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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 JoTowler on January 22, 2016
Luca started the year with two workshops at CAST, Doncaster on 12th and 13th January 2016 as part of Dance Transports, organised by Yorkshire Dance.
Participate: an Intergenerational Dance Practice workshop is a professional development opportunity for dance practitioners who are interested in developing their thinking and skills in community dance, with a particular focus on intergenerational practice.
Posted by manager on December 21, 2015
We successfully reached our crowdfunding target and raised £2,520 through our Indiegogo campaign!
Posted by manager on November 27, 2015
On Thursday 23 July, Protein's refugees project culminated in two sharings of the work that was created with and performed by the participants.
Posted by manager on November 5, 2015
Luca and Protein dance artist Valentina Golfieri created a new large-scale work with dozens of local people of all ages in the idyllic onsen town of Kinosaki, Japan, this summer.