Our main discipline and the core of Recover Laboratory is a multisensory and immersive art labyrinth. It is an interdisciplinary production, born in the steamy crossroads of contemporary art and contemporary circus. The site-specific labyrinth is done annually in new spaces, always as a new individual production, often under the ground. It is designed to draw the viewer’s thoughts into the deep unknown. It is a personal experience where every viewer can submerge themselves in their own desired way. A surreal air hangs over the artworks.
We are not currently performing the labyrinth, but it can be rebuilt anytime. Have a look at the previous labyrinths here.
Helsinki, Under the ground
A metallic cube stands alone in the middle of a park. You open one of its heavy doors, and as you step inside, a soft breath of misty air surrounds you. You walk down the stairs. On the hundredth step it really starts to feel like you are deep under the ground. Your breath evaporates in the dimly lit rooms. A curious creature squirms in the ceiling. Sometimes the light is bright, sometimes low. You turn a corner, and meet tender eyes; a soft touch; slow motion, and speeding time. You have entered the labyrinth.
Underneath, a new art experience by Recover Laboratory, invited you to come under the ground and into yourself. It was an unforgettable, absurd journey to all things humane and being a human, set in a public shelter in Meilahti, Helsinki. Here, you could escape the heavy weight of reality into a parallel dimension, underneath everything.
The artwork took the form of a labyrinth under the ground. It is filled with art, circus, teather, sound, light, video, music and anything else. All the individual artworks came together underneath the ground and underneath the skin, and create an ever-expanding holistic world, where everything is important. You can look, you can join, you can touch, you can feel, examine or withdraw.
Everyone enters alone. Only this exact moment exists, and alongside it an eternal fascination.
Underneath was created in a public shelter in Meilahti, in collaboration with the Rescue Department of Helsinki. The space, mined into bedrock, is used a shelter in case of an emergency for the people living in the area. Now, it transformed into a shelter for the Recover Laboratory Beings, who lived in their strange freedom and their strange world inside the cave for a few months in the winter of 2018.
1200 people experienced Underneath during the three month performance period.
I feel like I just came from another world. Somehow though being inside felt more real than now sitting here.
A viewer
This experience made me feel alive.
A viewer
Shakening. I wish I could encounter everything in life, like in here. Just to fall and trust. If one day I would forget the power of kindness, empathy and openness, I will try to remember this.
A viewer
I’ve been waiting that I would get a holistic and a strong artistic and emotional experience in Finland. Finally, I got it.
A viewer

Direction and artistic direction: Miradonna Sirkka and Sofi Häkkinen
Production and experience design: Inna Huttunen

Iida-Liina Linnea
Emmi Myrskog
Anna Kankila
Aleksi Kinnunen
Samuli Kivelä
Hedda Liukkala
Riku Nieminen
Anna Pesonen

Production assistant: Emmi Myrskog
Sound design: Samuli Kivelä, Aleksi Kinnunen
Set and technical crew: Sofi Häkkinen, Inna Huttunen, Anna Pesonen, Mia Rantavaara, Martta Jylhä
Photos and videos: Iida-Liina Linnea, Aleksi Hornborg
(Suomenlinna adaptation)
Helsinki, Suomenlinna (FIN)
Viaporin Kekri 4.–5.11.2017
Spleen (french) is the melancholy of a modern (privileged) human; a collective and simultaneously excruciatingly private feeling. It is a form of boredom, sorrow, detachment, helplessness and insignificance; parallel to an ongoing, permanent, personal catastrophe. It is grey and deep blue, almost black but never quite.
Recover Laboratory's Joy of Spleen was an immersive live-installation, a ritual-like performance flowing into the tunnels of Suomenlinna Castle Island.
It was inspired by Baudelaire’s melancholy poetics of spleen, spreading into the tunnels of Suomenlinna as pathways, covered in various kinds of artworks, circus and art performances, video, immersive installations, light and live sound lead and mislead the audience towards the center of spleen.
And in the center, there is stillness.
Read more at Kulttuurikuuri blog (in Finnish).
Written by: Sofi Häkkinen & Riku Nieminen
Direction: Miradonna Sirkka
Artistic Direction: Sofi Häkkinen
Production & Experience Management: Inna Huttunen
Performers: Hedda Liukkala, Iida-Liina Linnea, Aleksi Kinnunen, Samuli Kivelä, Miradonna Sirkka, Anna Kankila, Riku Nieminen

Set Crew & Technical Execution: Sofi Häkkinen, Anna Pesonen, Inna Huttunen
Video Design: Sofi Häkkinen
Light Design: Sofi Häkkinen, Inna Huttunen
Sound Design: Samuli Kivelä, Aleksi Kinnunen, Mika Jokela
Costume Design: Hanna Herva

