Miles Hart Photography

Last and First Men

Neon Dance | Jóhann Jóhannsson & Yair Elazar Glotman | Tilda Swinton
Rewire 2024
do 4 apr - 20:15 - 21:30
do 4 apr 2024
20:15 - 21:30

During the opening night of Rewire 2024, Neon Dance presents a stunning and unique contemporary dance performance set to the backdrop of Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson's 16mm black and white film Last and First Men, based on the ground-breaking 1930 novel by Olaf Stapledon. With narration from Tilda Swinton and original score composed by Jóhannsson and Yair Elazar Glotman.

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. Across 2,000 million years, these last humans make contact with us, the first humans, telling their story and of their abilities, possibilities, and also their difference to us. The last humans not only offer their help, but also ask for help from us.

About Rewire 2024

For its 13th edition happening between 4 and 7 April 2024, Rewire festival will return to the city
centre of The Hague to present forward-thinking and genre-crossing music that’s
brimming with exploratory spirit. The festival takes place in a diverse range of venues,
including the Koninklijke Schouwburg.


original score Jóhann Jóhannsson, Yair Elazar Glotman
dance artists Fukiko Takase, Aoi Nakamura, Kelvin Kilonzo
choreography Adrienne Hart
artefacts Ana Rajčević
music performers Yair Elazar Glotman, Viktor Orri Árnason, Else Torp