First performed in 2021 as Protein’s first public performance since the start of the pandemic, En Route was a opportunity to share collective space and connect as the world moved out of isolation. In 2022 the production returned as En Route to Common Ground, part of Greenwich and Docklands International Festival and introduced an ensemble of local community performers alongside Protein’s cast and guests.
En Route explores our connection to walking, from pilgrimage to protest and our way of connecting with nature and the environment.
"A playful and powerful journey of individuals coming together to form an empowered collective, the audience sharing every step and every minute" The Stage
"An epic promenade show that moved seamlessly between celebration & elegy, joy & fury while also filling Woolwich with the spirit of carnival. We loved every fabulous moment!" The Greenwich Visitor (2022)
"En Route is a dazzling investigation into the possibilities of live performance... It was a masterclass in site-specific work" The Greenwich Visitor
"Reconnects us with place and presence" Springback Magazine
"En Route consistently brought Woolwich to life in mysterious, magical ways" Seeing Dance
Bonnie Bird Choreography Award winner (2005), Temitope Ajose Cutting has created and staged works for venues such as Royal Opera House and ROH2. She has been commissioned by The Place Prize Bloomberg, and exciting dance producer Eckhard Thiemann at the Lowry. Her works have been performed at DanceXchange, RichMix, Dance base in Edinburgh, Swindon Dance and the Soho Joyce (New York).
As a dancer, Temitope has worked with Punchdrunk, director Carrie Cracknell at The Gate Theatre and very recently at The National Theatre, director Amy Hodge, Boxd productions, Theo Clinkard and Lea Anderson, Joe Moran and Sue Maclaine. in addition to this she has been part of the performance team re-staging Joan Jonas retrospective at the Tate Modern, working with choreographer and curator Nefeli Skarmea for artist Megan Rooney at the Serpentine Pavilion and now working closely with Megan Rooney for her solo show at Kunsthalle and most recently the Lyon Bianale.
Temitope continues to make her work producing a show at The Southbank this autumn with director Jo Tyabji working on the politics of public speaking with an extraordinary cast.
Temitope performs in Protein’s Border Tales and co-delivers Protein 21 Reimagine, creating works across the UK in response to Protein’s repertoire.
Sophie Arstall is a dancer, maker and facilitator, working for choreographers in the UK and abroad: Hagit Yakira, guest artist for Candoco Dance Company, Rosemary Lee, Stacked Wonky, Vanessa Grasse, Annie Hanauer, Attik Dance, Ingri Fiksdal, Rosie Kay, Willi Dorner, Tony Mira, Ben Wright, Charlie Morrissey, for Glyndebourne and Toulouse Opera, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival and the Tate Galleries.
She makes her own work with collaborator Elizabeth Barker under the name Average Height Ladies. Commissions include work for The Horniman Museum, South Bank Centre, Trinity Laban and Channel 4 Random Acts. She also teaches professional and community classes across London and the UK.
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.
Sonya Cullingford is a London-based actor, dancer and musician. She recently filmed a role in Barry Levinson’s Harry Haft, appeared as Wally in BBC2’s Egon Schiele; Dangerous Desires and Satan in Impermanence’s The Ballet of the Nations. She performs regularly with Impermanence Dance Theatre, in Wayne Parsons’ Vestige. She has worked extensively with Will Tuckett, most recently in Elizabeth at the Barbican. She was original cast in Punchdrunk’s The Drowned Man, played ‘Lavinia’ in Titus Andronicus, and has also appeared in Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl and Les Miserables. She is currently performing in London playing ‘Anna’ in Souvenir with Any One Thing. She is represented in London by Eadon Management.
Sonya performed in Protein’s multidisciplinary May Contain Food.
Born in London, Antony began performing in works by Royston Maldoom and Rosemary Lee for the Dance Umbrella festival. He then went on to train at the Centre for Advanced Training and subsequently at London Contemporary Dance School, where he graduated with a first-class honours degree.
He has performed in original works by Pell Ensemble (800 Lifetimes, UR: Human Presence, Locus), Gwyn Emberton Dance Company (Raft. Nominated for ‘Best Production’ and ‘Best Choreographer’), Didy Veldman, Kerry Nicholls and he danced in Crystal Pite’s Polaris as part of Thomas Adés: See the Music, Hear the Dance at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Antony also has an interest in design and is a self-taught costume designer.
Anders Duckworth is a Swedish/British non-binary, performer and choreographer and grew up in South Devon.
In 2014, they graduated from London Contemporary Dance School and joined Maresa Von Stockert’s Tilted Productions for 5 years working alongside dancers and circus performers in both indoor and outdoor work. They have also danced for choreographers including Lea Anderson, Kasia Witek, Jose Agudo and Requardt & Rosenberg, and in their own work, most recently, Well Lit, which premiered in Sweden in 2020.
Tom trained in contemporary dance at Laban, London followed by the CCN in Montpellier, France. He has worked with artists such as Hofesh Shechter, Ben Wright, Rosemary Lee, Charlotte Spencer, Yuval Pick and Charlie Morrissey.
