Border Tales is a punchy yet poignant commentary on multicultural Britain using dance, live music and dialogue compiled from the performers’ personal experiences.
Treated with trademark physical and verbal wit, Border Tales, looks at multi-cultural living in the UK seen through the eyes of the characters on stage. Luca Silvestrini turns his sharply satirical gaze to stereotypical thinking, tolerance and where lines are drawn between ‘them’ and ‘us’.
Seated in the round to bring the audience closer to the action, a cast of international dancers and local performers entertained and provoked with an amusing yet poignant look at how we perceive ourselves and each other.
Running time: 95 minutes
"The whole thing is superbly staged and performed." The Telegraph
"Excellently performed by a multi-talented, international cast, Border Tales is a big, brave, cacophonous attempt to show what it means to live in multicultural Britain today." The Guardian
"Through explosions of rumbustious movement and continuous text, compiled from interviews and the dancers’ personal experiences, Protein shares with us stories and scenarios that make us laugh, cringe and reflect." London Dance
Stuart Waters has been a successful performing artist and dance maker for 20 years working at the cutting edge of the devising processes and style of Protein Dance, Motionhouse and Wired Aerial Theatre.
As an integral member of these creative teams, he has been instrumental in realising these choreographic visions, intrinsically understanding the style and tone of each company’s work, involved in making seminal works that developed Dance Theatre and learning how to craft great theatrical works.
A key collaboration was with director Luca Silvestrini, contributing to the shows LOL (lots of love) and Border Tales.LOL (lots of love) toured worldwide, winning the National Dance Awards Best Independent Dance Company 2011 and British Council New Connections Award 2012. Border Tales toured nationally and finished at the Edinburgh Fringe where it received 5-star reviews.
Stuart is a student of Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 1998 and London School of Contemporary Dance where he studied for his MA and has been part of the One Dance UK mentorship programme. In 2011, he was awarded the Lisa Ullmann fund to travel to New York in 2011 to train with Susan Klein.
Stuart began to explore the creation of his own work in 2014, and has been commissioned to create choreographic works for Centres for Advanced Training (CAT) Schemes and BA Performing Arts across the UK. He secured Arts Council England funding to create RockBottom and plans to tour it with rigorous wrap-around workshops.
RockBottom is the first piece where Stuart choreographs on his own body, using his personal experience to tell a story that obviously means a lot to him, but also resonates to a wider audience as it speaks about the tenacity of human spirit to survive what sometimes seems impossible.
Stuart’s performance credits include working with:
Protein Dance, Wired Aerial Theatre, Motionhouse Dance Theatre, Attik Dance, Interplay Theatre Company, Dansconnect, Barebones and Panta Rei Dance Theatre.
Stuart’s creative collaborations include working with:
Liam Steel, Ben Duke (Lost Dog), Pipa Duke, Helen Baggett (Gecko Physical Theatre), Henri Ougike, Sharon Watson, Helen Blackburn, David Massingham, Mike Ashcroft (RSC), Rui Horta, Yorgos Karamalegos, Katie Green, Lois Taylor, Yale Flexer, Kenneth Tharp and Scott Ambler.
From Egypt, dancer and choreographer Salah El Brogy is a graduate of Cairo Opera House Contemporary Dance School Theatre, where he trained in dance, acting, singing, theatre and music. He has a variety of dance backgrounds, from ballet to hip hop, street dance, folklore, Latin, jazz, contemporary and capoeira.
Starting his life with martial arts at the age of eight, Salah eventually joined his home city’s Ismailia Folkloric Dance Troupe in his teens. He subsequently joined the Reda Troupe, the first and biggest folklore dance company in the Middle East. After earning a place in the prestigious Cairo Opera House Contemporary Dance Theatre School, Salah was then offered to join the main Company upon graduating as one of its soloists.
In 2008, he received the Best Dancer Award from Egypt’s French Cultural Centre (now French Institute), and the following year he choreographed, performed and toured his solo Adrenalin. From 2010 until 2012, Salah was lead dancer for Akram Khan Company’s Vertical Road, joining Luca Silvestrini’s Protein in 2013 in Border Tales.
In 2015, Salah was nominated for Dance London’s Emerging Choreographer Award, as part of Salah El Brogy Dance Company. Salah regularly teaches a bespoke Extemporaneous dance class at The Place and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.
Salah previously danced with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein in Border Tales which included a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017.
