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Umwelten: site-specific performance

20 May - 21 May
Organized by: Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House

Penumbra: n. comp. from lat. paene ‘nearly’ and umbra ‘shadow’. An intermediate area or state between shadow and light.


A new site-specific performance by Juri Nishi in collaboration with Bittersuite, as part of the Open Senses Weekend.



Umwelten (Surroundings) is a sensorial journey of choreographed voices, sounds, touch and movements inside a secret space at the Royal Academy of Arts. It heightens our awareness to change the way we perceive and embody the world around us. Each audience member is invited to construct their own imagined space through a landscape of poetry inspired by the myths and memories of Burlington House. 




The audience will enter their inner landscape to experience the world around them with heightened body awareness. An imaginary story will unfold around the audience through voices, sounds, touch and movements choreographed throughout a space that at first is hidden to them.




Please note that participants will be blindfolded upon entering the space. This is part of the performance, but audience members can decline if they feel uncomfortable. 




Artists:Juri Nishi, artist and choreographerAmy Neilson SmithZara Jayne ArnoldStephanie Singer, writer and performance artist




Performances run between 10am – 6pm each day and each will last for approximately 20 minutes.

London’s Open Senses festival runs from 20-21 May. It is a weekend of art exhibitions, live events and performances, sensory journeys and walks, open studios and labs, plus a ground-breaking symposium. For full details, visit the Open Senses website.