The Sailing Circus “Ripples” From Norway

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, we set sail for hope, for action and for change.


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

The performing arts company Acting for Climate (NO) tours the Baltic Sea in the summer of 2022, in collaboration with Festival Norpas (FI) and Hawila Project (DK). Radically challenging the sustainability standards of the performing arts industry, “Ripples” is toured with the sailing vessel Swallow. The two-masted wooden sail ship from 1926 acts as a stage for the performance, as a home, and as a mean of transport – Ripples is literally fueled by the wind, and the artists sail both day and night between harbors. With extreme acrobatics all the way up to the top of the 20-meter-high masts, the ship acts as a stage for a world-class international team of artists, whose movements are led by a soundscape blending in voices of climate activists from all around the world, Ripples is one of a kind performance!

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.

“As artists we have the opportunity and responsibility to inspire action, joy and change” – Emma Langmoen, artist.

The 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. In fact, the performance is combined with workshops, approaching artistic communities and local audiences in all the countries where Swallow will dock.

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.

“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, Ripples’ artistic director.

Ripples Artistic 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

PR & Communications: Federica Parise

Produced by: Acting for Climate & Festival Norpas

Producers Team : Federica Parise, Ronja Tammenpää, Irina Pleva, Ania Lewandowska, Isabella de Judicibus

Music by Annelie Nederberg
Costumes by Michiel Tange van Leeuwen
Rigging design by Matt Horton

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

Tour Plan

15.07 – 17.07 Performing in Holbaek – Denmark | with Hawila Project
04.08 – 07.08 Performing in Taalintehdas – Finland | with Festival Norpas
11.08 – 13.08 Performing in Helsinki- Finland | with Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth
20.08 – 21.08 Performing in Saaremaa – Estonia | with Big Wolf Company & the Estonian Contemporary Circus Development Centre
02.09 – 04.09 Performing in Copenhagen – Denmark | in collaboration with Ofelia Plads
11.09 – 14.09 Performing in Norway | with Nøtterøy Kulturhus

Performance length: about 70min

Contacts for interviews and more information

Acting for Climate

Artistic team:
+4792296862 (Abigael Winsvold) or +4792811085 (Emma Langmoen)

Tour manager Isabella de Judicibus: +39 349 624 5226

Instagram: @actingforclimate Facebook: @actingforclimate

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