The Center for Everything is a performing arts company founded in 2015. It continues the artistic work previously realised under the names The Lost City Inc. and Experience Parks. The artistic actions of the company emerge from performing arts, but aim to challenge habitual practices of art. At the moment this comes about by creating diverse audience relationships, combining art and science, mixing art and technology and developing artistically challenging game design.
Sami Henrik Haapala (Samee Haapa) is a producer, director, performer, artistic researcher and a dj. In addition to having degrees in both acting (FIA) and dance they also hold a BA in Cultural Anthropology. They have worked over 20 years as a producer, director and performer both in Finland and internationally, both in institutions and as a freelancer.
They are also a doctoral candidate in artistic research at the Performing Arts Research Centre Tutke in the University of the Arts Helsinki. The focus of their doctoral research is performing in immersive and game performances.
They are the artistic director of The Center for Everything.
Kaisa Kemikoski is a Finnish costume designer and costumer. Her MA graduate collection won “The best of the best” competition at Aalto University in Helsinki. Since then Kemikoski has worked in the performing arts scene over 20 years designing costumes both for traditional and contemporary productions with a focus on contemporary circus and dance. On her list of achievements there are also book and album cover illustrations.
Laura Sorvari is a dance artist, care worker and a performer in between Turku, Helsinki and Berlin. Sorvari has been working mainly in the field of dance and performance art as a freelancer and as well as with classical and contemporary music and music theatre. Sorvari has experience working with different groups of participants, including participants with disability and autism. Sorvari is part of the sex-positive queer community in Helsinki.
Eero Tiainen is VR director and immersive experience designer with a passion for creating transformative experiences. His work combines dramaturgy, game design and experience design in the forms of XR media and immersive theatre. Tiainen leads productions and offers consultancy also in his production company Avatar’s Journey Travel Agency. Tiainen is an active member in the board of directors in Finnish Virtual Reality Association FIVR and in the research group Aalto Virtual Cinema Lab.
He encourages alternative ways of engaging with art by creating games and participatory performances in collaboration with museums and art galleries. His practice inspires critical thinking around issues and ideas that span a broad spectrum of social life: from race and class to social memory and interpersonal dynamics.
He moved to Finland in 2017 to pursue an MA in Live Art and Performance Studies at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki.
There are also seven associate members.