Luca Silvestrini

Luca Silvestrini

Luca is Protein’s Artistic Director. He is known for his unique style of dance theatre combining choreography, text, humour and social commentary to present the everyday in revealing and subversive ways, on- and off-stage. Protein’s work, such as Dear Body, LOL (lots of love) and Border Tales has toured the world, from the USA to Russia, Columbia to Thailand.

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. He’s a regular guest teacher in Community Dance Practice at Corso per Danzeducatore in Bologna and at Danzatori per la Comunità in Turin, Italy.

Through Protein’s Real Life Real Dance programme, Luca has created ground-breaking participatory performance opportunities for disadvantaged and disengaged people, including young people in alternative provision schools, hospitals, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

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 21 years, and in 2016 Protein was again nominated (having won the accolade in 2011) for the Best Independent Company at the National Dance Awards.

He has won a Jerwood Choreography Award, a Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award, The Place Prize Audience Award and received a Rayne Fellowship. Luca is a Work Place artist at The Place.

 

Reviews

“If there is a thorny subject to grasp, then Silvestrini has the unerring talent to wrestle it into a capsule of dance theatre […] he makes audiences happy and sad but leaves us thinking about that narrative intention long after the music has ended.”
Graham Watts, DanceTabs about Border Tales

"Luca Silvestrini is the sharpest of comic choreographers"
The Guardian

Work for Other Companies

In addition to his work for Protein, Luca has created work for the Royal Opera House, The Wapping Project, Transitions Dance Company, CandoCo, Bare Bones, Funny Bones, Intoto, From Here To Maturity, Company of Elders at Sadler’s Wells, Sankalpalm, HeadSpace Dance, Verve and Sardoville. Theatre and opera credits include work for English National Opera, Theatre Rites, Royal Court Theatre, Duckie and Youth Music Theatre UK.

Awards and Accolades

2018

Greenwich Dance

Partner company, 2018-current

2017

People Dance

Associate company, 2017-current

Lustrum Award for the Greatest Festival Moments

Summerhall Arts Award Festival, 2017

Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, 2017

(nomination)

2016

ARC Stockton Arts Centre

Partner company, 2016-current

National Dance Awards, 2016

Best independent Dance Company (nomination)

2013

San Francisco Dance Film Festival, 2013

LOL (lots of love), filmed by HiBrow, shortlisted in Live Performance Relay category

Modul-dance Artist

Luca Silvestrini 2013-14

2012

Greenwich Dance

Resident Dance Company 2012-18

British Council

New Connections Award, 2012

2011

National Dance Awards, 2011

Best Independent Dance Company Best Modern Choreography - LOL (lots of love)

Theatre Awards UK, 2011

Outstanding Achievement in Dance - LOL (lots of love) (nomination)

Premis Ciutat de Barcelona, 2011

Special Commendation, Cruilles

2010

The Place

Work Place Artist, 2010-current

2009

DanceXchange, Birmingham

Associate Artist (Luca Silvestrini) 2009-14

2008

Swindon Dance

Associate Company 2008-09

2006

Rayne Fellowship 2006

Luca Silvestrini

2001

The Place, London

Choreographers in Residence 2001-04 Luca Silvestrini and Bettina Strickler

2000

Rencontres Choreographiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis

2000 British Dance Edition UK shortlist Portrait Group and Duck

International competition for Choreographers 2000, Groningen, Holland

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Bonnie Bird Choreography Award 2000

On The Couch

Jerwood Choreography Award 2000

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