Neon Dance presents: PuzzleCreature

A new multi-disciplinary dance performance inspired by the death-eluding architectural designs of Arakawa and Madeline Gins…

PuzzleCreature Tour

PuzzleCreature, devised by dance professional Adrienne Hart‘s Neon Dance company, will tour the UK throughout October (see dates below).  (Photo by Miles Hart).

Following two sell out evenings at the Lilian Baylis Studio as part of Sadler’s Wells’ Wild Card strand earlier this year, Adrienne Hart’s Neon Dance returns with PuzzleCreature. This new work is inspired by maverick architect/artist duo Arakawa and Madeline Gins, founders of the Reversible Destiny Foundation, an organisation dedicated to the use of architecture to extend the human lifespan. Eluding death by design was the primary concern of Arakawa and Gins, who sought not merely better living but, ideally, eternal living through design. Following a premiere at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Japan this month, PuzzleCreature will tour the UK from October.

‘Organism that Persons’…

Speaking about the production, Adrienne Hart stated:-

‘Arakawa and Gins coined the term ‘organism that persons’ to describe you and I, they ‘decided not to die’ and went about doing this through ‘architectural procedures’ that resulted in some of the most inspiring architecture and artwork out there! I knew when responding to their body of work, which includes poetry, manifesto writing, painting, buildings and parks, my audience had to be in and part of it; sensing, cleaving and of course… not dying!’.

Numen/For Use x Ana Rajcevic Costumes

Luke Crook – a principle dancer – wearing a PuzzleCreature costume designed by Ana Rajcevic.  (Photo by Miles Hart).

Neon Dance create work in collaboration with artists from multiple disciplines, and for PuzzleCreature will bring together internationally renowned set designers Numen / For Use and fashion artist Ana Rajcevic, who will design the costumes. Ana is also known for her sculptural designs which have been featured in Vogue and exhibited internationally. Together with Neon Dance, they will present a production that attempts to scramble attitudes to both ageing and the body.

Starring Mariko Kida, Carys Staton & Luke Crook

Carys Staton – one of the 3 lead performers. (Photo by Miles Hart).

Three exquisite dance artists drive the hour-long work; Japanese dance artist Mariko Kida, who also guests with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, performs alongside Carys Staton and Luke Crook, both established performers on the UK dance scene

Immersive & Accessible Theatre

PuzzleCreature is accompanied by a newly-commissioned, surround-sound score from Oxford based composer Sebastian Reynolds and features integrated British and Japanese Sign Language and audio description from Louise Fryer (National Theatre). Set inside an inflatable structure, the theatre is transformed into a unique immersive space shared by both audience and performer.

Arts Council Support

Anneliese Slader, Relationship Manager (Dance), Arts Council England commented:-

We are delighted to support Neon Dance’s ‘PuzzleCreature’ through our National Lottery Project Grants fund. The company have moved from strength to strength and this tour, from Swindon to Japan, is a testament to their hard work.  PuzzleCreature has found innovative ways to enable those with visual and hearing impairments to take part in the work and creatively thrive. The performance invites audiences and performers to question their attitude to ageing and the body, reminding us how art can act as a powerful medium to reflect different lived realities.’.

Arakawa & Madeline Gins

Luke Crook and Mariko Kida – the dance company’s other lead performers. (Photo by Miles Hart).

Reversible Destiny Foundation was founded in 2010 by Arakawa and Madeline Gins to promote their work. Arakawa passed away that same year, and Gins four years later, yet their legacy lives on and their thinking continues to inspire a new generation from disciplines as diverse as mathematics, neuroscience, art and philosophy.

Arakawa and Gins believed our bodies to be conditioned by our surroundings, naturally adapting to our environment. They used their architectural works to keep those residing in them from fully adapting, thus living longer. To create PuzzleCreature, Neon’s creative team have spent time living in and exploring ‘Reversible Destiny Lofts’ and ‘The Site of Reversible Destiny’Yoro Park, both projects by Arakawa and Gins. This experience has informed many aspects of PuzzleCreature.

Founder – Adrienne Hart

Adrienne Hart trained at Swindon Dance and London Contemporary Dance School. She works internationally as a choreographer and as Artistic Director of Neon Dance. Her work has been commissioned and supported by Arts Council England, British Council, Creative England, Modern Art Oxford, Glastonbury Festival and Art Front Gallery amongst others. Neon Dance is currently resident company at Swindon Dance and Adrienne Hart is one of the selected artists taking part in Sadler’s Wells’ Summer University programme (2015 – 2018). 2018 commissions include creating a new work for Company of Elders, Sadler’s Wells’ resident over-60s performance company and a curated Wild Card over two sold out evenings at Lilian Baylis Studio.


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Running Time: 60 minutes | Suitable for ages 8+

Company Information:-
Directed by Adrienne Hart; Design by Numen / For Use; Costumes & Artefacts by Ana Rajcevic; Original Score by Sebastian Reynolds; Lighting by Nico de Rooij & Djana Covic; British Sign language by Jemima Hoadley & Deepa Shastri; Japanese Sign Language by Chisato Minamimura; Audio Description by Louise Fryer; Company Mariko Kida, Carys Staton, Luke Crook

Listings information:-

15 – 16 September 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (JPN)

UK tour:-

5 October – 16 November


5 – 6 Oct Tramway, Glasgow

25 Albert Dr, Glasgow G41 2PE
7.30pm | £14 (£9 concs) | 0141 276 0950


10 Oct Cornerstone, Didcot

25 Station Rd, Didcot OX11 7NE

7.30pm | £14 (£12 concs, £11.20 members) | 01235 515144


12 – 13 Oct The Place, London

17 Duke’s Rd, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9PY

7.30pm, Sat matinee 3pm | £17 (£13 concs) | 020 7121 1100


17 – 18 Oct DanceXchange, Birmingham

1 Thorp St, Birmingham B5 4AU

8pm | £12 (£10 concs, £8 U25s) | 0121 667 6730


16 Nov Swindon Dance, Wiltshire

Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1QF

7.30pm | £11- £9 | 01793 601700


Supported by Reversible Destiny Foundation, Art Front Gallery, The Place, Swindon Dance, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, University of Nottingham and using public funding by Arts Council England.



[Credits:  Feature image – PC Neon Dance (photo by Ian Abbott);;; Mobius Theatre]


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