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A new multi-disciplinary dance work inspired by the death-eluding architecture designs of Arakwara and Madeline Gins. 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. 

Arakawa + Gins Tokyo office is pleased to announce the World Premier of “Puzzle Creature” by Neon Dance, to be held on September 15 & 16 at Kamigo Clove Theater as one of the highlights of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2018.

Puzzle Creature, a term coined by Arakawa + Gins, refers to an organism’s constant questioning of its existence and surroundings; “Who or what are we as this species? Puzzle creatures to ourselves, we are visitations of inexplicability” – Madeline Gins and Arakawa, Architectural Body.

Through its diverse meditations on this broader question of being in the world, Neon Dance has created a beautiful and engaging work that leads us on an unforgettable journey of exploration.
— Arakawa + Gins Tokyo Office

Concept and Direction                                                     
Adrienne Hart

Adrienne Hart in collaboration with dance artists

Set Design
Numen / For Use 

Costume & Artefacts
Ana Rajcevic

Dance Artists (2019)
Maren Fidje Bjørneseth; Moo Kim; Aoi Nakamura

Luke Crook; Mariko Kida; Carys Staton (original cast)



Original Score
Sebastian Reynolds 

Lighting Design
Nico de Rooij; Djana Covic

British Sign Language
Jemima Hoadley; Deepa Shastri

Japanese Sign Language
Chisato Minamimura

Audio Description
Louise Fryer 


 Tour Dates

7th October 2019 Invisible Wind Factory as part of LEAP Dance Festival, Liverpool (UK)

23rd October 2019 Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot (UK)

24th - 25th October 2019 Colston Hall, Bristol (UK)