A one day Masterclass with Judith Lowe and special guest: Artist and Larp designer Nina Runa Essendrop
Learning through play, exploring non verbal communication, somatic experiencing, pacing, leading and sponsorship
Saturday June 30th, 9am-5,30pm
COLAB Factory, 74 Long Lane, London, SE1 4AU
Earlybird price for the first 10 places is £75+BF
This Masterclass is limited to 20 participants
"Play is the establishment and exploration of relationship."
Mind and Nature
In this unique One Day Masterclass we are inviting you to come and experience the work of artist and larp designer Nina Runa Essendrop and PPD Learning Trainer and IAGC supervisor and developer Jonathan Goldsmith. This day is divided into two parts: In the morning you will get to play a specially designed version of Nina's larp event 'Human Experience' adapted and run by Nina and Jonathan.
In the afternoon Judith Lowe and Nina will lead a experiential learning and modeling workshop to unpack the tools and principles that Nina and Jonathan have used in creating this version of the larp 'Human Experience''.
What is larp? What do we as NLP-ers have to learn from it?
Larp is originally an acronym for Live Action Role Playing, but today it’s used as a name in itself. It refers to an interactive game where people immerse themselves in fictional circumstances to explore other ways of perceiving, behaving or experiencing.
As NLP practitioners, we use the same tools that 'larp' explores all the time, we just call it modelling, stepping into another's shoes, exploring another's reality through second position and trying on other maps by stepping into them 'as if' they are true. In NLP we have a deep heritage of learning through play and through learning by 'trying on', both of which you will explore in this larp.
If you have been on a PPD Practitioner or Master Practitioner you will have already done this by exploring Bateson's Dolphin Training, Dido Fisher's horse whispering exercise or on the the culture game that we play on the last module of the Master Practitioner Programme. All of these utilise the same principles that this larp explores: how to explore the world through exploring the world 'as-if' and through play and experiential learning.
Through the fiction of the 'Human Experience larp you will explore :
- Non-verbal communication, movement and exploring somatic syntax.
- Experiencing through sensing; Modelling other maps of sensing through stepping into another's experience
- Somatic Modelling; learning through repetition and trying on other somatic maps. How to teach and how to learn.
- Exploring the world by being in a 'know-nothing' modelling state.
- Sponsorship: How we can use our physicality, to create connection and sponsorship in others
- Pacing and Leading, when are we pacing and when are leading, the somatic dance of relationship.
By taking part in this larp you have the opportunity explore, expand and enrich your NLP tools and skills through the medium of playing and doing.
More about a 'Human Experience Larp'
“Human Experience” is at its heart an immersive, poetic, physical, immersive larp about the sensations we get from movements and touch. It a larp about being in a human body and experiencing the world through our human senses. It is a larp about relationships and how humans learn.
In Human Experience there are two 'groups' players' and 'guides'. The players will be given specific roles and fictional identities to explore, and the guides although will be exploring some very light touch roles and themes to explore in the larp, will essentially be playing themselves.
This larp will explore what happens when these two groups engage one another.
This event has been curated so that you will be taken through a workshop in which everything you need to know will be explained to you. You will have ample time to learn and practice the mechanics of this larp.
When you sign up you will be asked to fill in a short questionnaire about your background, your experience, what you are looking to explore in this larp and we will assign you a role; either as a 'guide' or as a 'player'. If you have a strong desire to play in one particular role, you will have the chance to let us know.
What happens in the player role?
The players will play ancient consciousnesses, naturally curious and gentle that have been given human form for the first time. They don’t understand rational logic but experience the world through poetic images and abstract sensations. Being in a human body is totally new for these beings and they want to carefully discover the nuanced ways that human beings move and experience the world through their senses; they want to learn what it is like to encounter 'being' in a human body.
What happens in the guide role?
We will work together in a pre-larp workshop to explore themes such as presence, sponsorship, non-verbal communication, play and connecting through our non-verbal intelligences. As the guides, we will explore how to create the relational space to facilitate the Ancient Consciousnesses experience.
