Dear Body

Year of Production


Protein’s tenth anniversary production, Dear Body is a witty satire on our growing fixation with body image and body care.

Drawing inspiration from Luca Silvestrini’s B for Body, which won the Audience Vote in The Place Prize 2006, Dear Body continues that most private dialogue of all: the one we have with ourselves

Dear Body features innovative choreography, Protein’s trademark dark humour and distinctive video animation from award winning filmmaker Rachel Davies.

Played out by six outstanding dancers (including Sally Marie in the role that won her a National Dance Award nomination) and an ensemble cast of performers drawn from across the local community, Dear Body delivers a high-energy blow to our image-obsessed age.

Running time: 70 minutes
Contains nudity

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"there is real pathos in [Sally Marie's] declaration that she feels, at last, ready to be loved"
Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday
"Luca Silvestrini's surreal, cartooning wit finds its ideal subject in Dear Body"
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian
"Dear Body is a satirical mortar shell... buy a ticket"
The Observer
“A rib-tickling dissection of the quest for the body beautiful”
The Metro
"The only time I have found contemporary dance funny"
Brian Eno


David Lloyd

Vicki Manderson

Sally Marie

Sarah Storer

Nuno Silva

Michael Spenceley

Production Credits

Conceived and directed by
Devised and performed by 
Soundtrack curated by
Original music by
Additional music by
Sound engineering by
Film and video animation by
Lighting by
Set and costumes designed by
Education Associate
Specialist consultancy
Artistic Adviser
Production Manager
Technical Manager
Technical Stage Manager
Photos by
Trailer by
Graphic designer
A co-production with
Commissioned by
Support from

More About The Show

National Dance Awards 2008
Nominee Outstanding Female Performance (Modern) Sally Marie

Special thanks to all the performers that have contributed to the development of Dear Body since 2005:

Lee Bamford, Ben Duke, Valentina Formenti, Omar Gordon, Phil Hill, Anders Jensen, Rosie Kay.

Thanks also to Chris Copland, Richard Rudnichi at the People Show, Stage Electrics Ltd for their generous support.

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