What makes our behaviour uniquely human?

Touching and emotionally charged, Empathy reflects on what influences us to empathise with others. Five dancers jostle for position - folding, lifting and balancing against one another as they navigate through the award winning Numen's beguiling laser light design. 

Taking inspiration from the work of psychologist Professor Simon Baron-Cohen (Zero Degrees of Empathy), Empathy is a truly theatrical experience where movement, sound and lighting combine and contribute in equal part. 

Your choreography has a really original, captivating style.
Thank you for promoting the important message of empathy to your audiences.
— Professor Simon Baron-Cohen (author of Zero Degrees of Empathy)


Choreography – Concept
Adrienne Hart

Dance Artists
Maeva Berthelot, Annapaola Leso, David Lloyd, Carys Staton, Ygal Tsur

Original Score
Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen, Shahzad Ismaily, Gyda Valtysdottir

Laser Design

Light Design
Stuart Bailes 

Costume Design
Ana Rajcevic

Research Support
Professor Simon Baron Cohen | Dr Tiffany Watt-Smith

Funding & Support
Arts Council Southwest | Royal Opera House | Pavilion Dance South West |
Swindon Dance | Uferstudios | University Of Arts London

Laser Animation SOLLINGER (Germany)

Running Time: 55 minutes, no interval

A stunning performance
— Audience member
I couldn’t stop thinking about it all the way home. Can’t wait to see it again.
— Audience member
What a beautiful evening. My heart, my soul, my mind cried and begged for something like this for so long. Thank you for making it happen!
— Audience member
An extremely striking and telling portrayal of the spectrum of human empathy. This powerful piece pierced deep into our hearts.
— Derby Evening Telegraph
Really enjoyed @Neon_Dance @dedaderby tonight
- original, aesthetically beautiful with some lovely dancing!
— Joss Arnott Dance
My husband who is partially deaf was so excited about it, he talked about it for hours
— Audience member
Killer choreography meets massive lasers - what more could you ask for?!
— Oliver Holms, Photographer
Empathy remains with you long after you’ve left the theatre
— writingaboutdance.com
Our 4 year old grandson was still throughout and taking it all in. He loved the lasers and dancers in the light shapes.
— Audience member
@Neon_Dance #Bournemouth inspiring performance #mustsee.
— Audience member
A beguiling, iconic dance piece of cosmic dissonance and empathetic prostrations.
— Pindrop
Adrienne Hart and her team at Neon Dance have created a fascinating, unsettling and aesthetically stunning show in Empathy.
— British Theatre Guide