2017 Ticket sales - now open!

Grenselandet will take place on October 6th and 7th in Oslo. Tickets costs from NOK 200 to NOK 500. For each ticket at 500 sold, we will make one more ticket available for NOK 200. If you can afford it, please help others with less money to be able to go.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Human Experience


We are happy to welcome back Nina Runa Essendrop, a Grenselande old-timer, to run Human Experience (DK) - a physical, immersive larp about the sensations we get from movements, touch and senses.

The players play Ancient Consciousnessess who shortly get to experience life through a human body. The Ancient Conciousnessess are gentle, slow and curious. They don’t understand rational logic but experiences the world through poetic images and abstract sensations.

Having human bodies are new and overwhelming to them. In their short time as embodied creatures, they want to carefully experience the nuances in the way humans move and sense and to try to understand what it is like to be human and experience through a body.

“Human Experience” is played with an audience, who are part of the fiction of the larp. They are there to experiment with movements and senses and to follow and aid the Ancient Conciousnessess in their exploration. The audience can help the Ancient Conciousnessess by showing them movements or describe sensations, thereby teaching the Ancient Conciousnessess how humans move and feel. In return the Ancient Conciousnessess can describe how these movements and sensations feels to creatures who have a poetic approach and experience everything as new.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

A home for the Old


Grenselandet is a festival that celebrates larps that raises questions. Social question, personal questions, political questions. Over the past years we have hosted larps which probes into anything from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to Monogamy. Growing old is an issue which several larps have touched upon, for example Old and Wise (NL), Dementia (SV) and Autumn of Life (NO).

This week, A Home for the Old (DK), a larp exploring this territory was found too controversial and removed from the programme at the WorldCon event in Finland. We are happy to announce that we have invited the author to Norway so you can play the scenario at Grenselandet. While social issues can be hurtful to play with, we still believe that it is important that larp as an artform do explore all facets of society, and we are committed to continute to curate such larps into our programme, even if they are controversial.

"Do you remember your first character? How she looked, how he was a continuation of yourself? Do you remember its first adventure, her first kill, his first meeting with love, her descent into madness?

They are all these small parallel lives that we all lived, like friends we never really forgot. They are a part of us forever.

A Home for the Old (DK) by Frederik Berg plays out at a home for role-players with Alzheimers who suffer from a syndrome called Past Character Regression. It is a tragicomic jeepform novella about the loss of identity and our past fictional lives."

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Italian imagination


Lu and Dom see each other every single morning. On the first ride of the day, at the first stop of the line, in the first car of the train. After a five-minute journey, Dom gets off the subway. See you tomorrow.

The Italian Chamber Orchestra has recently drawn internatioanl attention to the Italian chamberlarp scene with their publication "Crescendo Giocoso". We are happy to share with you that we have invited Oscar Biffi to grenselandet to run two of the scenarios. Today we present the first one.

Till the end of the line (IT) by Oscar Biffi is a scenario specifically tailored to accommodate a variable number of players. Let’s say, 2 to 30? The challenge is to all play with a single idea and only two characters, as we multiply the number of parallel dimensions in which the action unfolds. It’s the simplest, most practical solution, and it’s also eerily similar to the gaming equivalent of a speed date.

You could set your clock to their meetings, or bet your head on them. The world could end before they changed their routine. It is more than habit, more than tradition. It’s a constant of every possible reality, a pillar of the universe as we know it. What in the world would happen if they ever lost sight of each other?

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Dying for freedom


When Soviet communism started to crumble, life in Cuba took a turn for the rougher. Especially for those, who listened to music of the enemy - the punk rockers, freaks of rock, los frikis.

Socialismo y Muerte (DK) by Jorgo Kapow tells the story of a small group of Cuban punk rockers, who rebel against poverty and oppression by choosing to inject themselves with HIV-infected blood. Better to suffer the slow death in the freedom of the Sanatoriums than the empty life under Castro's regime."

"I wanna live free! They are kicking me out, they are beating me out, they don't want me to live like a rocker here. They are doing a lot of things to me. I am going to do a lot of things to them... Socialism or death? Death is a door. When you don't have any more doors to open, death is a door.""
~ Papo La Bala - from Radiolab: Los Frikis ~

Photo credit: Horses in the Sky (Under a Creative commons 3.0 licence)

Friday, 28 July 2017

First 2017 larp: M/S Kristina


Our first larp announcement this year is M/S Kristina (SV) by Eva Wei and Rosalind Göthberg. M/S Kristina is about a group of refugees on a ship that will take them from what used to be their homes to something new and unknown. It tells a story about a dangerous journey towards an uncertain future, about loss and despair but also about dreams and hope for a better life.

The larp's themes include identity, relationships, struggle and politics. M/S Kristina aims to explore what happens when a person is forced to give up everything that used to make them safe in order to survive.

Stay tuned for programme updates a few times a week for the next month.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

2017 dates confirmed


Grenselandet 2017 will take place in Oslo on October 6th and 7th. Tickets are available on Billetto. Programme updates to follow.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

The Baby Club


The Baby Club (UK) by James Harper, Mo Holkar and David Owen is a larp about family, friendship and fantasy. A small group of friends who, for various reasons, cannot have their own children, decide to invent imaginary babies to fill the void in their lives. Over a series of annual retreats to a summer holiday cabin, they guide the children to adulthood. As the children grow up, the members of the baby club also age and change as they seek happiness in all its many forms. Directed by James Harper.