Sirkustaiteilija riippuu köydestä, joka on kiinnitetty purjelaivan mastoon.
Karoline Hill


Acting for Climate (Norway): Ripples

The sailing circus performance “Ripples” set sail across the Baltic sea to inspire people to act for a more sustainable future. Combining performing arts and environmental activism, it sets sail for hope,
for action and for change.

Shows 11.–13.8.2022 – free entrance!

Vuosaari, Kalkkihiekantori, 00980 Helsinki

Thu 11.8. klo 18
Fri 12.8. klo 18
Sat 13.8. at 13 & 18

Free entrance. Please note that Kalkkihiekantori has a capacity of 200 people. Weather reservation. Please bring your own seat cushions/blanket!

If action triggers action – can our art create a ripple effect for climate action that can spread across the sea?

Performing Acting for Climate (NO) tours the Baltic Sea in the summer of 2022, in collaboration with Festival NorpasDance Theatre Hurjaruuth (FI) and Hawila Project (DK). Radically challenging the sustainability standards of the performing arts industry, “Ripples” is toured with the sailship Swallow. The two masted wooden sail ship from 1926, acts both as stage for the performance, home, and means of transport – Ripples is literally fueled by the wind, and the artists sail both day and night between the harbors.

With extreme acrobatics all the way up to the top of the 20 meters high masts, the ship as stage, a world-class international team of artists, and a soundscape blending in voices of climate activists all around the world, Ripples is a one of a kind performance.

Ripples is directed by Hanne Friis, for whom the project combines high quality performing arts with a real action against the climate crisis. Seven artists alternate contemporary circus, physical theatre, dance, music and storytelling to convey a narrative of hope. Played site-specific on the boat, “Ripples” is an absorbing performance whose aim is to engage minds while entertaining eyes.

The performance is a voyage into the future, into the hopes of a new generation who feels truly connected to nature and to what being an artist means. Artistic expression is a powerful tool to empower society, to embody ecological grief and hope for the future within the ship’s magnificent framework.

“Ripples” reaches out to people and creates space to reflect. Acting for Climate questions the values of our society, inspiring curiosity and discussions, embodies the change that can be achieved in society, starting with sustainable touring.




About 70 min


Free entrance


Vuosaari, Kalkkihiekantorin laivalaituri, 00980 Helsinki

Suggested age

No age restriction


Please bring your own seat cushions/blanket! No language skill requirements for audience.

Director: Hanne Trap Friis
Starring: Abigael Rydtun Winsvold, Emma Langmoen, Heidi Miikki, Lucie Piot, Ole Skovgård Dampe, Marie Binda, Max Behrendt
Project leaders: Abigael Winsvold & Emma Langmoen
In collaboration with Hawila Project & Festival Norpas
Production: Acting for Climate & Festival Norpas & in Helsinki: Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth
Producers Team Federica Parise, Ronja Tammenpää, Irina Pleva, Ania Lewandowska
Music: Annelie Nederberg
Costumes: Michiel Tange van Leeuwen
Rigging design: Matt Horton
Special thanks to volunteer tour manager Isabella de Judicibus and to all the volunteers!

The project is funded by the European Union | Erasmus + programme, KONE Foundation, Nordic Culture Point and the Norwegian Culture Fund.

About Acting for Climate

As artists we have the opportunity and responsibility to inspire action, joy and change.

Emma Langmoen, artist

The seed of Acting for Climate was planted in Norway in 2014, with the dream and the goal of using artistic expression to inspire action for a sustainable future. “Ripples” is the latest creation of the company, currently strengthening and expanding its network of people, artists and activists that nurture collaboration for sustainability. Their first sailing performance, Into the Water, was among other featured in National Geographics, and reached thousands of audiences in the harbors and millions online.

We challenge our times, inspiring people to act towards climate change, to reflect on how humanity treats nature. Let us sail around and enter the harbors and hearts of people.

Hanne Friis, director