Since 2010, Tom has worked on various projects with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein including (In)visible Dancing, To The Bone, Crossroads and Real Life Real Dance, engaging migrants, refugees, and students from pupil referral units in dance.
Tom has an extensive teaching practice that includes dance, movement and nature-based outdoor workshops.
Lauren is a London-born and based dance artist. She began her dance training at The BRIT School specialising in performing arts. After this, she went on to train at The Place on the BA (hons) course, studying contemporary dance. Deciding to explore her practice further, she continued at The Place, completing an MA on the postgraduate course EDGE in 2021.
Since graduating Lauren has been freelancing in the UK. So far she’s delighted to have worked on a range of projects including: Starving Dingoes - Lea Tirabasso, Chicken Teriyaki - Rosalía X Holly Blakey, Leaders of a New Regime - Corey Baker X United Nations X Nowness, WE HAPPY BUT WE BROKEN - Malik Nashad Sharpe and the 2022 Commonwealth opening ceremony.
Jenna Anne is a freelance dancer, model and poet. She mainly works as a performer with various dance theatre companies nationally and internationally.
She is curiosity-led and inspired by her observations of the world around her.She seeks to record her interactions and experiences and their impact on her inner world through integrated artistic mediums, combining poetry, photography, modelling, dance, and film.She shares her perspective with a spirit of generosity. She seeks to create and be a part of work that will inspire, provoke conversation, and encourage connection between people. She has a passion for teaching and believes community engagement is vital to creating meaningful work. She teaches dance in schools, and youth centres and has facilitated workshops with various community groups and charity groups specifically supporting Refugee and Asylum Seekers in the UK.
Folu’s journey into the arts began at Glenthorne High School where he developed an interest in dance and theatre. Following this he decided to take more of a focus in dance where he we trained at The Place CAT scheme and became a member of the National Youth Dance Company from the years 2013-2015.
Folu took his training further when he went to study at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (2015-2018) where he had the opportunity and privilege to learn from and collaborate with both the faculty of the school as well as his fellow students. Upon graduating Folu has had the opportunity of working alongside various companies and artists, such as Russell Maliphant Dance Company, Teac Damsa, Gavin Coward, National Dance Company Wales and Tribe//.
Alongside collaborating with other artists as a performer, Folu is also currently developing his own ideas and work in storytelling through the mediums of movement, writing and film.
Born in London, Kassichana is a freelance contemporary dancer and movement director. She graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2017 and has since worked with a range of UK choreographers – including touring work by Extended Play, ACE Dance and Music and TRIBE. Kassichana worked with the BODHI PROJECT Dance Company (Salzburg); touring pieces by Reut Shemesh and AdriennHód.
Kassichana has choreographed work for Sony Music, MORGAN and the BA (Hons) Degree at NSCD (TRIBE). She is interested in moving from sensation, improvisation and questioning the politics of bodies in spaces.
Simon trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, nurturing an early interest in physical theatre and object manipulation. He first appeared as a dancer in several works for Maresa von Stockert/Tilted Productions and with Theatre Rites as a dancer, actor and puppeteer.
Other works include The Little Match Girl for Arthur Pita, Betrayal: A Polyphonic Crime Drama for I Fagiolini, Mucky Pup for Theatre Alibi, Benvenuto Cellini for Terry Gilliam/ENO. For Punchdrunk, Simon has appeared in The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable in London and spent 3 years living in China for their long-running production of Sleep No More in Shanghai.
Simon has worked with Tom Roden, Lucy Suggate, Fleur Darkin, Sweetshop Revolution, and has performed work for Hannah Buckley, Shobana Jeyasingh, Kim Brandstrup, and Hofesh Schecter.
Rachele Rapisardi graduated from CODARTS (NL) and then relocated to London where she joined EDge11. Since leaving EDge Rachele has worked with companies and independent choreographers such as Lost Dog (Ben Duke), Luca Silvestrini’s Protein, ilDance, Clod Ensemble, Gwyn Emberton Dance, Emma Martin Dance, Theo Clinkard, Quang Kien Van, Emanuel Gat, Jorge Crecis, Jose Agudo, James Finnemore, Christopher Evans and Neus Gil Cortes, spanning across the UK, Sweden, Israel and Ireland. Since obtaining her MA in Performing Arts in 2015, Rapisardi has been also developing her freelance career as a teacher, rehearsal director and associate director in particular with Protein Dance.
Work with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein (2014 onwards): As a performer Rachele has been part of Invisible Dancing (2014-2018). As a teacher and co-leader she has been working with professionals and students (from GCSE to MA) as part of Protein’s educational programme for Border Tales in 2017-2018. As an Associate Director in 2018 for the rural touring of ʻMay Contain food, May Contain Youʼ in theatres, community halls and care homes.
She has also been very involved co-leading and delivering community-based projects as part of Protein’s RLRD programme ‘There and Here’ 2015 – performance with refugees and asylum seekers from the Islington Centre in London. ‘XOXO’ (2016) and ‘These is Us’ (2017, 2019) – performances with Pupils in Referral Units (PRU) in South East London and Stockton-on-Tees
Luke was born and bred in Sheffield, England and began his journey into dance at the age of 13, attending the Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s CAT Scheme when he was 17. He then went on to train at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating in the summer of 2022. During his time at Northern he has worked with Phil Sanger, Akeim Toussaint Buck and Mad Dog’s Dance Theatre. Luke also took part in Protein’s acclaimed dance film “The Sun Inside” in 2020.
