About Prehension Blooms

Robots and dance, an immersive performance experience.

Prehension Blooms explores relationships and themes of companionship and loneliness; set in a distant future and ancient past - an alien world of sand where robot creatures lurk under foot. Conceived by choreographer and director Adrienne Hart, (Empathy 2016, Puzzle Creature 2019), Prehension Blooms features insect-like robots aka 'hōki-mon' (rake monsters), designed and built by Bristol Robotics Lab in collaboration with award-winning visual artist Ana Rajcevic.

The intertwining of dance and movement between the hōki-mon, dancers and audience is presented with a cinematic, electronic soundscape to transport audiences to another time and place, composed by Sebastian Reynolds.

Neon Dance is an internationally renowned company that embraces a diverse and digital population; a place where artists, partners and people can engage in experiences that are experimental and original, yet accessible to all.

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Access information

Touch Tour, BSL Interpretation & audio description TBC

Cast and Creatives

Created & Produced by: Neon Dance
Concept & Direction by: Adrienne Hart
Choreography by:
Adrienne Hart in collaboration with dance artists
Performed by: Fukiko Takase & Travis Clausen-Knight
Understudy: Chihiro Kawasaki
Robot Design & Concept by: Hemma Philamore, Alix Partridge, Calum Gillespie (Bristol Robotics Lab)
Robot Visual Design by: Ana Rajcevic
Composition by: Sebastian Reynolds
Scenography & Lighting Design by: Nico de Rooij
Costume by: Mikio Sakabe
Photography by: Miles Hart Photography
Videography by: Tom Schumann
PR by: Mobius
Graphic Design by: Naile Muslu
Robots co-created by University of Bristol & Neon Dance
Supported by Swindon Dance, University of Bristol, The Place, Wellcome Collection, Bristol Beacon & South East Dance
Funded by Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants, Art Front Gallery, Brigstow Institute & EPSRC Impact Acceleration Fund.

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