To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.
-Audrey Hepburn

Gardens hold many secrets and stories. They are places where people work, relax and focus. Despite having different meanings for different people, gardens have one thing in common: they are a place for concrete actions, where an inevitable cycle reveals the boundaries between control and chaos.

Aidatut unelmat (Fenced dreams) is a walking performance by choreographer Sari Palmgren, zigzagging through the gardens of the Kaarela area. The performance starts in the private gardens of the residents and with the stories hidden therein. Along the way secrets are revealed, and they create a space for a shared existence and understanding. The different paths of the performance all lead to a common party in the Malminkartano fruit garden.

Aidatut unelmat is part of the Minun nimeni on art project aimed at building a communal city culture by Zodiak – Center for New Dance. The project, which began in 2012, is funded by the City of Helsinki Cultural Office. Sari Palmgren has been involved in the project from the start as choreographer, dancer, workshop instructor and filmmaker. The piece is Kanneltalo's 25th anniversary performance, and also a part of Helsinki Festival's programme.

The performance is experienced while walking. The terrain is partly difficult, so make sure you have proper walking shoes and dress according to the weather. We also kindly ask you to leave your umbrella at home. The duration of the performance is approximately 2 hours.

Performance starts on Sitratori in front of Kanneltalo (Klaneettitie 5) and it ends at the Malminkartano Apple Orchard (Kartanonkaari 29). There will be no prearranged transportation back to Sitratori. The quickest way from the orchard back to Kanneltalo is by I train (approx. 15 mins with the walks).

Apple orchard dinner

After a performance, you can enjoy a delicious vegetarian dinner in the August twilight in ambient surroundings of the apple orchard in Malminkartano. Served under a canopy, this communal dinner comprises around five dishes and selected non-alcoholic drinks to accompany them.

The dinner is served by Labby Catering, which had been cooking seasonal and local food for years before it became mainstream. The gardeners-cum-chefs know their ingredients from the seed to serving and make imaginative use of all plant parts. In August, when the harvest season is at its best, there is a wide choice of ingredients to choose from.

The meals served contain no animal-derived ingredients. Please let us know at least two days before dining of any other special dietary requirements at

Note that the dinner is available by advance booking only and that dinner tickets must be purchased at least two days before the performance concerned.


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Choreographer Sari Palmgren
Sound design Tuomas Norvio & Esa Mattila
Music Mikko Perkola, Tuomas Norvio & Esa Mattila
Costume design Riitta Röpelinen
Lighting design Ina Niemelä
Performers Pekka Louhio, Mikko Perkola, Marjukka Savolainen & nearly 80 volunteers
Producer Terhi Pursiainen
Production Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Sari Palmgren, Kanneltalo
In collaboration with Helsinki Festival
Photo Uupi Tirronen

Pre-talk at 18 15 in the café of Kanneltalo on Aug 26.
Post-performance discussion on Aug 29.

Duration 2,5 hrs
Performance language Finnish.

Tickets 25/20/15 € (incl. service fee)
Performance + dinner 49,50/45/39,50 € (incl. service fee)

Zodiak’s season ticket is not valid for the performance.

NB! Performance is experienced while walking about. Performance starts on Sitratori in front of Kanneltalo (Klaneettitie 5).