Hull UK City of Culture 2017
We are delighted to be part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and to present an new edition of (In)visible Dancing, specially commissioned for the festival.
Want to take part?
Work is already underway and we are recruiting for local performers to join us in our finale performance on Saturday 1 July. Do you live in Hull or the surrounding areas? Are you part of a local group? Maybe you are a Kathak dancer, boxer or juggler? Maybe you are a first class skateboarder or can do mind blowing tricks on a BMX?
We want to hear from you!
Email our company administrator Jemma Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org telling us a little bit about your group and what you do.
Join in – follow us @proteindance #invisibledancing
Premiering at International Dance Festival Birmingham 2010 to great acclaim, it was seen by nearly 20,000 people in 2012 on the high streets of the UK and Dublin. In the summer of 2014 we reached over 20,000 people in England, Wales and Italy.
Each project begins as a small event and increases in size every time it appears, growing in number of performers and choreographic complexity. Constant rehearsal between shows keeps it fresh and ensures it gradually emerges over several days from what looks like random incidental behaviour on the streets to a fully-fledged dance performance with live music that engages with the location and behaviour of passers-by.
(In)visible Dancing culminates in a thrilling Finale that brings together nearly 100 performers, including local dance groups. Passers-by who have learned the Finale routine during the previous days can return to join in with the show as it comes to a thrilling climax in front of an audience of several hundred people.
Original concept by
Conceived and directed by
Devised and performed by
Scott Jennings/Thomas Goodwin/Chris Knight
Yuyu Rau/Valentina Golfieri/Maria Fonseca
Vicky Manderson/Patsy Browne-Hope/Miranda Letten
Ronny Nardo/Fania Grigoriou/Rachele Rapisardi/Neus Gil Cortes
Khyle Eccles/Matthew Winston
Francesca Moseley/Grace Okereke/Iris Chan
An International Dance Festival Birmingham production
Usually over 7-10 days
20-30 mins each show, twice a day,
culminating in Finale event
“I love stuff like that; flash mobs, dancing, all the rest of it. The thing about it was, I had no idea it was even happening. Then, suddenly, there it was!”
"It was fun, energetic, explosive, just kind of cheers up your day"
“It was just brilliant and it just brightened Coventry up and it was so impromptu”
“they were just randomly dancing … and you don’t know which … people are going to join in, and you (are) just looking around wondering what is going to happen next”
“it was really spontaneous and fun…. A nice little surprise after work”.
Audience members in Kingston, Coventry, Southend, Dublin and Canterbury
“Audiences don’t have to seek it out. It happens where they are. And I think that is the major, major benefit of the project. It really does have a big impact and that’s what I’ve been really pleased about…
Katherine Woodvine, Kingston upon Thames Arts officer
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Bristol The Cascades
as part of Dance Village,
Bristol Harbour Festival
Canterbury The Parade
as part of bOing! Festival
Bath Southgate Street
Cardiff Queen Street
Canterbury The Parade
as part of Festival Oriente Occidente
Coventry City Centre
as part of the Cultural Olympiad
Southend-on-Sea High Street
Kingston-upon-Thames High Street
Doncaster Frenchgate Shopping Centre
Dublin Grafton Street
as part of the Dublin Dance Festival
as part of International Dance Festival Birmingham 2010