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biome ballroom: peatlands

Zoë Laureen Palmer

An artistic collage combining plants, dancers and blue disco balls
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: peatlands is the first series of evening events in collaboration with sound artist Keir Vine.

biome ballroom is a sonic durational ritual, dance and liberatory dreaming practise that explores encounters and relationality with our more than human kin. peatlands explores the biome as a timeless collaborative space, creating opportunities for disruption, mischief and joy during times characterised by grief, biodiversity loss and collective despair.

These twilight events are an invitation to choose your own journey through the ballroom – a world of immersive sound, scent, dancing and interspecies rest. 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 your co-hosts Zoë and Kookie Blue. You will be asked to take your shoes off for this part of the event.

The hosts will guide you down a short hallway to the Artsadmin Theatre, where you can sit or lie and experience the ballroom. There will be pillows available for the duration.

You will experience a performance in this space, before being lead back to the canteen to make mocktails and listen to music. There will be herbs used in the mocktails and in the performance.


  • The Artsadmin Canteen is accessible to wheelchair users and there are wheelchair accessible toilets. Read more about Accessibility at Toynbee Studios.
  • 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.
  • BSL interpretation is available on request. Email or call 020 7247 5102 to arrange this, and please allow at least a week’s notice.

Please email or call 020 7247 5102 if you have any further access requests.

  • Kookie Blu – Cleo Thomas
  • Sound Design – Keir Vine
  • Text, Concept – Zoë Laureen Palmer

Date and time

20 October 2023

Please note
This is now a past event.


Artsadmin Canteen, Toynbee Studios