Immersive Theatre Workshop

The workshop teaches theory and especially practice of immersive and participatory performances.

Immersive performances are usually understood as performances that immerse the audience in the stage setting of a performance, but understood in a larger context it means performances that challenge the traditional position of the audience in a performance. Participatory performances point to a wide variety of performances that use f. e. the tools of game design and activism to expand the traditional concept of performance.

The workshop focuses on the design and especially the performing in immersive and participatory performances.

It teaches you to
– Take the context of a performance and concretely use it as part of the artistic work
– Consider the political dimensions of participatory performances
– Game design in performing arts
– Mechanisms of participation
– Negotiation of intimacy and boundaries
– Multisensory performing technique in relation to a participant
– Sensing and understanding the environment as shaper of meaning

FOR WHOM: The workshop is meant especially for professionals and students of performing arts. If you are not part of these send a short motivation letter to sami@centerforeverything.com before registering.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT: Both happen at the same time at The Center for Everything webshop at

holvi.com/shop/everything

TIME:

Due to the situation with the coronavirus the workshop from spring 2020 has been postponed until autumn 2020. 

PLACE: Eskus – Performance Center, Puhdistamo (building n:o 6) 2. fl. Street address: Kaasutehtaankatu 1/33, Helsinki, Finland.

PRICE: 100 €

TEACHER: Sami Henrik Haapala is an actor FIA, dancer, live art maker, an anthropologist and a dj. They have produced, directed and performed close to 20 years both in institutions and as a freelancer in Finland and abroad. They’re currently finishing their artistic doctoral thesis in the Theatre Academy at the University of the Arts Helsinki with a focus on immersive and participatory performances. They are the artistic director of The Center for Everything.

www.samihenrik.me

FEEDBACK ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:

‘I was really happy with the course – it was really good as a whole, which inspired both to make work and reflect on one’s choices and also to discuss and follow what goes on in relation to immersive theatre. In terms of the balance between content and time used it was probably one of my most rewarding workshop experiences ever’.

(Photo from a performance ‘Supreme Beings’. Photo: Arttu Nieminen.)

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