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Prehension Blooms is a new contemporary dance work by Adrienne Hart that attempts to explore the complexity of human relationships with material things, and how societies maintain and sustain material worlds, gradually becoming co-dependent in interwoven ways.

Having spent time researching initial ideas and being introduced to ‘companion’ robots at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics alongside Adrienne’s recent experience in rural Japan developing work for Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale and Setouchi Art Triennale, which support rural communities who engage with artworks not as spectators but as collaborators; the Artistic Director of Neon Dance considered the impact on modern thinking about the self, society, people and communities.

Becoming interested in the idea of loneliness as a symptom of modernity, Adrienne embarked on a month-long research residency at SWCTN Porthmeor Studios in St Ives (December 2019) and continues her research over an intensive three-day residency at Dance4 (January 2020).

During her residency with us Adrienne will offer the opportunity for members of the public to attend a FREE talk hosted by Jonathan Hale, Architect and Professor of Architectural Theory at Nottingham Trent University to explore Adrienne’s practice, current research themes and share her progress to date.