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biome ballroom: hinterlands

Zoë Laureen Palmer

A collage of a festively lit bar, with people dancing, baubles, trees, spirulina tanks, and a DJ deck
Image by Zoë Laureen Palmer

Part of biome: experiments in radical kinship, a year-long residency programme in the Artsadmin Canteen from artist, writer and human ecologist Zoë Laureen Palmer.

biome ballroom: hinterlands is the second in a series of evening events in collaboration with sound artist Keir Vine.

biome ballroom invites us into a sonic durational ritual and liberatory dreaming practise that explores encounters and relationality with our more than human kin. biome ballroom: hinterlands explores the biome as a timeless space, creating encounters and opportunities for visioning, mischief and joy during times characterised by biodiversity loss and collective despair.  

These twilight events are an invitation to journey through a world of immersive sound, scent, dancing and dreaming. There will be opportunities for conversation afterwards in the biome bar, where participants are invited to mix their own mocktails to beats from our more than human selecta.

What to expect

When you arrive at Toynbee Studios, come to the entrance to the Artsadmin Canteen, where you will meet the rest of the audience and the Artsadmin team. You will be offered a cup of hinterland tea and asked to take your shoes off for this part of the event.

The hosts will invite you into the Canteen space where you can rest and experience the ballroom. There will be pillows available for the duration.

You will experience a sound performance in this space, before being invited to make mocktails, chat, dance and interact with our music selekta. There will be a variety of herbs used in the mocktails and in the performance.

  • The Artsadmin Canteen is accessible to wheelchair users and welcome guide, hearing, emotional support and assistance dogs
  • All toilets at Toynbee Studios are gender neutral
  • There is outdoor and distanced indoor seating
  • A relaxed performance kit with yoga mats, blankets, cushions and ear defenders is available
  • Let us know if we can support you with any additional access requests by emailing us at

Date and time

25 November 2023

Please note
This is now a past event.


Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
London, E1 6AB
Tel: 020 7247 5102
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