Xristina Penna has been working internationally as a designer for theatre, opera and performance, as an art director and performance maker. Her practice consists of creating visual environments by blurring contemporary reality with dreamy states that relate to the uncanny and focuses on the reality of living within an urban landscape and its impact on our ability to process information and attempt expression. Her work is cross-disciplinary and has as principal focus to create a collective, archetypal language that communicates visually
Currently, Xristina is:
:- the artistic director of the aswespeakproject creating mixed media and installation work.
:- Creator/designer with associate artist Julieta Kilgelmann for I Know This, I Do This All The Time (I don’t Like It Though), an interactive performance installation, Shunt Vaults and Area 10 London 2009, Byzantine Museum, Athens 2009, Benaki Museum of Modern Art, Athens 2010 as part of Locus Solus by Outofthebox Intermedia.
:-Site specific designer for Black Tonic by The Other Way Works, Manchester 2008. :-Designer/associate artist for A Kiss From The Last Red Squirrel by Elyssa Livergant and Rough Memory, CPT, Shunt Vaults 2008, Spill Festival 2009. :- Founding member of Poemstomyotherself, a collective of visual and theatre artists: artistic director/designer for Holes by Gabriella Svenningsen, Round Chapel, London 2007. :-Event designer for Metropolis by Future Cinema, Fabric, London 2006.
Xristina has an MA in Scenography from Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design and a BA from the School of Drama, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Be@Home – The tea room
This is a private tea party. It is subjected to transformation and transition of space and its extention via internet and pervasive technology. Bringing the public into a private tea party transforms and extends the tea room. The room changes and the rules change with it.The rules and actions are repeated every 20-30 min. However each time brings a different element which develops the work as a whole.
The interchanges are made with cardboardboxes and with the usage of diferent interfaces and websites such as Facebook and blogging.
You can join our party either via a private invitation to the tea party or online.
Hedva Eltanani and Sara Gianfrate graduated MA Advanced Theatre Practice from Central school of Speech and Drama. They are questioning the space and the places in between them. Using digital technology they explore the extension of space and of live performance.
Hedva presented her research in Reading University, Brunel University, TaPRA conference in Cardiff University. She collaborated with companies such as 19;29, Ashes and Diamonds and Flying Dutchman. Sara's recent collaborations include: ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ by Punchdrunk;‘We don’t own it’,Laban Institute a device installation based on collecting memories;‘The Cherry Orchard’ by The Galleon Theatre Company and‘Crime and Punishment’ by Ashes and Diamonds
Distinct from our prescribed social roles based on the utility of space present in other public and private environments - visitor, customer, employee, traveller - the realm of home primarily demands that we simply exist within. Thus occupation becomes the raison d'etre for the domestic space and with it the martial connotations that accompany it. What happens when 'home' becomes a stage, a set, a battleground?
This Live Art performance explores the notion of anonymity in the city through the body and the virtual.