Community Projects

Over the last 21 years, Protein has developed a unique voice in the dance sector for bringing together people of all ages and walks of life in high quality, large scale projects and productions that challenge participants’ preconceptions of one another and audience’s ideas about what dance can be and who it is for.

Luca Silvestrini has gained an international reputation for his inclusive and transformative approach to dance for everyone; his mass participatory events and professional stage and off stage productions have literally brought entire communities on stage.

Protein 21

Protein 21 marks the company’s 21st birthday in 2020 with a three-part thematic programme: Remix, Reflect and Reimagine.

Remix Series launched with the broadcast of our smash-hit commentary on multicultural Britain seen through the eyes of an international cast Border Tales with The Place Online.

Showing from 25 June 2020: LOL (Lots of Love) with DanceEast and The Place Online.

Showing next, Dear Body, from 9 July with Lakeside Arts.

Reflect zones in on people who have been associated with the company since the start. In the filmed interviews, they will recall how Protein has impacted their lives and how the company has been shaped by those involved.

Reimagine has groups of all ages creating new dance works in response to Protein’s repertoire.

We are extremely excited to work with the following dance groups over the coming year:

ARC Stockton – We are TS18 youth group
Dance City – BA (Hons) Professional Dance in Newcastle
Dance4 CAT – Centre for advanced training in Nottingham
DanceEast – EncoreEast resident over-50s company
Dynamix Dance– Youth street dance group in Thamesmead
East London Dance – Leap of Faith group for older people
Halley Academy – BTEC dance students
Magpie Dance – adult inclusive dance groups
Pavilion Dance South West – Vivre Dance Company for over 50s
Plumstead Manor Secondary School – dance students
Rambert School – Pre vocational group
Royal Academy of Dance – Ambassador Scheme and Combine Company
The Albany – Love2Dance youth group
The Point, Eastleigh – Retrospectif group for older adults
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – Boundless group for older adults


In response to the current tendency to separate age groups, Protein’s intergenerational performance projects provide an opportunity to share experiences and cultures across generations with the ultimate goal of creating an understanding about who we are and what we know about the others.

Turning the physical and experiential challenges of a cross-generational project into significant instruments of social cohesion and theatrical beauty, we brought communities closer to dance as both participants and audiences.

Since Creola (2000)  to Alfresco (2005), and via the different Crossroads editions, Luca has developed an open format where personal stories, cultural traits and local traditions have made every production a unique and relevant live painting of a locality and its people.

Project history:

2016 – Generate, Wadebridge (Cornwall), part of Salt Festival
2015 – Crossroads, Kinosaki (Japan)
2012 – Dimore, Turin (Italy), part of Co-dance
2011 – Cruïlles, Barcelona (Spain)
2011 – Crossroads, London, part of GDIF
2007 – Valfresco, Valenciennes (France)
2007 – Stavrodromi, Athens (Greece)
2005 – Alfresco, Leeds, part of Dansopolis
2000 – Creola, Polverigi (Italy), part of Inteatro

People Dancing Together

People Dancing have commissioned Protein to create and lead on their new large-scale mass performance programme, People Dancing Together.

Developed in association with the British Council and their Connecting Classrooms global education initiative plus a network of Higher Education Institutions, it offers Protein the opportunity to build both our digital content and our International profile.

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