How do you teach Emajõgi to dance?
Are brooks children of rivers, seas their parents and oceans grandmothers? When a sea is foaming and boiling, is it dissatisfied with the report cards brought home by its children rivers or has its grandmother ocean angered it with its eternal, napping-in-a-rocking-chair calm?
What does a river’s voice sound like? How do you hear it and who do you turn to for its advice? Do you ask the bridges who guard the river or the old white willows bending over its waters? Do you ask the whitefish, breams, tenches and perches who swim down the river like a line of notes, each sounding the bridge’s strings on their own note? Is that the river’s voice?
If it is, one can only gather that quite often has it reason to sing and rejoice, when running by the silvery willow kingdoms and flowering apple gardens. And when one is that joyful and sings, even wooden rocking horses might feel blood pulsating in their knees.
But how do you teach a river to dance?
Come to Tartu Hanseatic Days and watch a never-before-seen experiment where hundreds of dancers show steps to the Emajõgi river and invite it to dance. Such a wonder of the world should make for enough tales for generations to come.
River Town is open:
Friday, 22 July, 10.00-20.00
Saturday, 23 July, 10.00-20.00
Sunday, 24 July, 10.00-17.00