetic touch and attracts the spectator with the changing rhythms in the music and dance. It varies from cordially quiet scenes to defiant punk-style moments. The mixing of contemporary and musical style maneuvering is intriguing to watch.           -Liisa Kontunen/, 21.5.2013 


The multitalented dancers Maria Saivosalmi, Lotta Suomi, Jukka Tarvainen and Palmgren herself as well as the actor Jukka Peltola sing, dance and play accompanied by the sampling by Tuomas Norvio. From absurd humour the performance moves on to limpid moments or stops to look into the future with a question.              -Hannele Jyrkkä/Helsingin Sanomat, 23.5.2013



Choreography: Sari Palmgren

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

Sound design/composition: Tuomas Norvio

Lighting design: Heikki Paasonen

Costume design: Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila

Photos: Uupi Tirronen

Trailers: Timo Wright and Sari Palmgren

Production: Zodiak - Center for New Dance, Sari Palmgren

Residency: Silke Z / resistdance/studiotrade network /Studio 11 (Cologne) Koneen Säätiö

Supported by: Uudenmaan taidetoimikunta, Kone foundation and Samuel Huber foundation  

Performance has been translated into English. Total length of the performance: 1hour

Premiere: 16.5.2013 Zodiak-center for New dance, performances 19.5-29.5.2013


Other performances: Germany Cologne 14.-15.12. 2013, Åland Marienhamn 9.8.2014

Tour 2016: Kajaani, Kouvola, Kuopio, Helsinki, Vantaa and Oulu: 11 performances, 50 workshops and working/coloring book for teachers and students.  

Germany Leipzig 17.8.2016, Coming: NLB loop Tour 2017-2018: Denmark, Norway & Lithuania. 


Report about the tour here, in Finnish

Evaluation by Riitta Heinämaa about the tour here, in Finnish

The Earth Song esitystorissa...

Full performance video and rider by request: sari.palmgren(at)


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