We will give you a taste of how the Ancient Consciousnesses explore the world in this larp, following that we will learn how to use our own felt sense of what it is to be human to give them a 'Human Experience'
During the larp you are then invited into these wonderful being's curious world, and can interact with them if you so choose, to help them use their newly found bodies by showing them movements or describing sensory information. The interactions will be slow and careful and as guides you can make your own choice in how much you take part in the larp.
What happens after the larp?
After the larp has been played, we will take both groups through a specially designed Trance Process utilising the Generative Change work developed by Stephen Gilligan and Robert Dilts to integrate the parts of the experience you want to maintain and to release back the roles and parts you have been exploring.
The Afternoon's Workshop
"I’m looking forward to working with Nina and Jonathan in this unique creative, collaborative and fun project.
This multi-level learning event offers a wonderful opportunity to expand vital, core communication and empathy skills through intelligently structured and supported play and improvisation.
I think we’ll have a great day together really immersed in essential types of learning and developmental activities."
In this workshop we will explore the musicality that is inherent both in our own human experience and in this fiction, especially in terms of the relationship between the 'players and the audience'. We will look at the patterns that connect and explore how meaning is made through our own felt experience.
You will get a chance to unpack what the experience has to offer you in terms of your relationship to self? Your relationship to other?
We will explore what does ‘play’ mean in terms of this particular piece that Nina has created, and how was permission being given to you in your ‘role’? Where and how did you experience being paced and when did you experience being led? We will discover the non-verbal dance of communication that exists in our everyday world, the often lives underneath conscious awareness.
Trying out and Modelling.
The afternoon will be divided into sections, each looking at a difference aspect of this larp. Nina will take you through a series of exercises to help you explore the topics of Musicality, Relationship, Play and Pacing and Leading. After each section, Judith will guide you through modelling exercises to help pull out the gems for you in Nina's work; the 'differences that make the difference' for you to take back into your practices.
We will then give you time at the end for an open frame discussion so you can have the space to further contextualise Nina’s work into your own practice.
Who is this day for?
This day is for people working in the fields of NLP, coaching, psychotherapy, personal and professional growth or organisational change, who want to explore the potential that Nina's work has to offer you through her experience of integrating theatre, dance, art and larp. This is an opportunity to enhance and expand, refining and practice your skill set, and model the tools contained both within the larp and within Nina's way of working.
Learning by play is inherently how we learn about the world we live in, and how skills such as coaching, NLP and psychotherapy are taught. What we are creating in this larp is the permission to try out and explore different tools and models in an environment which is inherently 'playful': being a place to try out and explore your communication skills within the fiction that the larp provides. There is no right or wrong way to play this larp, so it gives you the opportunity to try out your skill-set in a contained, safe way, learning as you go.
We are also inviting larp players and designers, artists, immersive theatre designers, cross-modalists and people from a diverse range of backgrounds to come and play the morning larp. Having a diverse range of participants as being something that will make this event unique. We want to foster the conversation between these different disciplines and see what we all have to learn from one-another to take back into the worlds of NLP, coaching, psychotherapy and transformational change.
The collaboration between Nina and Jonathan is in itself an example of what happens when the world of larp and art, meets NLP, psychotherapy and personal transformation. We hope that this event will be a place for learning, growth and development through the medium of larp and play.
9.00am-11.00am Individual workshops for both groups, players and audience
12.45pm-1.00pm Post larp experiential exercise.
1.00pm-2.00pm Reset the room and lunch Break
2.30pm-5.30pm Workshop and Debief.
where is this event taking place?
For this event we are working at the Colab Factory, which is an accumulation of the uk's most forward thinking immersive theatre makers.
They created the first ever home for immersive theatre, using the ethos of colab to endeavour to make the best immersive theatre possible. Colab want to transport audiences into a completely different world, the colab factory is a wondrous place that's full of many different experiences.
Artist and Larp Designer Nina Runa Essendrop
Nina Essendrop is a Danish artist and 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, audience inclusive larps and larp festivals and she has collaborated with artists in both Europe and New York.
She has designed and run workshops, larps, performances and interactive theatre pieces at among others Transmediale 2016 (Berlin, Germany), Momentum: The 8th Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art (Moss, Norway), The Flea Theatre (New York, US), Dome of Visions (Århus, Denmark) and Ormston House (Limmerick, Ireland)