The Carnival of the Animals


“Humankind suffocates whales with plastic bags and turns coral reefs into dumps. If the ocean was an aquarium, we might clean it. Without blue, there is no green. Without water, no life.”

The Carnival of the Animals paints a stirring picture of modern man’s relationship with nature and animals. Realised in co-operation with Greenpeace and voice artist Mirjami Heikkinen, the show places the beloved fantasy suite composed by Camille Saint-Saëns in the 19thcentury into a new context.

The work combines music interpreted by Pekka Kuusisto and other front-row performers with video and text material portraying the destruction brought about by man to create a provocative dialogue.Originally a humorous animal composition for the whole family, the piece takes on a new form in the 21stcentury, which is not suitable for children or the faint-hearted.

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