Special Thanks: Paula Lappalainen / Suomenlinnan hoitokunta, Violeta Salonen, Nhi Cao, Mella Pesonen, Ella Sinisalo, Henna, Elvia Sultana, Satu Anonen, Marika Zinchenko, Maria Salonen, ,Anna Suonsyrjä, Aarne Saarinen, Rapa Ripa, Jonne Harja, Eva Korhonen, Sirkuksen tiedotuskeskus, Agnes Kaszas / InsideOut Escape Games, Pasi Warsell / Cirko - Uuden sirkuksen keskus, Ropsi, Jaakko Törmänen, Bright Finland, K-rauta, Ville Hakulinen, Mika Jokela, Suomen Puolustusvoimat
An experience, that even a week later still leaves you partly wordless. I was surprised about the magnitude of the sensations that the performance evoked. I was relaxed, forgot about the outside world, and truly got absorbed in the absurd world of the performance.
A blogger,
I left the experience in an altered state of consciousness than when I entered. Really powerful!
A viewer
World premiere
Stockholm, Kummelholmen (SE)
Stockholm Fringe Festival 6.–9.9.2017
Spleen (french) is the melancholy of a modern (privileged) human; a collective and simultaneously excruciatingly private feeling. It is a form of boredom, sorrow, detachment, helplessness and insignificance; parallel to an ongoing, permanent, personal catastrophe. It is grey and deep blue, almost black but never quite.
The first international Recover show had its premier in an old heating factory in Sweden during Stockholm Fringe Festival 2017. The show was nominated for the Grand Prix out of 100 performances from 32 countries. The wild and ambitious attitude of the crew resulted in the group being awarded for their Festival Spirit.
Written by: Sofi Häkkinen
Direction and Artistic Direction: Sofi Häkkinen & Miradonna Sirkka
Production & Experience Management: Inna Huttunen

Performers: Hedda Liukkala, Iida-Liina Linnea, Aleksi Kinnunen, Samuli Kivelä, Miradonna Sirkka, Mika Jokela

Set Crew & Technical Execution: Sofi Häkkinen, Anna Pesonen, Mika Jokela, Mia Rantavaara, Inna Huttunen
Visiting Video Artist: Hinni Huttunen
Video Design: Anna Björklund, Sofi Häkkinen
Light Design: Mika Jokela, Sofi Häkkinen, Anna Pesonen, Inna Huttunen
Sound Design: Samuli Kivelä, Aleksi Kinnunen, Mika Jokela, Jaakko Törmänen
Costume Design: Hanna Herva

Very Special thanks to: Åbo Svenska Teatern, Cirko - Uuden sirkuksen keskus, Sirkusinfo, Finlands Institutet, Serot, Materialshop, Viking Line, InsideOut Escape Games, Mattolaituri, Anni Metsälehto, Iinu Torniainen, Annemari Kiviniemi, Pasi Warsell, Ropsi, Jaakko Törmänen, Onni Boi, Maiju Saarimaa, Riku Nieminen, Jenny ja Jimi, Anna Björklund, Heidi Hellsten, Thelma, Jukka Häkkinen, Ville Hakulinen, STOFF2017, Kummelholmen: Jan Watteus & Thorbjörn Johansson, Orion Theatre, Kungliga Konsthögskolan
I hope you somehow know what you did to me. I will never forget this experience.
Jury member, Stockholm Fringe Festival
You are exactly the kind of people, why we wanted to make this festival happen.
Organizer, Stockholm Fringe Festival
Helsinki, Suomenlinna (FIN)
Viaporin Kekri, 5.11.2016
Recover Laboratory X Suomenlinna consisted of Creutz Edition and Riffle Edition.
The Creutz Edition slithered in the tunnels of Caponier Blomcreutz. It was a holistic labyrinth combining contemporary art and circus - a search for the essence of freedom. The constant, continuous movement of the performance created a story of the conflict of freedom and imprisonment strengthening the experience of the underground. The Riffle Edition was located in the old Riffle Gallery. It was an interactive audiovisual installation. Drawing from the essence of individual as a part of bigger entirety, it invites the guest to leave their mark in the interactive artwork.
Director: Miradonna Sirkka
Artistic Director: Sofi Häkkinen
Producer: Inna Huttunen

Video Design: Anna Björklund
Visiting artist: Jesse Avdeikov
Sound & Light: Jaakko Törmänen, Sofi Häkkinen, Otto Mikkonen
Costume Design: Hanna Herva
Performers: Anna Kankila, Ilkka Virkkunen, Ramona Reinvall, Miradonna Sirkka, Hundu
Director: Miradonna Sirkka
Artistic Director: Sofi Häkkinen
Producer: Inna Huttunen

