WILD CARD: Neon Dance                                                                     
Thursday 22 March & Friday 23 March

Pre-show activities: 7pm, Performances: 8pm

Wild Card returns with a bespoke evening curated by Adrienne Hart and her company Neon Dance.

Special guests from different disciplines feature in the programme as dance, live music, video and lighting design encounter each other in an event that forms part of Nils Frahm’s Piano Day, a creative international celebration initiated by the acclaimed Berlin music producer and pianist.

Collaboration is at the heart of every Neon Dance production, with Hart inviting artists from different disciplines to come together on a level playing field. Artists, collaborators and special guests feed into a rich evening of up close performances and live music encounters, with a special place given to the piano.

Neon Dance presents excerpts of Empathy, choreographed by Hart in conversation with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen (Zero Degrees of Empathy) and developed with an award-winning, internationally renowned team, with costumes by Ana Rajcevic, laser light design by the design collective Numen, and an original score by Danish band Efterklang in collaboration with Gyda Valtysdottir and Shahzad Ismaily.

Guest artists include Canadian composer and pianist John Kameel Farah, whose work embraces aspects of baroque and early music, experimental, contemporary classical, improvisation, middle-eastern music and forms of electronic music; composer and cellist Anne Muller, who is a regular collaborator with Nils Frahm; dance artist Maeva Berthelot, who has worked with Wayne McGregor and Hofesh Shechter Company; and award-winning Thai dance artist Pichet Klunchun, best known for his collaboration with Jerome Bel.

The pre-show offer includes an installation by artist Lily Hunter Green inspired by the declining bee population; Sebastian Reynolds DJing piano tracks on vinyl; and a video documentary about the creation process for Neon Dance’s Empathy.


Adrienne Hart said: "At the heart of my practice is collaboration. I'm fascinated by the process and what happens when artists from different disciplines share a room and commit to making a work together. My Wild Card will give London audiences an up close live dance and music experience and I've left some aspects of the night to chance. For example, John Kameel Farah and Maeva Berthelot will meet for the first time on the day of the show! There will be a few rules established then it's all about the two of them responding to one another and feeding off the audience on the night!" 


Adrienne Hart trained at Swindon Dance and London Contemporary Dance School. She works internationally as a choreographer and as Artistic Director of Neon Dance, which she founded in 2003. Her work has been commissioned and supported by Arts Council England, British Council, Creative England, Dance Digital, Modern Art Oxford, Glastonbury Festival, Royal Opera House, DanceXchange and Pavilion Dance South West, amongst others. Hart’s 2018 commissions include creating a new work for Company of Elders, Sadler’s Wells’ inspirational resident over-60s performance company; taking part in a symposium dedicated to the work of Arakawa and Madeline Gins at Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery (Columbia University, New York); and premiering new work Puzzle Creature in Japan as part of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial.

Neon Dance is currently resident company at Swindon Dance and Adrienne Hart is one of the selected artists taking part in Sadler’s Wells’ Summer University programme (2015 – 2018).

Eva Martinez, Sadler’s Wells’ Artistic Programmer, said: “Some artists are natural curators: they have a flair for choosing other fellow creative minds to try things out with. Adrienne is of them, she is naturally curious and gifted at finding ways to work with music, technology, and other cultures: she is passionate about music and how dance interacts with it. This idea is at the heart of her Wild Card, an evening half way between an intimate gig with an international piano star, a jam/improv session with exquisite dancers and a dance show where lasers are performers too.”

Adrienne Hart is a Sadler's Wells Summer University artist