Distraction Series 3: Puzzle Creature by Neon Dance

For the third iteration of our Distraction Series, we are pleased to share a full-length recording of the world premiere performance of Neon Dance‘s Puzzle Creature at Kamigo Clove Theater during the Echigo-Tsumari Triennale, Niigata Prefecture, Japan, on September 15th, 2018. This new immersive dance work was inspired by the death-eluding architecture designs of Arakawa and Madeline Gins.

Since 2017, with research assistance from the Arakawa + Gins Tokyo Office, Japan, and the Reversible Destiny Foundation, NY, London-based group Neon Dance has been studying and exploring the philosophical concept of “architectural body” as defined by Arakawa and Madeline Gins in their 2002 book of the same name. Artistic Director/Choreographer Adrienne Hart’s archival research and visits to their built works in both New York and Japan came together in the creation of Puzzle Creature.

Three exquisite dance artists drive this 60-minute performance with wearable artefacts created by the award winning artist Ana Rajcevic forming curious imprints of choreographed action. Puzzle Creature is accompanied by a newly commissioned score for 8 speakers by Oxford based composer Sebastian Reynolds, the work features integrated British and Japanese Sign Language and audio description from Louise Fryer. Organisms that person (you and I) are invited to step inside an inflatable set design by Numen / For Use as the black box theatre is transformed into a unique immersive space shared by both audience and performer. – Neon Dance

Thanks to the generosity of Neon Dance, Puzzle Creature will be available to stream through the end of June, 2020. We hope this inspires your body and mind in new ways!

Yours in the reversible destiny mode,


Distraction Series 3: Puzzle Creature by Neon Dance
Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2018
Production premiere filmed by Tom Schumann

Choreography & Direction: Adrienne Hart
Original Score: Sebastian Reynolds
Set Design: Numen / For Use
Artefacts & Costume design: Ana Rajcevic
Light Design: Nico de Rooij & Djana Covic
Dance Artists: Luke Crook, Mariko Kida & Carys Staton
British Sign Language: Jemima Hoadley & Deepa Shastri
Japanese Sign Language: Chisato Minamimura
Funded & supported by Art Front Gallery, Reversible Destiny Foundation, Arakawa + Gins Tokyo Office, The Place, Arts Council England, Swindon Dance and The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Neon Dance