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Wed 7. - Sun 18.10.2020  /  Stoa  /  Helsinki

Sari Palmgren: Joy Riot

Sari Palmgren: Joy Riot Tickets

Sari Palmgren
Joy Riot

How to riot through joy in the artistic process, in the performance and while performing? Joy Riot, by Zodiak’s house choreographer Sari Palmgren, focuses on the revolutionary qualities of joy from different perspectives and explores a type of movement that both energises and recycles energy. Could a performance bring real joy to its performers, the environment and the audience in its different stages? 

Joy contains melancholy and many different shades; it is laughter and crying side by side. Joy comes out of facelessness and darkness, is renewed, and shares the space with the audience. Joy Riot, bursting with energy, smoke and body hair, moves from riot and chaos towards harmony. What is it that brings joy?

The five theses of Joy Riot are:
1.    We are dancing animals and we need to move around!
2.    Mending and making whole are part of the experience of joy.
3.    Motion means energy and enjoyment.
4.    The working process and the performance should nurture everyone involved.
5.    It is time to bring joy back to the stage.

The movement material of the performance is based on the energy economies and recycling methods of traditional Chinese medicine, various martial arts, and the Passing Through and Flying Low dance techniques developed by David Zambrano, which Sari Palmgren has studied. The workgroup looks for ways to maintain the energy and the joy in different stages of their work.

Welcome back to life!

Background information

Joy Riot comes from a three-year residence project called Creative Meeting Point: Hong Kong x Finland (2016–2019) between Zodiak – Centre for New Dance, Dance Info Finland and the West Kowloon Cultural District. During the project, Palmgren became familiar with local artists and the dance scene in both Finland and Hong Kong while working in six difference residences.

The current performance is inspired especially by energy work with dancer, choreographer Wayson Poon and Palmgren’s meeting with costume designer Kay Wong.

Choreography and performance: Sari Palmgren
Performers: Minna Karttunen, Oskari Turpeinen, Kaisa Niemi ja Krista-Julia Arppo
Lighting design: Heikki Paasonen
Sound design: Joonas Pehrsson
Costume design: Kay Wong
Supported by: Samuel Huberin Taidesäätiö, Taiteen Edistämiskeskus, Suomen Kulttuurirahasto
Production: Zodiak, Stoa, Sari Palmgren

Photos: Uupi Tirronen

Performances at Stoa in Itäkeskus.
Only serial tickets are sold for this performance in Tiketti.

Unnumbered seats.



Wed 07.10. at 19 (premiere)
Fri 09.10. at 19
Sun 11.10. at 15
Tue 13.10. at 19
Thu 15.10. at 19*
Fri 16.10. at 19
Sun 18.10. at 15

*Post-performance discussion on Thu, October 15.

Turunlinnantie 1, Itäkeskus, 00900, Helsinki