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WSD2017|Attempts on Margarita (multiple drafts)
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Emerging Designers


Christina (Xristina) Penna

Attempts on Margarita (multiple drafts)

Category: Space Design

Design Statement

Margarita is a pile of constantly changing drafts ready to be revised, retold, forgotten, erased… Can we keep Margarita going? This interactive performance installation asks for the audience's participation in constructing a collective consciousness: Margarita.
It is created as part of the scenographer's research on performance design and cognition at the University of Leeds using recordings, live performance and ‘scenographic contraptions’. The recordings consist of pre-recorded voices of friends/colleagues/acquaintances of the scenographer and of live-streamed voices of random passers-by, answering the same set of questions regarding themselves or a female person they know well. The show is divided in 11 chapters, which correspond to the above questions and form a sonic collage, heard through a surround sound system controlled live by the sound designer. Container-structures invite the audience to literally immerse in them and listen to the more intimate audio recordings (i.e. the secret pleasures of Margarita). A folk english song on an apple and a head is performed live, while multiple transcripts of the recordings are printed out ad hoc and placed on the floor for the audience to read; a button box waits to be explored and the watchful lighting designer intervenes live corresponding with colour.
The audience-participants visiting the installation are invited to freely explore this sonic, performed and material environment and piece together the experience of Margarita.


Christina (Xristina) Penna

Xristina Penna’s practice focuses on the creation of hybrid participatory environments, using mixed media performance and installation work.
She has also worked as a stage designer for devised and site-specific performance, and events (i.e. Future Cinema 2006, The Other Way Works 2008). Her multi-media work (www.aswespeakproject.org) has been presented internationally: Currents 2013, The Santa Fe International New Media Festival, New Mexico, USA; The Bluecoat, Liverpool (2013); The Round House, London (2011); The Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece (2010). Currently she is a PhD candidate at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds exploring the intersections between scenography, participatory performance, and human cognition, and holds an MA in Scenography from Central St Martins College of Art and Design, ual and a BA from the Drama Department, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Email Address: xristinapenna@gmail.com

Theatre Company aswespeakproject

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-02-26

The Premiere Space of Production Stage@leeds, University of Leeds - Little Leeds Fringe Festival 2015

Author Xristina Penna

Director/ Choreographer N/A

Set Designer Xristina Penna

Lighting Designer Katherine Graham

Costume Designer N/A

Sound Designer Ben Eyes

Other Creative Collaborator/s Lucy Steggals (associate artist- art intervention)
Jennifer Carlberg ( project associate-performer)
Olivia Bradbury (associate artist- performer)
Maria Kapsali (associate artist- chapter 7 direction)
Esther Collins (artist participant)
Alaena Turner (artist participant)