Born in Jesi, Italy, Luca graduated in Performing Arts at Bologna University. In 1995, he moved to London to complete his dance training at Laban. Since then Luca has worked with Maxine Doyle's First Person, Catherine Seymour Dance Company, Lea Anderson and The Featherstonehaughs, Ruth Segalis' Rose's Thoughts, Bock & Vincenzi, Sarah Rubidge, Joanna Portolou and Aletta Collins.
His choreography dates from 1997 when he co-founded Protein. As Artistic Director he is known for idiosyncratic dance theatre work provoked by its deep connections with the everyday. His personality is stamped on large-scale cross-generational and participatory events, including the world record-breaking Big Dance Class, Eat London (which won a Visit London Gold Award) and Big World Dance 2010, both of which took place in Trafalgar Square. He has created full-length intergenerational productions in Valenciennes, Athens, Barcelona, London, Turin, Kinosaki (Japan) and Wadebridge (Cornwall); and has taught and presented Protein’s participatory work at schools and conferences in Singapore, Spain, Italy and Canada.
In addition to his work for Protein, Luca has created work for the Royal Opera House, Transitions Dance Company, CandoCo, Bare Bones, Intoto, From Here To Maturity, Company of Elders at Sadler’s Wells, Sankalpalm, HeadSpace Dance, Verge and Sardoville. Theatre and opera credits include work for English National Opera, Theatre Rites, Royal Court Theatre, Duckie and Youth Music Theatre UK. He has won a Jerwood Choreography Award, a Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and The Place Prize 2006 Audience Award and was one of the first recipients of a Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers (2006). In 2012 Luca and Protein were presented with a New Connections Award by the British Council in Italy for the valuable contribution made in developing closer relations between the UK and Italy.
The success and impact of Protein’s performance and participation programme has grown nationally and internationally over the last 20 years, and in 2016 Protein was again nominated (having won the accolade in 2011) for the Best Independent Company at the National Dance Awards. Since 1997, Protein has reached tens of thousands of people on the streets of the UK through its outdoor productions (In)visible Dancing at Hull 2017 and Windows in Progress, 2014 at the Royal Opera House as part of Deloitte Ignite. LOL (lots of love), 2011 inspired by online relationships, toured the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Colombia, Thailand and India and led to four industry award nominations. In 2015/16 May Contain Food toured nationally and internationally. The show was then adapted as a two-hander and toured to rural settings. A workshop and performative version was also created for older people in care homes. Protein’s Border Tales, first premiered in 2013, has been remounted for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and national touring in 2017.
Luca is a Work Place artist at The Place.
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