The sailing contemporary circus performance Ripples will be played on decks, and high up in the rig and masts of the sail ship Swallow, born in Denmark in 1926.

Can we create a positive climate ripple effect across the sea? 

We will premiere and set sail across the Baltic Sea in 2022, from Denmark to Finland, Estonia and Norway.


After the massive success of Into the Water in 2019, we are delighted to once again set sail across oceans to inspire people to act for a more sustainable future.

Ripples is a contemporary circus performance about eco-grief and utopia, sailing across the Baltic Sea to inspire people to act for a more sustainable future. The performing arts company Acting for Climate (NO) joins forces with Festival Norpas (FI) and Hawila Project (DK) to bring youth together for a transformative experience of a more sustainable today.


The artistic director of the performance will be Hanne Friis, for whom the project combines her passions of performing arts and environment. "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 harbours and hearts of people", she declares.

The tour sails from harbour to harbour with S/V Swallow, a two-masted wooden sailing ship from 1926. We set off from Denmark to harbours in Finland, Estonia and Norway, in which we play the performance Ripples and engage in local encounters on sustainability.


Ripples experiments on creating a whole new standard of sustainability as touring artists and provides meeting points for collaboration and exchange with local audience. The performance will be played on the 19 meter long sailing ship S/V Swallow that acts as a site-specific stage, accommodation and means of transport for the group.


Ripples invites you on board a voyage into the future, a mourning ritual for the past and to question the present. We will explore how to live in a balanced and just society of the future, and reflect this in our artistic expression in the present. Seven artists embody ecological grief and hope for the future within the ship’s magnificent framework. A magical universe of circus, dance, physical theatre, music and storytelling unfolds from aft to bow and all the way up to the top of the masts.


The aim of the tour is to question the values our society is based upon and to inspire curiosity and discussions about sustainability in the present. 

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

Photo by Ghia Lumia Fieandt

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

Ripples will premiere July 15th 2022 in Holbæk, Denmark, beginning a sailing tour which will go on until September 14th. We will experiment with a new form of touring, within the limitations and possibilities that nature will provide. Six harbours are set:

15–20 July Holbæk, Denmark with Hawila Project

3–8 August Taalintehdas, Finland with Festival Norpas

10–14 August Helsinki, Finland

18–22 August Roomassaare, Estonia with Big Wolf Company

1–5 September Copenhagen, Denmark with Ofelia Plads

10–14 September Borgheim, Norway with Nøtterøy Kulturhus

In between these locations, nature will decide where the tour will go. Instead of fighting the premises of nature we will try to work with them.



Want to help us get wind in our sails? 

We are looking for volunteers in all harbours to help us make the ripple effect happen! Is it you or some of your friends?

Say hi,  and stay tuned on facebook and instagram!

Ripples is supported by

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