Puzzle Creature Island Encounter by NEON DANCE

September 28 & 29, 2019, Kou beach in Teshima Island


September 28 & 29, 2019
Door open 13:30 / Performance Start time 14:00 / Closing Time 15:00

Adult 2,500 JPY / Children (7-18yo) 1,000 JPY
(Advance ticket 2,000 JPY / Discount ticket with “Passport” 2,300 JPY)

Kou beach in Teshima Island

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Multi-disciplinary dance work ‘Puzzle Creature’ premiered in 2018 at Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (Japan) and subsequently toured the UK. Neon Dance return to Japan to present an outdoor version of Puzzle Creature titled ‘Puzzle Creature Island Encounter’ featuring new artifacts from the award winning artist Ana Rajcevic designed to connect person to nature in this enchanting hour long production directed and choreographed by Adrienne Hart that once again draws inspiration from the world of Arakawa and Madeline Gins. ‘Puzzle Creature Island Encounter’ features integrated Japanese and English sign language and an original score by Oxford composer / producer Sebastian Reynolds.

Choreographer:Adrienne Hart

Adrienne initially trained at Swindon Dance, winning a scholarship at the age of 17 to train at London Contemporary Dance School. She now works internationally as a choreographer and as Artistic Director of Neon Dance. Neon Dance is currently resident company at Swindon Dance (2017-19) and Adrienne is part of Sadler’s Wells Summer University programme (2015 – 2018), designed to support mid-career dance artists over a four-year period.
Adrienne has worked in Russia, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Kosovo, USA and Japan. Her work has been commissioned and supported by Arts Council England, British Council, Creative England, The Place, Modern Art Oxford, Glastonbury Festival, Art Front Gallery, DanceXchange and Pavilion Dance South West amongst others.

Music: Sebastian Reynolds

Sebastian Reynolds is an Oxford based composer and producer, supported by PRS for Music Foundation, British Council and Arts Council England. Sebastian is part of the contemporary music ensemble Solo Collective alongside acclaimed German experimental musicians Anne Müller and Alex Stolze, the trio have performed sold out shows across Europe. They released ‘Solo Collective Part One’ in 2016 and follow up Solo Collective Part Two in 2019 via Berlin based label Nonostar. In 2016, Sebastian researched Jataka Mythology performance traditions in Thailand and went on to realise a collaborative work inspired by the mythology with Neon Dance and the award winning Thai dance artist Pichet Klunchun titled ‘Mahajanaka Dance Drama’. Off the back of this project, he was commissioned by Neon Dance to create an original score for ‘Puzzle Creature’. He rejoins the company at Setouchi Art Triennale 2019.

Costume / Props: Ana Rajcevic

Ana Rajcevic is an award winning fashion artist, working at the intersections of sculpture and fashion design. After receiving an international MA scholarship from the University of the Arts London in 2010, to attend the prestigious Fashion Artefact course, Ana won the University’s Best Design Award 2012 in London, UK and the Project of the Year Award at International Talent Support in Italy for her “ANIMAL: The Other Side of Evolution” project. Based between London and Berlin, Ana’s work has been exhibited internationally in London, Paris, New York, Rome, Berlin, and in museums and galleries including the Louvre (FR), Smithsonian Design Museum (NYC), Boijmans Museum (NL) and San Jose Museum of Art (CA) among others. Ana has been a regular collaborator with Neon Dance since 2014.  http://anarajcevic.com/



Maren Fidje Bjørneseth

Maren is a contemporary dancer from Norway. She trained at Laban Centre in London and has performed for Catarina Carvahlo and Nina Kov at the Royal Opera House (London), toured Ingvild Isaksen’s ‘People’ around Europe and most recently performed in PunchDrunk’s award winning ‘Sleep No More’ in China. Her recent work includes a double bill production with choreographers Kenneth Flak, Kulli Roosna and Stian Danielsen presented at Kilden Theatre in Kristiansand, Norway. Maren joins Neon Dance in 2019 for ‘Puzzle Creature Island Encounter’.

Gyung Moo Kim

Born in South Korea and now based in Berlin (Germany), Gyung Moo Kim has worked as a dancer and performer for Sidra Bell, Gallim Dance, NYTB in NYC and Fabien Prioville, Helena Waldmann, Alexander Kolpin, collective E.K.K.O, Minako Seki and Ana Borralho & João Galante. He won first prize both in Dance and Choreography in the 15th Stuttgart solo festival with “Grief Point”, a collaborative work with Sidra Bell and currently works with the award winning Sasha Waltz & Guests in Germany. He joins Neon Dance in 2019 for ‘Puzzle Creature Island Encounter’.

Aoi Nakamura

Aoi trained at Leipzig Opera ballet school and graduated from the State Ballet School Berlin, 2006. She has worked with the State Theater Wiesbaden and has been a member of Jasmin Vardimon Company since 2012. Other performance credits include working with Punchdrunk, Marguerite Donlon, Stephan Thoss, Angie Hiesel Production, Itzik Galili, Rafael Bonachela, Marco Goecke, Idan Cohen, Uwe Scholz and Medhi Walerski. Aoi choreographed Ototoxic in 2008, which was awarded first prize at the international choreography competition at Aarhus in 2010 and has recently founded AΦE with Esteban Fourmi, creating experimental performance in the live art scene. Aoi has been a member of Neon Dance since 2013.

Sign language (English): Jemima Hoadley & Deepa Shastri

Jemima initially trained at Laban graduating with First Class BA (HONS) in Dance Theatre. Jemima has danced with CandoCo Dance Company amongst others. In 2004, she was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship for her inclusive work in Quebec, Canada with Corpuscule Danse. Deepa Shastri has extensive experience of working in the cultural sector on various levels for the last 12 years. Past credentials include Associate Producer for Unlimited, as part of London 2012 festival programme and Liverpool’s DaDa Festival. She is creative BSL consultant with specialist knowledge on deaf audiences development and theatre access solutions such as BSL interpretation and captioning.

Sign language (Japanese): Chisato Minamura

Chisato trained at Trinity Laban in London and went on to study for her MA at Yokohama National University. She also has a BA in Japanese Painting. Born in Japan, Chisato is now based in London (UK). Completing her Signing Art Course organised by Tate Museum in 2012, she now delivers art tours in BSL using her skills and experience of art and art history in venues including British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Museums and Whitechapel Gallery.

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