The Real Health Center: A Workshop

This workshop was realised in August 2017. 

The workshop teaches theory and especially practice of participatory and immersive performances. 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. Immersive performances are usually understood as performances that immerse the spectator in the stage setting of a performance, but understood in a larger context it means performances that challenge the traditional position of a spectator in a performance.

This workshop gives you tools to design these performances by using as a case study a participatory and immersive performance ’The Real Health Center’, which was realized one year ago in the same environment where the workshop also now happens.

The workshop focuses on the design and especially the performing in participatory and immersive 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 and as an independent agent

The workshop happens in an urban forest. You can get there by a direct bus connection from the center. There is a hiking lodge near-by where you can buy food and find a toilet. If the weather turns bad part of the workshop can be moved indoors. The workshop is a second artistic part of Haapala’s doctoral thesis which means parts of it will be documented for research use.

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 before registering.

Registration and payment: Both happen at the same time at The Center for Everything webshop at

Time and place: Wed 23. 8. – Fri 25. 8. 2017 at 4pm – 8pm and Sat 26. 8. at 2pm – 6pm at the vicinity of Paloheinä hiking lodge in Helsinki. The first meeting place will be announced when you register.

Price: 90 €

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