We haven’t decided yet what we’re going to do about guests of honour in 2018, but these are the people who showcased their wonderful larp designs for us in 2017:
Nina Runa Essendrop is a Danish larp designer with a masters degree in Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. She has a strong focus on movement, sensory experiences and the meaning of physical action. Nina is an active player in the Nordic Larp community. She has designed and produced blackbox larps, freeform games, large scale-larps and larp festivals and she has collaborated with artists in both Europe and New York.
Nina is bringing her new creation, Strangers, to The Smoke – an abstract larp which uses physical methods such as sign language and simple movement routines to create two cultures and the feeling of belonging or not belonging to these. It aims to explore the situation of refugees trying to fit in, and the reactions among the people who they try to fit in amongst.
Siri Sandquist has previously been a part of organizing several longer games focused on gender and feminism, for example the larp Suffragett! in 2014. She also wrote the freeform game The Grey Zone for the #Feminism anthology.
Siri and co-designer Rosalind Göthberg will be running Winson Green Prison – a larp about the women who fought for the equal right to vote, and the men who loved them; about the political in the private, and the private becoming political.
Frida Sofie Jansen is a Norwegian larp designer and storyteller. She has more than 10 years of larp experience, both as a player and an organizer, ranging from traditional larps to blackbox and freeform. She’s been part of the Oslo-based projects Laivfabrikken, Grenselandet and Blackbox Deichman, and is taking part in organizing Knutepunkt 2017. Currently she is studying linguistics at the University of Oslo, and her newest larp projects mirror this exploration into language and communication.
Frida Sofie has brought Cherry, Dust, Chair! to The Smoke: “What do you do, when you don’t have the words to express what you really feel? How do you say ‘I love you’ or ‘Sorry’, if the only words you have available are ‘escalator’ or ‘school trip’? This is a travel through the value of words, or the lack of them; and this is your story, where no one else can tell you what to feel.”
(Photo of Nina Runa Essendrop by Li Xin.)