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
"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 graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2006. He joined Buzz Dance Theatre Company in Perth Australia, works include: Colourwheel, Chrissy Parrot’s Terminal Velocity, Amy Smith’s Refund Policy, Cinderella Dressed In Yella regional WA Tour and Rabbit Australia Tour. He joined Yellow Glass Theatre/Eventainment’s production of Hair the Musical and RENT. David moved to London in 2008, working with Luca Silvestrini. Shows include: On Display for Birmingham International Dance Festival 2008; Protein Dance Company’s Dear Body (UK tour 2008-09), Gary Clarke Dance Company for Coal (UK tour 2009); Mad Dogs Dance Theatre for new work(2009); Neon Dance Company for Falling from Trees (2010)The Intention (2011-2014) Empathy (2014). Barebones Dance Company Barebones Decade Show (2011), Jean Abrue Dance Company Inside (2011), Finn Walker City Film Productions, Mitridate (2016) Royal Opera House. Film and Tv credits include BBC Atlantic series 1 Playing the role of Nereus and Paramount Pictures World War Z.
David started Mischief Company in (2014) Premiering RED in 2017 presenting the work at Surf The Wave (2019) following a South UK touring commissioned by Pavilion Dance South West and funded by Arts Council England. Other Company works include Purgatory: Nothing to say commissioned for JV2 and Paradise (2015), Dogtown (2016) and Blackrock (2017) commissioned by Cumbria University. David joined Jasmin Vardimon Company in 2009 for the creation and performance of 7734, Yesterday, Freedom, Justitia, Park, Tannhauser (ROH) and played Geptepto in Pinocchio. Davidbecame Course Leader for JV2 in (2017 – 2019) Davidchoreographed ‘Neverland’ for the JV2 2019 tour performing at Sadler Wells (2019). David performed Pinocchio in South Korea, Hong Kong, Soul and Macau. Davidstarted a new Research and Development for MischiefCompany’s new show BLUE working alongside Dance City, PDSW and Gulbenkian with funding by arts Council England. David has now becoming the Artistic Director and Programme Leader for the MA Course at Dance City.
Vicki Manderson is an award nominated movement director, she also works as a performer and teacher. She is co artistic director of award winning theatre company, groupwork.
Recent work as a movement director and choreographer includes Light Falls, Queen Margaret, Happy Days, Almighty Sometimes The Royal Exchange; Last Orders at the Dockside, The Country Girls; Jimmy’s Hall The Abbey Theatre; The Afflicted groupwork;Square Go Francesca Moody Productions; Crooked Dances RSC.
Companion: Moon Coney; ear for eye, Instructions for Correct Assembly, A Profoundly Affectionate and Passionate Devotion to Someone (-Noun), The Children Royal Court Theatre; 306 Day National Theatre Scotland; Br’er Cotton Theatre503; Cockpit Lyceum Edinburgh; We’re Still Here National Theatre Wales; See me Now Young Vic; Details Grid Iron.
As Associate movement director, Let the Right One National Theatre of Scotland/Royal Court/West End/St Ann’s Warehouse; In Time O’Strife, Black Watch National Theatre of Scotland; The Twits Royal Court;The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time NT/West End.
As a performer she has worked with Frantic Assembly, National Theatre of Scotland, ENO, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein, Stan Wont Dance and Bare Bones.
Sarah Storer has been a professional dancer / choreographer for the past 22 years. She has performed, toured and created work in London, nationally and internationally. Sarah attended The Central School of Ballet in London before graduating from The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, UK.
As a dancer Sarah has worked with numerous international choreographers and companies, including Luca Silvestrini Protein (London), Bonachela Dance Company (London), Henri Oguike Dance Company (London), National Dance Company Wales (Cardiff), Company L’Explose (Bogota), Bill T Jones (New York), Frederic Flamand (Brussels ), Örjan Andersson (Stockholm), Toni Mira (Barcelona), Didy Feldman (Amsterdam), Kim Brandstrup (London), Ben Wright (London).
Her work as a choreographer / director includes National Dance Company Wales (Cardiff) – choreographic assistant, Pecsi Ballet (Hungary) – CAT Company, The Place (London) -‘The Marriage of Figaro ‘, The Colombian National Opera (Bogota) – full length choreographic collaboration for the Resident Dance Company Jorge Eliecer Gaitán Theatre (Bogota) – ‘Puss in Boots’ an operetta forThe Colon Theatre (Bogota) – two full length musicals for director Jorge Ali Triana (Bogotá) – Associate choreographer, Sesc Cia de Dança, Belo Horizonte (Brazil)
At present Sarah is the artistic director / choreographer of the contemporary dance company (CDTM) based at the Teatro Mayor, Julio Mario Santo Domingo theatre in Bogota, Colombia.
Theatre includes: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Original Company (Palace); The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe); Little Shop of Horrors (Royal Exchange Theatre – nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Roles at the Manchester Theatre Awards); The Light Princess (NT); Cabaret (Savoy); Maria De Buenos Aires (Cork Opera House); God’s Garden (Linbury/Royal Opera House – nominated for best Male Performer at the National Dance Awards);
Directing includes: A Darker Shade of Fado and Soul of Fado (Without Walls, Greenwich/UK tour); Pulsar, Ritmo DasEstações (Portugal).
Choreography includes: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Hamburg (Associate – Mehr! Theatre); Ragtime (Associate – Regent’s Park Open Air); Tannhauser, Aida (Associate – Royal Opera House);
Michael trained at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, where he won a Wayne Sleep scholarship.
As Movement Director/Choreographer, Michael’s credits include La Forza Del Destino (Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos), I Capuleti E I Montecchi (The Arcola Theatre), Un Ballo in Maschera, La Forza Del Destino (WNO), Max The Brave (Britten Sinfonia), Simplicius Simplicissimus(Independent Opera), Anna Bolena, Ariadne auf Naxos,Alcina, Tannhauser and Xerxes (Longborough Festival Opera), Lady of Stavoren (Over the Pond Productions), Forbidden Love (London tour) and BBC’s Cash in the Attic. He was Dance Captain and part of the creative team for the opening of the Paralympic Games 2012.
As a dancer, Michael’s credits include We had a black dog (Red Oak Theatre), The Loves of Mars and Venus (Weaver Dance Company), La Serva Padrona (Barefoot Opera), Trapped (Experiential Theatre), The National Battle of Somme Commemoration (Somme 100), The Happiness, The Crutch(Karla Shacklock Dance Company), Mapping the Territory (Time Won’t Wait), Haining Dreaming, The Great Train Dance, 5 Soldiers (Rosie Kay Dance Company), Meeting Mr Book (Darren Ellis Dance), Close Distance (Helen ParlorDance), Wings of Desire, Home (DanceXchange), Dear Body (Luca Silvestrini’s Protein), Happy Together, Ducky Nights.
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