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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


Daphne Karstens


Selected Category: Performance Design

Category: Performance Design, Costume Design

Design Statement

‘PING’ was the graduation project of Daphne Karstens at the MA Costume Design for Performance course at London College of Fashion (University of the Arts London) in December 2014.

The performance is inspired by Samuel Beckett’s piece of prose ‘Ping’ (1966). Near-death experiences and out-of-body experiences are the main inspiration for the performance and the costume. The performance visualizes the struggle of a person submerged in an unknown and ephemeral world, exploring the relation between the physical body and out-of-body ‘spiritual body’. The spiritual body is ephemeral; it might only exist for the briefest of moments.

The use of the smoke machine within the costume gives the possibility to experiment with the visibility and invisibility of a second (ephemeral) body and suggests an extension of the body while incorporating the space on stage.


Daphne Karstens

Daphne Karstens obtained her BA in Scenography from De Theaterschool, Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in 2013. One of the highlights during the course was the performance RGB, a triadic ballet. For this project Daphne and six other Scenography students worked together to create a performance inspired by Oskar Schlemmer’s “triadic ballet.” The performance was re-performed during Scenofest at the Prague Quadrennial in 2011. In 2013 Daphne designed costumes for the opera Fourstelling, which was produced by the Dutch National Opera Academy where she collaborated with director Javier López Piñón and choreographer Itamar Serussi Sahar.

She continued her education at the MA in Costume Design for Performance at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. She graduated in 2014 with the performance ‘PING’.

‘PING’ has been exhibited at the LCF MA 2015 exhibition in London and won the Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust Prize with the performance at the CONFLUX exhibition in London in 2015. ‘PING’ has also been exhibited at Critical Costume 2015 in Helsinki and was part of the Evolving Design for Performance exhibition at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing and at the Mingyuan Contemporary Art Museum in Shanghai in 2016.

In her film MARIE, Daphne combined sculptural costume and dance. The film has been screened in 2015 at Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema in Colorado and at Tees Dance Film Festival at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.

In her work she combines sculpture and costume to create experimental performance pieces and films. She often works with unconventional materials and combines the individual qualities of materials in experimentation with shape and structure.

Email Address: daphnekarstens@hotmail.com

Theatre Company -

The Premiere Date of Production 2014-12-04

The Premiere Space of Production Sadler's Wells Theatre, Lilian Baylis Studio, London.

Author Inspired by Samuel Beckett's 'Ping'

Director/ Choreographer Choreographer: Angela Woodhouse

Set Designer Daphne Karstens

Lighting Designer Neil Brinkworth

Costume Designer Daphne Karstens

Sound Designer Nik Kennedy

Projection and Multi-Media Designer -

Other Creative Collaborator/s Performer: Lorraine Smith
Make-up and Hair: Goshka Topolska

Concept: Daphne Karstens
Smoke design: Daphne Karstens

Photographer: Alex Traylen
Video production (of full version video): Alex Marshall, Ash Tailor, Phil Petrides, Nicolas Sargeant.