Video & Light Design: Anna Björklund, Inna Huttunen, Sofi Häkkinen

Music & performer: Samuli Kivelä

Thank You: Katja Meriläinen, Cao Nhi, Ta Thi Kanh Chi, Mt Abu Hanif, Riikka Ojala, Jukka Ahonlehti, Hanna Herva, Jaakko Törmänen, Mia Rantavaara, Lauri Vanhatalo, Henri Honkanen, Pyry Arkimaa, Jesse Avdeikov, Otto Mikkonen, Hanna Herva
Helsinki, Viikinmäki Waste Water Treatment Plant (FIN)
Now, as the doors close behind you, you might realize being here in this conscious entirety all by yourself. You are one of the many strangers taking this path. From a certain point of view we are all strangers on this planet. As lucky and appreciative creatures, we have the freedom of thinking. Freedom to think and understand our choices. We don’t know why we are here, what we are here for or how long we are going to be here. We can still find ways to enjoy our short insignificant lives. From the very beginning of our lives we are facing restrictions and rules, that the other strangers have made up for us. We are here to break this construct. By changing the perspective we might notice that our most natural instincts are suppressed in the name of morals and laws. In our minds we have to build shelters to survive in this net of rules and laws to protect our free minds and souls. Shelters made of predetermined routine and loneliness when surrounded by people. Now you have the freedom to let go. Here you, we, all of us are alone. To understand why we are.
Read more at Helsingin Uutiset (in Finnish), (in Finnish), or at Lights & Music blog (in Finnish).
Director: Miradonna Sirkka
Artistic Director: Sofi Häkkinen
Production: Miradonna Sirkka & Sofi Häkkinen

Light Design: Alina Pajula
Sound Design: Jaakko Törmänen, Samuli Kivelä & Otto Mikkonen
Video Design: Anna Björklund & Anna-Mari Nousiainen
Costume Design: Hanna Herva.

Performers: Anna Valpuri Kankila, Hedda Liukkala, Miradonna Sirkka, Ilkka Virkkunen, Pauliina Toivio, Maiju Saarimaa & Miikka Kauppinen, Heidi Miikki & Jenny Mansikkasalo, Alina Pajula, Inna Huttunen, Sofi Häkkinen, Ramona Reinvall, Annemari Kiviniemi, Sonja Silvander, Myrsky Rönkä

In collaboration with: Helsingin seudun ympäristöpalvelut - kuntayhtymä HSY
Special thanks to: Suomen kulttuurirahasto, Taike, Åbo Svenska Teatern, Teatterikorkeakoulu, Sonic Pump Studios,, Woods Helsinki, Sirkus Unioni, Woltti sirkus, Anni Metsälehto, Inna Huttunen, Annemari Kiviniemi, Mia Rantavaara, Outi Heikkinen, Anna Pesonen, Sara Vertanen, Sara Mörö, Iida-Liina Linnea, Mika Alatalo, Lauri Vanhatalo, Jarkko Laaksonen, Mika Jokela
Even though I felt first reserved, this was by far the best promenade show I have seen in Helsinki
Light & music -blogger at
Recover Laboratory is a show of an international level, and very unique for many reasons.
Turku, Waste Water Treatment Plant of Kakolanmäki (FIN)
This was the second edition of Recover Laboratory - an experiential contemporary circus and art performance. It was held in May 2015 in the water treatment plant of the city Turku in Finland. The series of performances took place in an underground cave complex of the water treatment plant beneath the river Aura. Ten separate shows were organised, and each evening of the performance was sold out.

Director: Miradonna Sirkka
Artistic Director: Sofi Häkkinen
Producer: Emilia Hiltunen

Sound Design: Otto Mikkonen
Video Design: Anna Björklund & Sofi Häkkinen
Light Engineering: Visa Niemelä

Performers: Pauliina Toivio, Ramona Reinvall, Ilkka Virkkunen, Myrsky Rönkä, Heidi Miikki, Lida Kuusisto

In collaboration with: Turku Waste Water Treatment Plant, Kakolanmäki, and staff
Special thanks to: Åbo Svenska Teatern, Turun ammattikorkeakoulu, Stadin ammattiopisto,Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu
Turku, Köysiteatteri (FIN)
The first ever done Recover Laboratory labyrinth, where the journey started.

Direction, script, and everything else: Miradonna Sirkka
Performers: Pauliina Toivio, Nina Ervasti, Myrsky Rönkä, Maiju Saarimaa, Ilkka Virkkunen, Nea Kolehmainen
Music: Otto Mikkonen
Set construction: Pinja Junninen

Thank you: Lauri Tuhkanen, Hedda Liukkala, Ville Saarikoski, Emilia Hiltunen