The sauna is an important institution in Finland, seen as a necessity as opposed to a luxury. We're lighting the stove + inviting you to join us for a traditional Finnish wood-fired sauna in a converted horse trailer. Spend an hour or two with us at WARMTH, exploring the sauna as both a social space and an immersive sensory environment.
Learn the art of making löyly
Use a birch or eucalyptus vihta
80c temperature approx
Bring a towel
Croc-style slippers provided
Outdoor cold shower to cool down
Children must be accompanied
WARMTH creates a safe space to spend time, have conversations, and challenge preconceptions about the performance of the body in public.
WARMTH is built in a converted horse trailer using Finnish timber and an Estonian wood-burning stove, taking inspiration from the Mobile Sauna Festival in Finland, the US-based DS Institute Mobile Sauna, and research trips to the Sauna Arla, Kotiharjun Sauna, Finnish Sauna Society + Kulttuurisauna in Helsinki.
WARMTH has been commissioned by Compass Live Art and is supported by Arts Council England. We are working with Compass Live Art throughout 2016 to develop WARMTH as an experimental performance space, launching in Leeds as part of Compass Live Art Festival in November 2016.
Bethany Wells is a professional performance designer working across dance, theatre and installation. With a background in architecture she is particularly interested in spatial dramaturgy + how space communicates in performance. Bethany Wells sees design as a form of activism; she is interested in exploring what can be achieved politically and socially by the collective live experience of performance.