July 23 - August 1, 2021
Château de Belloy Saint-Léonard, France
The Kaimera Lab is a unique opportunity for creative people to come together in a stunning remote location in the French countryside 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.
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 will blend 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.
The setting for the inaugural Kaimera Lab will be the Château de Belloy Saint-Léonard, situated in the serene nature of Picardie in the North of France.
Built at the end of the 18th century on the initiative of the then treasurer of France of the Ancien Régime and now classified as a historic monument, Château de Belloy Saint-Léonard is unique in its blend of historic architecture and original modern style.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Participants will take part in a series of learning modules, through which they will acquire the tools and skills necessary to create work of their own. Learning objectives include:
Essentials of immersive performance
Approach to the creation of site-specific work
Dramaturgy for immersive, participatory, site-specific performance
Engaging audiences in an immersive setting
Exploration of acting and performing skills necessary for participatory, immersive work
Participants will 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 will culminate with a final performance that permits participants to explore all that they learned while presenting their work to residents of the villages surrounding the Château de Belloy-Saint-Léonard.
July 23 - August 1, 2021
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.
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
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.
The training will be facilitated in English, yet artists are encouraged to perform in any language when working on scenes, compositions or the final performance.
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.
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.
"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
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.
The project is presented in collaboration with Libre Acteur.
Training cost: €1700
Food and accommodation: €250-600 (based on your chosen accommodation type, first come first served)
Funding Support: Those in France intending to receive support from Afdas or Pôle emploi, or others applying for funding support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships: Kaimera strives to be as inclusive as possible. For participants not receiving any external financial assistance, as well as for those traveling from afar, we offer scholarships awarded on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to us directly to inquire about these: email@example.com
Transportation: Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the Château, which is approximately 2 hours from Paris. Our team can provide advice on transportation options, as well as arrange pick-up from the Amiens, Abbeville or Longpré-les-Corps-Saints train stations at an additional fee.
Covid-19 Impact and Cancellation Policy
As we observe and assess the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on our work, we make decisions that prioritize the safety of all those who participate in our activities. Should the training be cancelled due to safety concerns, your payment(s) will be refunded in full. If you cancel your participation due to Covid-related health reasons, your payment(s) will be refunded in full upon submission of a medical certificate, excluding non-recoverable costs (e.g. bank charges). If you decide to cancel your participation for any other reason, the deposit payment is non-refundable and all other payment(s) will be refunded, excluding non-recoverable costs.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for the Kaimera Lab are accepted only through the online form below until April 21. Selected participants will hear from us by April 30 at the latest.
For questions related to accessibility, please don't hesitate to reach out to us for information. We are committed to making our activities accessible for everyone and will do our best to make special provisions where needed, in order to best meet your needs.
You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope that you will join us at the Kaimera Lab and connect with artists and creatives from far and wide!
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