Last and First Men

A future race of humans finds itself on the verge of extinction. Almost all that’s left in the world are lone and surreal monuments, beaming their message into the wilderness.

Based on the ground-breaking 1930 novel by Olaf Stapledon, Last and First Men (2020) concluded the beautiful career of the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. As part of Festival of Tomorrow, Neon Dance presents a stunning and unique contemporary dance performance set to the backdrop of Johann Jóhannsson’s 16mm black and white film, with narration from Tilda Swinton and original score composed by Jóhannsson and Yair Elazar Glotman. Featuring choreography from Adrienne Hart and costume design from the award winning Ana Rajcevic and Mikio Sakabe with performances from Fukiko Takase, Kelvin Kilonzo & Makiko Aoyama.

First seen at the Science Museum, in London, the Festival of Tomorrow is thrilled to partner with the amazing Neon Dance to be the first UK host on the international tour for this incredible new show. Advance booking is strongly recommended!

The Festival of Tomorrow - Last and First Men
The Festival of Tomorrow - Last and First Men

Neon Dance: Last and First Men

Friday 9 February 2024 | 7.30PM

Swindon Dance, Unit 6 Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1QF

Age Guidance: 14yrs+

Running time: 65mins approx, no interval

A live contemporary dance performance set to the rich visuals of the late Jóhann Jóhannsson’s 2020 science fiction film.


Pre-show touch tour at 7PM TBC with Adrienne Hart, subject to demand (max capacity 10ppl)

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The Festival of Tomorrow - Last and First Men

Creative Team

Created by Neon Dance

Concept & Direction: Adrienne Hart

Film: 'Last and First Men' by Jóhann Jóhannsson 

Choreography: Adrienne Hart, Fukiko Takase, Kelvin Kilonzo, Aoi Nakamura, Makiko Aoyama

Performance: Fukiko Takase, Kelvin Kilonzo, Makiko Aoyama

Composition: Johann Jóhannsson, Yair Elazar Glotman

Lighting Design: Nico de Rooij

Costume Design: Mikio Sakabe, Ana Rajcevic

Photography: Miles Hart

Graphic Design: Naile Muslu

Project Management: Maeve O’Neill

Supported by: Swindon Dance, Pavilion Dance South West

Funded by: Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants


Company Links

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The Festival of Tomorrow - Last and First Men

Neon Dance has been making work for the stage, screen and spaces in between for almost 20 years; contributing to the British contemporary arts scene whilst presenting works internationally. Artistic Director Adrienne Hart has created numerous works for Neon Dance since founding the company in 2004, including ‘Falling From Trees’ (2010), ‘The Intention’ (2012), ‘Empathy’ (2016), ‘Puzzle Creature' (2018), ‘Prehension Blooms’ (2022) and Last and First Men (2023). She has curated sold out evenings of cross disciplinary work at Sadler’s Wells and Modern Art Oxford; directed dance film and interactive digital works including ‘Stages’ (2013) and ‘Archived’it’ (2011) and collaborated with outstanding artists and award winning collectives including Nils Frahm, Ana Rajcevic, and Numen / For Use.

The Festival of Tomorrow - Last and First Men

In 2023 Neon Dance previewed Last and First Men at London’s Science Museum followed by an exhibition of the costume and photography at Swindon Central Library. Last and First Men will premiere at the Volksbuhne in Berlin as part of CTM Festival on the 2nd February 2024 and the company will return to their hometown to present the work as part of Festival of Tomorrow at Swindon Dance on the 9th February 2024.

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