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LABYRINTHS

Our main discipline and the core of Recover Laboratory is a multisensory and immersive art labyrinth. It is an interdisciplinary production, born in the steamy crossroads of contemporary art and contemporary circus. The site-specific labyrinth is always created in interesting and unconventional spaces, always as a new individual production. Our philosophy is, that the space is the first performer and the artwork is always built around it. We have created labyrinths in an old factory, an air raid shelter, ancient stone tunnels and waste water treatment plants.

The labyrinth is designed to draw the participant's thoughts into the deep unknown, turning the focus to oneself. It is a personal experience where everyone can submerge themselves in their own desired way, and decide how far they want to take the experience. As one makes their way through the surreal labyrinth, they encounter performers, interactive artworks, live installations and other scenes with music, dance, performance art and much more.

Have a look at the previous labyrinths here.

2018: UNDERNEATH

Helsinki FIN / Under the ground in an air raid shelter

26.9.-19.12.2018

Underneath was created in a public shelter in Meilahti, in collaboration with the Rescue Department of Helsinki. The space, mined into bedrock, is used a shelter in case of an emergency for the people living in the area. Recover Laboratory transformed the shelter into a surreal parallel universe in the winter of 2018.

1200 people experienced Underneath during the three month performance period.

Read more here.

I feel like I just came from another world. Somehow though being inside felt more real than now sitting here.
– A viewer
Shaking. I wish I could encounter everything in life like I did in here. Just to fall and trust. If one day I would forget the power of kindness, empathy and openness, I will try to remember this.
– A viewer
I’ve been waiting that I would get a holistic and a strong artistic and emotional experience in Finland. Finally I got it.
– A viewer

2017: JOY OF SPLEEN

Kummelholmen, Stockholm SWE & Suomenlinna, Helsinki FIN

2017

Spleen (french) is the melancholy of a modern (privileged) human; a collective and simultaneously excruciatingly private feeling. It is a form of boredom, sorrow, detachment, helplessness and insignificance; parallel to an ongoing, permanent, personal catastrophe. It is grey and deep blue, almost black but never quite.

And in the center, there is stillness.

Recover Laboratory's Joy of Spleen was an immersive multi-artistic live-installation, a ritual-like performance performed in Stockholm Fringe in Sweden and Viaporin Kekri in Finland. In Stockholm the immersive experience was built into Kummelholmen, an old heating factory, and in Helsinki the artwork flowed through the ancient tunnels of Suomenlinna fortress island.

In Stockholm Fringe the show was nominated for the Grand Prix out of 100 performances from 32 countries. The wild and ambitious attitude of the crew resulted in the group being awarded for their Festival Spirit.

Joy of Spleen Crew

DirectionSofi Häkkinen, Miradonna Sirkka
Production & experience designInna Huttunen
Written bySofi Häkkinen & Riku Nieminen
PerformingHedda Liukkala, Iida-Liina Linnea, Aleksi Kinnunen, Samuli Kivelä, Miradonna Sirkka, Anna Kankila, Riku Nieminen
Set Crew & Technical ExecutionSofi Häkkinen, Anna Pesonen, Inna Huttunen, Mia Rantavaara
Video DesignSofi Häkkinen, Anna Björklund
Light DesignSofi Häkkinen, Inna Huttunen, Mika Jokela
Sound DesignSamuli Kivelä, Aleksi Kinnunen, Mika Jokela, Jaakko Törmänen
Costume DesignHanna Herva
Thank youPaula Lappalainen / Suomenlinnan hoitokunta, Violeta Salonen, Nhi Cao, Mella Pesonen, Ella Sinisalo, Henna, Elvia Sultana, Satu Anonen, Marika Zinchenko, Maria Salonen, Anna Suonsyrjä, Aarne Saarinen, Rapa Ripa, Jonne Harja, Eva Korhonen, Sirkuksen tiedotuskeskus, Agnes Kaszas, Pasi Warsell, Ropsi, Jaakko Törmänen, Bright Finland, K-rauta, Ville Hakulinen, Mika Jokela, Suomen Puolustusvoimat, Åbo Svenska Teatern, Cirko - Uuden sirkuksen keskus, Sirkusinfo, Finlands Institutet, Serot, Materialshop, Viking Line, InsideOut Escape Games, Mattolaituri, Anni Metsälehto, Iinu Torniainen, Annemari Kiviniemi, Onni Boi, Maiju Saarimaa, Riku Nieminen, Jenny ja Jimi, Anna Björklund, Heidi Hellsten, Thelma, Jukka Häkkinen, STOFF2017, Kummelholmen: Jan Watteus & Thorbjörn Johansson, Orion Theatre, Kungliga Konsthögskolan.
An experience, that even a week later still leaves you partly wordless. I was surprised about the magnitude of the sensations that the performance evoked. I was relaxed, forgot about the outside world, and truly got absorbed in the absurd world of the performance.
– A blogger, www.kulttuurikuuri.fi
I left the experience in an altered state of consciousness than when I entered. Really powerful!
– A viewer
I hope you somehow know what you did to me. I will never forget this experience.
– Jury member, Stockholm Fringe Festival

