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13. - 15. Jun

Multimedia Performance Birth of the River Emajõgi

18:00 - 23:55

Tartu city | Emajõe Lodjakoda

  • Film
  • Theatre
  • Other
30 - 50 €


Birth of the River Emajõgi is a multimedia performance that mixes natural and human sounds with contemporary music, nature documentary, animations and choreography. Its protagonist is the River Emajõgi – a central symbol and feature of South Estonia – as well as the lore and history linked to it.

In a metaphorical sense, the performance evokes connections between the concepts of ‘river’ and ‘motherhood’, presenting the river as a life-giving and life-carrying force. The soundscape created for the performance by composer Märt-Matis Lill is based on nature sounds, enhanced by studio recordings by members of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. The performance also features the orchestra’s percussionists, a chamber choir, soloist singers, actors, electronic instruments and a zither. Visually, it represents a mythopoetic journey from a river’s source to mouth; the narrative is conveyed as nature documentary that observes and follows the Emajõgi from its source in Lake Pühajärv to its mouth in Lake Peipus, capturing historical changes as well as seasonal variations.

Director: Margus Kasterpalu

Artistic director: Kristjan Suits

Video art: Taavi Varm

Nature documentary: Remek Meel

Choreography: Ingmar Jõela

A dedicated performance environment (for an audience of 320) will be built in the boat-building dome of the Barge Hall on the bank of the river Emajõgi. Performance duration is 90 minutes.

Multimedia Performance Birth of the River Emajõgi is part of the Creative Nature Festival, organised by the University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden in cooperation with partners across Estonia.

The festival belongs to the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 main programme.


Tartu Ülikooli loodusmuuseum ja botaanikaaed


Ujula 98, Tartu, Tartu maakond, Eesti

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