Sami Henrik
Sami Henrik

Tag: acting

Post in a Research Blog

An international peer-reviewed journal ‘Theatre, Dance and Performance Training’ has published a special issue 9. 2. in July 2018 focusing on ‘Training for Immersive, Interactive and Participatory Theatre’. SHH wrote and edited a two-part contribution for the issue.

The first part is published in the TDPT research blog here and it deals with acting technique in participatory and immersive performances.

The post is openly accessible.

(Photo from the performance ‘The Real Health Center’. In the photo: Anna Korolainen and participants. Photographer: Marko Mäkinen)

Post in a TDPT Research Blog

An international peer-reviewed journal ‘Theatre, Dance and Performance Training’ has published a special issue 9. 2. in July 2018 focusing on ‘Training for Immersive, Interactive and Participatory Theatre’. SHH wrote and edited a two-part contribution for the issue.

The first part has been published in the TDPT research blog here. The post is openly accessible.

Research Exposition in NIVEL

A research article by SHH was published in the NIVEL publication on 30. 8. 2017. The publication celebrates the 10 year anniversary of Performing Arts Research Centre Tutke.

You can jump to the exposition here.

The Real Health Center Special Broadcast

Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE broadcasted a special one hour programme about The Real Health Center on Fri 23. 9. at 12.10. 

After the broadcast it can be heard on YLE Areena. You can jump to the programme here.

56th Venice Biennial

SHH participated as an artistic researcher in the 1st Research Pavillion organized by the University of the Arts Helsinki at 56th Venice Biennial in 10 – 20 June 2015.

He wrote about the Biennial to Finnish periodical Voima and its webzine Fifi. You can read the article in Fifi here (in Finnish only).

The World or Enlightenment?

The article published originally in Yoga journal Ananda in May 2014.

The World or Enlightenment?

Acting meets Yoga

This post is about an article for the Finnish Yoga journal Ananda that discusses the benefits of Yoga for acting, considers the differing opinions and cites Grotowski as one theatre practitioner who experimented with Yoga in developing new acting technique. I also talk briefly about my own experience in relation to acting and Yoga.

You can read the article – unfortunately only in Finnish at the moment – here.

About Acting Technique

I have always said that clear technique is the groundstone for all great art. This page is from the world premiere of Kansallissankari (‘The National Hero’) written by Okko Leo and directed by Vihtori Rämä.

Click on the image to open in a bigger window.

10 Very Clear, Logical And Scientific Facts About Artistic Research

Throughout the Autumn I’ve been meaning to write more on artistic research, but there have been just so many thoughts and feelings that it has seemed impossible to write about them in short form.

That’s why I’ll resort to simple, practical and utterly logical solution: A list.

Here goes.

10 Very Clear, Logical And Scientific Facts About Artistic Research

1. All the texts and discussions centre on practice. Nobody has any time for practice because they spend all their time reading the texts about the practice.

2. Artistic research shouldn’t be based on existing scientific or art production models. To justify this approach, you should formulate your artistic research according to existing scientific or art production models.

3. You should be open for artistic research to unfold in unexpected ways, but to know beforehand how it unfolds.

4. PhD / Doctor of Arts is the highest arts degree in Finland. People see it as an end to your career as an artist.

6. You can’t do anything, because everything is potentially a form of oppression. This is the main reason why systems of oppression continue as they were.

7. You should be critical of everything except the system of criticism itself.

8. You should be able to logically formulate why logic really doesn’t work as an overall principle with art (refer to number 2).

9. You should avoid feelings when discussing anything that has to do with feelings.

You said 10? Oh, I did, didn’t I?

There’s always something that is left out, something you can’t grasp, something beyond your control.

There’s also always something that doesn’t make sense. Not everything does. I don’t think everything should.

And these are also the main reasons why I’m still enjoying immensely playing around with this weird thing called artistic research.

But I haven’t stopped acting or dancing (refer to number 4) or doing other weird things. I see artistic research as a truly wonderful way to deepen that practice, may be even any practice. Kind of like life as practice.

This page is for selected ramblings on various subjects ranging from acting techniques to experimental contemporary dance to clubs.

Finnish and English parts of the blog include slightly different posts.