The recent commission for Sardoville Dance A Matter of Impression comes to London's Chisenhale Dance Space on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 June. With Luca’s trademark comedic style this new work is a combination of exceptional physical theatre and a humorous spin on life and people.
'...seductive performers, seamlessly integrating text with exhilarating technique and contact work.'
Check out the four star review for Luca's recently commissioned work Attempting to Impress, for Sardoville Dance.
Stockton PRU Project
Protein has just returned from a three-week project based in Stockton-on-Tees, working in partnership with ARC Stockton and Bishopton PRU.
Over the course of this intensive residency, we collaborated with the students from Bishopton PRU to create a brand new piece of dance theatre this is us, performed at ARC Stockton alongside artists from Protein. Influenced by Border Tales, created by Luca Silvestrini in 2013, this performance takes an ironic yet moving look at identity and the way we are perceived by others.
this is us is the ninth young people’s project Protein has run nationwide as part of its Real Life, Real Dance programme.
National Dance Awards 2017 Nomination
We are delighted to have received a nomination for Best Independent Company for the 17th National Dance Awards!
We would like to thank the very talented artists, collaborators and contributors with whom we have the great privilege of working with.
Care Home tour - Autumn 2017
Protein recently worked in partnership with DanceEast to tour an adaption of May Contain Food to Care Homes across rural Suffolk. Re-imagined as May Contain You, the tour acted as a pilot project testing and exploring whether the adaptation has the ability to reach new audiences that would otherwise have limited opportunities to engage with the arts.
The performance was re-devised as a two person show which responded to each new setting whilst maintaining its characteristic playfulness, and pre and post show participatory activities were delivered alongside it.
Luca Silvestrini's Protein is auditioning dancers for a variety of projects during 2017 and beyond.
We are looking for technically strong, versatile performers who are experienced with, and have skills in, devising and contact work. Performers should also demonstrate proficiency in working with voice and text.
We welcome applicants from diverse range of cultural and dance backgrounds.
Please send one headshot, a short biography, a maximum of two video links of recent work and a letter of interest to email@example.com by Friday 24th February 2017.
Successful applicants will be invited to audition/workshops at the beginning of March.
(In)visible Dancing 2016!
New Executive Director
Luca Silvestrini’s Protein is delighted to announce the appointment of Franck Bordese to the role of Executive Director, commencing January 2017.
Having returned to the UK after managing Performa in New York, his previous role in London was Executive Director for Siobhan Davies Dance Company. Franck joins Protein as it approaches its 20th anniversary and Artistic Director, Luca Silvestrini, says "Franck's expertise and passion for dance will bring new energy to Protein's vision and our exciting plans for development in the future”. Protein’s chair of trustees, Colin Marsh, says “The board is delighted to have attracted someone of Franck’s calibre to this key leadership role in the organisation and we look forward to working with him to further the great impact the company is having in dance”.
Generate Community Project 2016
This Summer Luca and Protein dancer Kip Johnson spent two weeks in Wadebridge, Cornwall to create a large scale outdoor performance with members of the local community. It involved 76 performers (aged 4 months old to octogenarians) who took part in the creative process and on Saturday 7 July animated the streets of Wadebridge, including its old train station, with a stunning finale in the Town Hall. Generate was part of Salt Festival 2016.
Border Tales on the BBC!
On Monday 18 April 2016, an extract of Border Tales was filmed by BBC World Service as part of their 'Identity Day'. Performed in the iconic art deco Radio Theatre in Old Broadcasting House, it was shown on BBC channels around the world, including BBC Africa, BBC Persian, BBC China and BBC Arabic.
Year 5 Primary School Pupils Review May Contain Food!
Are you curious to know what 10 year olds think of May Contain Food? During our Spring 2016 tour Protein performed May Contain Food at Bury St Edmunds Festival, where a team of young critics from Woolpit Primary Academy came to review the show.
The show was very comical and included music, opera, dance and awesome acting! Another fun part was that we got to taste food in weird ways like rolling cherry tomatoes on our faces then eating it.
Oliver H, age 10
All the music was cleverly created through the performers singing, mouth movements, tinfoil and other kitchen utensils.
Kadence C, age 10
To read all the reviews click HERE
Posted by on November 7, 2014
Luca has just got back from two incredible weeks in Japan. Most of his time was spent in Kinosaki, which is a famous onsen (hot spring bath) town, with a couple of days in Kyoto at the end.
Posted by on May 14, 2014
Protein's brand new Company Administrator, Joel Cottrell, started at Protein Towers on Monday and is rapidly getting into the swing of life here.
Joel joins us from Sadler's Wells, where over the course of three years, he work as Stage Door Keeper, Usher and finally Producing and Touring Assistant.
Posted by JoTowler on April 1, 2014
Midlands Youth Dance Festival 2014 on Saturday 26 April at Ruddock Hall, Birmingham, includes vibrant performances of work by some of the best youth dance companies in the East and West Midlands, including ACE Youth, Motionhouse Youth and Motus Dance Company. Luca Silvestrini is making a new piece to accompany the event.
Posted by JoTowler on March 31, 2014
Protein's new production Border Tales had a run of 16 performances at The Place in London. This was an experiment to see if a longer run meant that word of mouth and social media could bring in a new audience. We are delighted to say that we think it does! 12 of the 16 shows sold out, and we averaged 90% box office capacity over the whole run.