A Solstice Experience; A Campfire Beacon and Fundraiser

I'm delighted to be working alongside Campfire Convention, artist and larp designer Nina Runa Essendrop and with the very beautiful Lauderdale House in the middle of the stunning Waterlow Park in Highgate North London to create 'A Solstice Experience': a joy filled ritual celebration of the Summer Solstice. This unique magical event is designed as a Solstice Beacon for London, a fundraiser for Campfire Convention and a chance to spread the word about Campfire Convention throughout London...

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Created on 10 Apr 2018

Let’s see what we can create together on these days; let’s re-imagine the world we’d like to live in and get active to make it happen together. 

We are delighted to be able to announce the Solstice Beacon for London.,.. On June 21st we will be gathering at the stunning Lauderdale House, a Tudor Mansion set in the grounds of Waterlow Park in Highgate, North London. 

This is a really special location and we will be marking the longest day of the year with a unique collaboration between Campfire Convention, Psychotherapist and Facilitator Jonathan Goldsmith and Danish Artist and larp designer Nina Runa Essendrop.

Together they will be taking you on a profoundly moving, touching, beautiful and magical journey: 'A Solstice Experience'.

 

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Find out more about Nina's style of larp in this interview...

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I'm working with Nina on creating a special event for the Summer Solstice for Campfire

Find out more about Nina's work in this interview below: 

 

Nina Runa Essendrop is a Danish LARP designer and performance artist who has spent the majority of her life exploring the world through live-action role play. Her LARPs focus on investigating the basic sensory experiences and human emotions that are so common in our everyday lives, yet are so often pushed aside in favor of more rational ideas and actions. Favoring abstract soundscapes over words or dialogue, she encourages her performers and audiences to experience both the joys and sorrows of living through play as a way of preparing for real life outside the theater.

 

Nina is a member of the Nordic Larp community, she has designed and produced LARPs all over the world and collaborated with artists in Europe and the United States. She holds a master’s degree in theatre and dance from the University of Copenhagen.

Laura Anderson: When most people think of LARP, I think they think of people dressing up in costumes to spend a weekend in a sort of Lord of the Rings fantasy. Your art provides a broader definition of what LARP and games can be. Can you describe that and what LARP is beyond that conception?

Nina Runa Essendrop: I think LARP has developed in a lot of different directions, from being mainly fantasy (as you describe) to cover a broad range of fictions, designs and experiences. The kind of LARP I work with is very inspired by dance, performance art and physical theatre. It is more abstract or poetic experiences, using physical tools (such as movements and sensory impressions), than a game to be played or a tool for narrative storytelling.

It is a bit hard for me to give a precise definition of what LARP is today. It can be a lot of different things. It is a lot like children’s play, where everybody agrees to be someone else or to react or interpret their surroundings differently than they normally do. I think an important aspect of LARP is that you play for the sake of your own experience rather than to entertain others, but at the same time, a LARP is always brought to life as a collaboration between the participants within the frame that the LARP’s designer has created.

LARP is almost always immersive because you use your own body to play out the character and situations rather than watching it from a distance. But unlike classic fantasy LARPs, the LARPs I make often create a kind of bodily immersion or immersion into a situation or state of being rather than letting the players immerse into a specific fictional universe.

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