2016: RECOVER LABORATORY

Helsinki, Viikinmäki Waste Water Treatment Plant (FIN)

Summer 2016

We created a 2 km long journey under the ground in the huge caves under a waster water treatment plant in Viikinmäki in Helsinki. The art-labyrinth was a holistic multidisciplinary performance, that still carried the name Recover Laboratory back then. After this performance we formed the Recover Laboratory organization, taking the original name of the labyrinth for our multi-artistic company.

Recover Laboratory in Viikinmäki was a continuum for Recover Laboratory in Turku, the previous year. Themes of breaking the fourth wall, connecting with the audience, creating an immersive environment and giving the audience the responsibility for their own experience were in the core of this production.

Read more about the labyrinth in Viikinmäki at Helsingin Uutiset (in Finnish), City.fi (in Finnish), or at Lights & Music blog (in Finnish).

2016 Recover Laboratory Crew

DirectionMiradonna Sirkka
Artistic DirectionSofi Häkkinen
ProductionSofi Häkkinen, Miradonna Sirkka
PerformingAnna Valpuri Kankila, Hedda Liukkala, Miradonna Sirkka, Ilkka Virkkunen, Pauliina Toivio, Maiju Saarimaa & Miikka Kauppinen, Heidi Miikki & Jenny Mansikkasalo, Alina Pajula, Inna Huttunen, Sofi Häkkinen, Ramona Reinvall, Annemari Kiviniemi, Sonja Silvander, Myrsky Rönkä
Set Crew & Technical ExecutionSofi Häkkinen, Anna Pesonen, Inna Huttunen, Mia Rantavaara
Video DesignSofi Häkkinen, Anna Björklund, Annamari Nousiainen
Sound DesignSamuli Kivelä, Aleksi Kinnunen, Mika Jokela, Jaakko Törmänen, Otto Mikkonen, Sofi Häkkinen
Light DesignAlina Pajula
Costume DesignHanna Herva
In collaboration withHelsingin seudun ympäristöpalvelut - kuntayhtymä HSY
Thank youSuomen kulttuurirahasto, Taike, Åbo Svenska Teatern, Teatterikorkeakoulu, Sonic Pump Studios, 24Rent.fi, Woods Helsinki, Sirkus Unioni, Woltti sirkus, Anni Metsälehto, Inna Huttunen, Annemari Kiviniemi, Mia Rantavaara, Outi Heikkinen, Anna Pesonen, Sara Vertanen, Sara Mörö, Iida-Liina Linnea, Mika Alatalo, Lauri Vanhatalo, Jarkko Laaksonen, Mika Jokela
Even though I felt first reserved, this was by far the best promenade show I have seen in Helsinki
– Light & music -blogger at lily.fi
Recover Laboratory is a show of an international level, and very unique for many reasons.
– City.fi

2015: RECOVER LABORATORY

Turku, Waste Water Treatment Plant of Kakolanmäki (FIN)

This was the second edition of Recover Laboratory - an experiential contemporary circus and art performance. It was held in May 2015 in the water treatment plant of the city Turku in Finland. The series of performances took place in an underground cave complex of the water treatment plant beneath the river Aura. Ten separate shows were organised, and each evening of the performance was sold out.

2015 Recover Laboratory Crew

DirectionMiradonna Sirkka
Artistic DirectionSofi Häkkinen
ProductionEmilia Hiltunen
PerformingPauliina Toivio, Ramona Reinvall, Ilkka Virkkunen, Myrsky Rönkä, Heidi Miikki, Lida Kuusisto
Video DesignSofi Häkkinen, Anna Björklund
Sound DesignOtto Mikkonen
Light EngineeringVisa Niemelä
In collaboration withKakolanmäki Waste Water Treatment Plant, Turku
Thank youÅbo Svenska Teatern, Turun ammattikorkeakoulu, Stadin ammattiopisto,Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu, staff at Kakolanmäki

2014: RECOVER LABORATORY

Köysiteatteri, Turku (FIN)

The first ever Recover Laboratory art labyrinth, where the idea was born and the journey started.

2014 Recover Laboratory Crew

Direction, script, production, artistic designMiradonna Sirkka
PerformingPauliina Toivio, Nina Ervasti, Myrsky Rönkä, Maiju Saarimaa, Ilkka Virkkunen, Nea Kolehmainen
Sound DesignOtto Mikkonen
Set constructionPinja Junninen
Thank youLauri Tuhkanen, Hedda Liukkala, Ville Saarikoski, Emilia Hiltunen