Kenny Wing Tao Ho is a performer and artist based in London. He began training and competing in breakdance and then went on to study at London Contemporary Dance School.
Kenny began his career, on the stage of the 2012 London Olympics, with Akram Khan, and has since gone on to work with Hofesh Shechter Company and Gecko Theatre. He continues to work with these companies, as a performer, teacher and creator. More recently with Jose Agudo and Dickson Mbi.
Kenny performs with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein in Border Tales and is part of Protein 21 Reimagine, creating works across the UK in response to Protein’s repertoire.
Stephen Moynihan is originally from Cork, Ireland. Having graduated from London Contemporary Dance School, he has worked for various choreographers and companies in the UK and internationally including T.R.A.S.H., Hagit Yakira, Luke Murphy, BBC, Maxine Doyle, HBO, NBC, Alexandra Reynolds, Stephanie Schober, Yael Flexer, Retina Dance Company, Simon Vincenzi with London College of Fashion, Jean Abreu Dance, Joe Moran Dance, Robert Clark and Tom Dale Company. Stephen also danced with Akram Khan Company in the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. Stephen received a DanceWeb Scholarship as part of Impulstanz in Vienna and has been a member of the Dance Panel for the Olivier Awards.
Born in Nigeria, Femi Oyewole grew up in London and studied at the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology before continuing his training at London Contemporary Dance School.
Since graduating Femi has had the opportunity to work with a variety of choreographers and companies, including BlueMan Group, Will Tuckett’s Faeries, Simeon Qsyea, Ivan Blackstock and DV8 Physical Theatre. Femi joins Protein for the company’s new production, Border Tales.
Yuyu Rau trained in ballet, contemporary dance, Chinese martial arts and classical dance in Taiwan before moving to the UK in 2006.
Furthering her career as a performance artist, Yuyu has worked with a plethora of leading UK choreographers and companies including Wayne McGregor, Javier De Frutos, Lucy Guerin, Jean Abreu, ACE Dance and Music Company and Clod Ensemble.
As an actor, Yuyu was invited to perform Who am I at The Independent’s TED Talk 2013 and has since worked for National Theatre and Royal Court. Yuyu has also performed on the BBC drama One Child and sitcom Chinese Burn.
Anthar Kharana is a well-known Colombian musician, composer and multi-instrumentalist from the small town Ocaña. He comes from a line of musicians and is self-taught from the early age of eight. Anthar delivers a wide range of music styles and has a deep understanding of melody and complex rhythms, thanks to his passion for music from the world wide over.
He has been sharing traditions from his homeland in Europe for over fourteen years, as well as directing music projects and bands. Anthar runs musical workshops and performances, and collaborates with dancers and choreographers including Luca Silvestrini’s Protein, Vocab Dance and SinMan Dance. He is also a regular music accompanist at London Contemporary Dance School in London.
Uniquely, Anthar has mastered a wide range of vocal abilities from mellow feminine tones to deep growled Mongolian throat singing. Further to this, he is also a Sound Therapy Practitioner (British Academy of Sound Therapy) using his understanding of music and sound as a healing tool. He runs workshops, sacred music concerts, traditional ceremonies, private sessions and musical retreats worldwide.
Anthar is the Director of Tribal Sound Healing UK and Colombia, and is Co-Director of the first school of Sound Healing in Scotland: ANSU School of Sound and Tribal Healing Arts.
Currently Anthar can be seen performing with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein in Border Tales.
Born in Essex, UK, Eryck trained at The Royal Ballet School. Eryck’s dance career has seen him work for companies including Rambert Dance Company, Michael Clark Dance Company, Humanoove, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein, Company Chameleon, Alexander Whitley Dance, New Movement Collective, Musemotion, and Hong Kong Ballet. He has performed works by Christopher Bruce, Itzik Galili, Richard Alston, Merce Cunningham, Siobhan Davies, Luca Silvestrini, Garry Stewart, Mark Baldwin, Andre Gingras, Darshan Singh Buller, Paul Taylor, and many others.
For Protein, Eryck performed in Border Tales and was rehearsal director during May Contain Food. Eryck has also worked on movement development for numerous West End musicals including Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Groundhog Day and Frozen. In addition to dancing Eryck teaches yoga and Vedantic thought and trained under renowned teacher Claire Missingham. He teaches at studios across London.