Larps at Mad House Helsinki:
Thu 4th of March 2021 11:00 – 19:00 - in Finnish
Sat 6th of December 2021 11:00 – 19:00 - in English
Deep Time Transcestors -larp is a speculative fiction about evolution. The game opens up a multidimensional time-space continuum, in which participants can explore how it feels to embody their trans ancestors’ bodies in this time. A group of trans- and non-binary people have come together to invoke a pre-historic transcestor to take them on a deep time travel to the time when all multicellular life was still under water. They travel through the queer prehistory through somatic and fictive exercises. The aim is to embody the fundamental queerness of evolution, and display the source of life as trans and non-binary.
The player-chatacters study their prevertebrate, throbbing and watery bodies through sense and movement. As the game advances, they form protective hybrid trans ancestor symbionts in physical contact with each other.* The game is mostly non-verbal and centers on movement and touch.
Safer play and other game -techniques will be practiced together in the workshop that starts the game day.
The game is open for transgender, non-binary, and genderqueer players. We do not evaluate whether you are “something enough” – yes you are!
There is room for 12 players.
Sign up will open in the beginning of 2021, we will notify about the dates as soon as we know. If the games fill up, and we need to choose players, we will prioritize those who belong to several culturally marginalized groups, to which you may identify upon signing up.
You don’t need to have prior experience on larping, and the game doesn’t require a lot of preparation. The characters dress in present day clothes, and the fantasticity of their bodies are not expressed through masking.
Every character has 3 contact characters, for example friends, siblings or partners. We encourage the contact character players to chat briefly about their relationship before the game. When you get your character, you will get easy instructions also on how to do this.
There is a photographer in the game. Being in the photographs is voluntary.
Languages: Finnish and English.
*The game includes touch on the areas of hands and arms. Parts where there is touch, will be played with face-masks on. If the corona-situation in December is more severe, the parts touching mechanics will be replaced with mechanics that allow a safety distance to other players.
Larp design: Ana Teo Ala-Ruona, Even Minn, Pihla Lehtinen
Sound design: Satu Kankkonen
Costume design: Alvi Haapamäki
Artistic and theoretical counsel: Camille Auer, Eeti Piiroinen
Dramaturge for dialogue: Emil Santtu Uuttu
Producer: Riikka Thitz
Photography during larp: Nova Kaspia
The pre-game workshop 11:00 – 14:30 (including lunchbreak)
The game: 15:00 – 17:30
Debrief: 18:00 – 19:00
Tickets: pay what you want. The working group will donate all the ticket income to Black Trans Travel Fund
Deep Time Transcestors -project is funded by Kone Foundation.