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The Kaimera Lab is a unique opportunity for creative people to come together and delve into the processes of creating, producing and presenting new forms of live performance, particularly focusing on work that is immersive, participatory, site-specific and interdisciplinary.

WHAT

The Kaimera Lab is a 10-day intensive training facilitated by members of the core team of Kaimera Productions. Following the company’s approach and methodology, the training blends fully participative skill-building and knowledge-sharing sessions, with ample opportunities for experimentation and evaluation. Aimed at international artists, the Kaimera Lab is  designed for those with prior experience in these approaches, as well as for those getting their first taste.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Participants take part in a series of learning modules, through which they acquire the tools and skills necessary to create work of their own. Learning objectives include: ​​

  1. Essentials of immersive performance

  2. Approach to the creation of site-specific work

  3. Dramaturgy for immersive, participatory, site-specific performance

  4. Engaging audiences in an immersive setting

  5. Exploration of acting and performing skills necessary for participatory, immersive work

 

Participants also have the opportunity to collaborate with one another and experiment with these challenging forms by creating and presenting original immersive experiences of their own.

 

The Kaimera Lab culminates with a final performance that permits participants to explore all that they learned while presenting their work to residents in the area where the Kaimera Lab takes place.

Immersive & Participatory:

Immersive and participatory experiences, which have recently been taking the world by storm, take the audience out of their seats and place them at the center of the playing space. They transform the passive role of the spectator, into that of spect-actor and co-creator who is essential to the action and narrative of the performance. These experiences challenge traditional performance methods and call for a new, more holistic, approach to narrative structure, dramaturgy and ways of performance. At the heart of this training for actors and interdisciplinary performers is the focus on playing with spontaneity and 360° awareness, which is essential when performing in an immersive environment, and when the audience has an integral role within the performance.

 

In-Situ/Site-Specific:

Artists all over the world are taking their work out of traditional venues and into unconventional and public spaces. The Kaimera team, with its international experience of creating work in site-specific locations, does so for two reasons: first, it allows for greater, more diverse audiences, especially those who may not feel that traditional arts spaces are accessible to them; second, these spaces don’t come with pre-existing rules for engagement and behavior, thus opening up infinite possibilities for participation. The Château de Belloy-Saint-Leonard, the site of the training, will provide ample opportunity for participants to experiment with a wide range of indoor and outdoor spaces.

"Simón Adinia Hanukai's workshop was a great learning experience. Each new thing we learned as we went along shed light on what we had previously gone over, so there was a real sense of using building blocks to reach a bigger picture. And each one of those blocks keeps giving as I reuse them in my work today."

Tristan Bruemmer (UK/France),

President of Association Française des Artistes de l'Immersif

FOR WHOM

The training is designed for artists, particularly performing artists (theatre, dance, music, etc.), narrative & experience designers and interdisciplinary artists. Students with a strong track record and commitment are also eligible to apply.

 

Aligned with Kaimera’s goal of using our work to build bridges between citizens of all corners of the world, this training is open to international artists with the aims of creating connections, fostering dialogue, and encouraging collaborations.

LANGUAGE

The training is facilitated in English, yet artists are encouraged to perform in any language when working on scenes, compositions or the final performance.

ABOUT KAIMERA

Kaimera Productions is a live arts company based in New York and Paris, which creates and produces original performances and immersive experiences that blend theatre, music, dance, multimedia and the visual arts. Kaimera’s cross-disciplinary projects are often presented in public spaces and unconventional settings and its work is of international scope, yet simultaneously deeply rooted in the communities we work with. 

"The first workshop I did with Kaimera completely changed my life! After this workshop I decided to concentrate all my work on immersive theater."

Pamina de Hauteclocque (France), Actress and Artistic Director, Mipana Company

With over 20 years of teaching experience, education is an integral part of our work and we lead sessions, workshops and intensives on immersive practice and participatory creation processes to professional artists and cultural organisations, as well as to schools and universities.

Kaimera’s holistic approach to its work is aimed at creating spaces where people can gather in dialogue and engage with the topics at hand, as well as with one another, every step of the way. We deeply believe that the arts are a powerful tool that have the ability to provoke meaningful and durable cultural shifts, and that developing work collaboratively and across borders is essential in order to tackle the rapid changes our world is undergoing. 

Information about the Kaimera Lab 2022 will be available in January 2022!

Email education@kaimeraproductions.com to be among the first to receive the details.

Additional quotes from participants of past Kaimera workshops

“New doors opened for me, and I started to perceive concepts like ‘space', ’story' and ‘action' in a thoroughly performative way. I was amazed at Simón Adinia Hanukai’s great energy and impressed by his ability to communicate (both through words and nonverbally) everything we, the participants, needed to know about immersive artistic approaches. At the beginning of the workshop, it seemed to me I had met an accomplished artist and an excellent teacher. At the end, I knew it for certain.” 

Anda M. Cadariu (Romania), Writer and Academic

“With Kaimera I discovered exciting and very enriching new training techniques, almost non-existent in teaching in France. Simón has the particularity of being very demanding in his teaching while very attentive and of incomparable gentleness and benevolence. This meeting was very important in my career as an actress and enriched my relationship to work.”

Marine Dusehu (France), Actress

“I met Simón Adinia Hanukai at a workshop about immersive theater. His technique helped me find new ways of listening to space and rhythm, new ways of sculpting the space through rhythm and movement; it increased my ability to really ‘listen’ to the environment and to other actors and the energies around; it gave me a whole new vocabulary, based on movement, rhythm and interactions.”

Adeline Moreau (France), Actress