Year of Production


A bilingual exploration of competitive behaviour between an Italian man and a Swiss woman.

Protein’s launch and first ever public performance was Duel on 21 January 1998 at The Place, as part of Resolution. Later on this signature duet went onto a national and international tour and was performed at different gala performances including the Jerwood Choreography Award at Royal Opera House, London

In 2000, Duel came second place at the International Competition for Choreographers in The Netherlands. As a result of that, acclaimed Dutch company Galili Dance introduced the piece in their repertoire.

The last ever performance of Duel was in 2005 in Montreal, Canada. Protein’s dancer Esther Weisskopf performed in Bettina Strickler’s role.

Running time approx. 17 minutes

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“Duel’s witty cut and thrust plays like a surreal sitcom, straying from language lab to nostalgic dancehall as the protagonists zealously mark their territory in the court of love. Short and bittersweet, Duel is a minor modern classic.”
“Dressed in neat, emphatically pressed formal clothes, Strickler (Swiss) and Silvestrini (Italian) begin with a fast, impacted little dance that rapidly turns into a study of insecurity and bad timing”
The Guardian

Production Credits

Choreographed and performed by
Also performed by
Music by
Sound and lighting by
Technical manager
Photos by
Supported by

Tour History

Tangente, Montreal, Canada

12-15 May 2005 part of Moment'hommes: Danse Gaies

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

14 May 2003 presented by DanceEast

Norwich Playhouse, Norwich

9 May 2003 presented by DanceEast

Tanec Praha, Prague, Czech Republic

10 & 11 June 2002 part of XIV International Dance Festival of Contemporary Dance and Movement

The Clore Studio, Royal Opera House, London

28 October 2001 part of Jerwood Choreography Awards (Dance Umbrella)

St Dunstan's Hall, Glastonbury

28 July 2001 part of Glastonbury International Dance Festival

GDK Gavella, 19th Dance Week Festival, Zagreb, Croatia

8 June 2001 part of Next Step, British Council Dance Showcase

Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London

10 & 11 May 2001 (a double bill with Physical Recall)

Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking

23 March 2001 part of Woking Dance Umbrella

Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

16 March 2001 (a double bill with Welsh Independence Dance)

Salle des Fêtes, Enghien-les-Bains, France

25 November 2000 part of Mouvements de Danse

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

16 October 2000

Teatro della Luna, Polverigi, Italy

11 July 2000 part of Inteatro (XXIII International Festival)

Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany

30 April & 2 May 2000 part of Junge Hunde

The Point, Eastleigh

16 March 2000 part of Mixed Doubles

Barking College/Leyton Sixth Form College/New Vic, London

6, 8 & 13 March 2000 part of Mixed Doubles/Match Point and presented by East London Dance and Stratford Circus Arts Centre

The Space, London

19 February 2000

Swindon Dance, Swindon

18 February 2000 (a double bill with Henri Oguike Dance Company)

Stadtsschouwburg, Groningen, The Netherlands

29 & 30 January 2000 part of 6th international Competition for Choreographers

Battersea Arts Centre, London

11 November 1999 part of Wandsworth Arts Festival (double bill with Colin Poole)

Dance is Key at The Tabernacle, London (Turtle Key Productions)

16 June 1999 part of Mixed Doubles

The Space, London

11 December 1998

Jacksons Lane, London

19 August 1998 part of Sadlers Wells' Mosaics

The Place, London

21 January 1998 part of Resolution

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