Bizarre. Curious. Contemporary. Absurd. Gentle. Raw. Immersive. Site-specific.
Recover Laboratory is an art company led by three multi-talented professionals from Finland. The company combines contemporary circus and contemporary art to create immersive experiences. We ask you to stop and experience art fully, in your own pace and your own way. The delightfully bizarre, even absurd, immersive shows often take the form of a labyrinth – and sometimes they don’t. As an audience member, you are invited to step inside, find your way, make your choices, and create your own experience.
Recover Laboratory is a multi art company from Helsinki, Finland. We create unique performances, art experiences and immersive worlds with contemporary circus, art, music, and other medias. Our artworks are site-specific, enormous labyrinth-like mega-performances, children’s immersive wonderlands, or smaller performances for traditional stages.
Our core team consists of Miradonna Sirkka, Inna Huttunen and Sofi Häkkinen, who design all the art works and productions of Recover Laboratory. Sofi, Inna and Miradonna share an optimistic and determined mindset. If we don’t know what to do, we will find out.
We build frameworks where we – along with the audience – can explore the world and being in the world. A reason behind our artworks is honesty; connecting with people in the freedom provided by art. Anything is possible in our art works; just like everything is possible in an ordinary day. We see the extraordinary in nothingness.
Your experience with us can be gentle or harsh, bizarre or detached, challenging or soft; it can go as far as you want. Let’s go together.
You are the experiencer!
You are the artwork,
You are the poem;
the electricity, the scenery, the experience.
You are the cold,
the touch and the shiver.
They say Miradonna is an entity; she is water, that has many forms depending on the environment.
Miradonna loves sports and arts. She has a terrible tattoo on her ankle that says “cirque”.
Miradonna has things under control, but at the same time there is nothing to have under control. Or maybe control doesn’t exist in the first place. Miradonna is a rough thinker who draws broad lines; she is a circus philosopher who questions her field and re-invents it constantly.
As a thinker and an idealist, Miradonna challenges people to be honest to themselves. She believes in free love, and always sees the parts in people that they try to hide.
A master in analyzing emotions, Miradonna might unexpectedly ask you enormous questions. She is not afraid to ask for help or attention.
Miradonna is ashamed of everything and nothing at the same time.
In Recover Laboratory Miradonna takes care of what performers do, and why they do it. She also performs herself, thinks, writes and oversees the big picture.
Her glance penetrates. Sofi is a dynamic and an innovative tinkerer, who turns any material into anything.
Sofi combines plastic, glue, humour, horror, terror, and laughs at all that in silence. She is shy and hides in dark corners, like a vampire. This particular vampire’s mind lives in tropical palm island paradises.
Sofi is effective, a fast thinker and an unconditional creator, who survives in very difficult environments with her neverending ideas. The vampire sees beauty in trash, and gathers garbage and junk in her chilly cellar-studio, where she builds bizarre artworks.
Sofi is a Master of Art. She sees and remembers things that others don’t, and uses them where no one expects it. She never reveals that much, even if you ask.
In Recover Laboratory Sofi is in charge on how everything looks, feels and is. She pairs up with Miradonna to make the art happen in the labyrinth. She also thinks, writes, builds, destroys, gives orders and beer to everyone.
Inna has a big heart and big ideas.
She has some kind of superpowers in her bubbly core.
Inna is genuinely interested in every individual and she believes in you even when you don’t. Inna is the sunshine that flows into the dark caves, and gives them a sparkle that doesn’t go out. She always notices if something is not right.
She demands a lot and does it with a smile on her face. In return she gives everything for the ones she works with. She is a deep conversationalist, who questions everything and wants to make the world a better place.
Inna is a creative storyteller and a fearless visionaire. Inna has a unique degree on Experience Management from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences and she produces and designs grande multisensory, immersive art mayhems. You might have heard about the Escape Train, a 13 hr immersive theatre and escape game show set on a speeding train? Yep, experience designed by Inna.
She is the epitome of “Recover Spirit”, and the blood beating through the veins of the labyrinth, making sure everything and everyone is ok.
In addition to this core trio, we have a wide network of professionals working with us in and the team is always re-formed by the needs of the performance space. Every productions crew depends on a space where we are working. First we come to the space and then we start thinking about the script and what could work in the space. Please see the full crew on each production’s own site.
We are constantly seeking for artworks that are suitable for Recover Laboratory labyrinths.