Fri 16 Apr 13:00-14:00 at YouTube Live

Prehension Blooms

For this talk we are joined by Adrienne Hart the Artistic Director of Neon Dance & collaborator Hemma Philamore from University of Bristol's Robotics Lab. They will be discussing their latest work Prehension Blooms.

c/o Neon Dance

c/o Neon Dance

Hosted by

Adrienne Hart

Adrienne Hart works internationally as a choreographer and as Artistic Director of Neon Dance. Collaboration is at the heart of every Neon Dance production with the company creating work designed for a diverse range of spaces; from intimate theatre venues to large-scale festivals. Neon Dance is currently in house company at Swindon Dance and Adrienne is a selected artist on the Sadler’s Wells Summer University programme (2015 – 2018). Outside of the UK, Adrienne has worked in Russia, Norway, Germany, Kosovo and most recently Japan.

Hemma Philamore

Hemma is a lecturer in robotics at University of Bristol. In her research she focuses on energy-autonomous robots: robots that sustain their own electrical energy needs by digesting aquatic pollution. She also researches soft actuators and mechanisms for controlling fluidic systems and for swimming robots.

This Lunchtime Talk will be broadcast live on Watershed's YouTube channel.

Neon Dance is an internationally renowned organisation that creates dance works that explore technology and design with the body as the central tenet. It’s new work Prehension Blooms explores social connectivity and collaboration using bio-inspired robotics. The work is designed to unravel the origins of loneliness and set to premiere at Bristol Beacon (UK) and Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (JP).  

In Prehension Blooms the public will be free to roam in the performance space, they will encounter 5 dancers, an insect-like robot community and each other in playful and unexpected ways. By moving, sitting, lying down and congregating in the space, audiences can influence all aspects of the performance including light and sound design.

Adrienne Hart (Artistic Director, Neon Dance) will be joined by collaborator Hemma Philamore (University of Bristol’s Robotics Lab) during this Lunchtime Talk to discuss the creation of Prehension Blooms and share early prototype designs. 


Join us on Fri 16th April, 13:00-14:00 for the talk and to take part in the discussion afterwards.

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