Luke has prior training in acting, musical theatre and instrument playing, most notably the Trombone. He has a large interest in the use of text and language as a choreographic tool and is excited to push this skill set further in his career.
Luke is thrilled to be joining Luca Silvestrini’s Protein this year.
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.
Toril is a percussionist, currently in his first year at
the Royal College of Music (RCM) with a full
scholarship. He twice reached the Percussion Finals
of BBC Young Musician and has worked in a large
variety of musical fields. Toril also composes,
having been highly commended multiple times
and being awarded first prize in the BBC Proms
and Royal College of Music Junior Department
composition competitions respectively. He has
performed solo at many venues including the
Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.
Toril would like to thank the RCM for his Parnassus
scholarship, and the Cherubim Music Trust for
loaning him a 5-octave Marimba. Toril performed in En Route 2021.
Ruby is a trumpeter & singer and studied at
Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester for five
years before attending the Royal College of Music
where she is a Jane Barker Scholar. Ruby was a
member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great
Britain (2017 – 2018) and enjoyed playing at
prestigious venues, including The Royal Albert Hall
for the BBC Proms. She played with the National
Youth Music Theatre (2016 – 2017) and performed
her West End Debut on A Christmas Carol at the
Dominion Theatre. She’s currently a chair holder of
the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and offers
private instrumental & vocal tuition.
Trumpet player Celeste Cantor-Stephens plays music that focuses on the creative and exploratory,
embracing a range of practices and traditions, from klezmer to jazz to free improvisation. She is
also a composer, writer and educator-facilitator. Balancing practice and academia, Celeste has
studied widely, including with trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas, at institutions such as the
Conservatoire de Caen (Normandy) and the Creative Music Studio (NY), and gaining postgraduate
degrees from Oxbridge universities.
Celeste is deeply committed to developing the relationship between music and work that is socially
and politically engaged, with human experience at its centre. She focuses, in particular, on human
displacement and borders, and on radical approaches to education, using creative, interdisciplinary
approaches as an expressive, human-led means of exploring and confronting.
Anna is a versatile and creative freelance Tuba player and educator based in London. Graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2019 with a degree in Classical Performance, Anna has been fortunate enough to play with orchestras, ensembles and bands in prestigious venues across Europe.
Although specialising in Classical Tuba, Anna also has a keen interest in jazz, experimental and contemporary music and enjoys having the opportunity to experience new genres and musical challenges.
Wilf is a London-based trombonist, pianist and
improviser. Wilf is active on the thriving London
jazz scene and is currently writing original material
for a new quartet. He has performed at venues
such as Ronnie Scott’s, The Vortex, EartH Hackney
and the Southbank Centre and is an alumnus of
World Heartbeat Academy, Centre for Young
Musicians and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music
and Dance (2017 -2021). Wilf teaches trombone
and music theory and is available as a session
musician, composer and arranger
George is a London based saxophonist, composer, arranger & improviser.
Previously, he was Musical Director for Protein’s Invisible Dancing (2019) & En Route (2021).
George can be heard playing a diverse range of jazz and improvised music
around the UK as either bandleader or sideman. He writes and performs original
contemporary music with his band Ideasthesia and experimental co-led
guitar/saxophone project Solmonath. Past performances include Ronnie Scott’s,
Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Snape Maltings and Cafe OTO.
He is an alumnus of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
(2017-2021), Aldeburgh Young Musicians (2014-17) and currently works with the
National Youth Jazz Orchestra (2020 – present). He offers private woodwind and
improvisation tuition and is available for gigs, recordings and compositional
Laura completed an MMus in Jazz Trombone at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 2020 with Distinction, during which she regularly performed in venues such as Ronnie Scotts with Mark Lockheart’s Contemporary Big Band, and various other smaller jazz ensembles. Laura plays in a plethora of other musical projects and genres including Barnacles, an experimental jazz quintet, and Latin Jazz ensemble The Voodoo Love Orchestra. She has toured with the renowned Giffords Circus, where she played trombone in their orchestra, and runs 11-piece afro-jazz band Yamäya that recently reached the final 8 bands (out of 5600 entries) in the Glastonbury emerging talent competition.
Laura has just received the Arts Council England Develop Your Creative Practice grant to explore her own contemporary jazz compositions and to continue studying under various renowned UK trombonists and composers.
Malick was born in Casamance Land (Senegal / West Africa) into the traditional milieu of sacred music of this region. He was raised in Ziguinchor within a griot family of Cissoko, where the mastery of African harp and drumming has had been shared across generations. Malick started to play kora at the age of 5 under his grandfather’s guidance Massen Cissoko, an internationally renowned kora master.
Malick began his career playing African percussions with Tamala, African ballet of Ziguinchor, where he mastered djembe, sangban and dundun while studying alongside Mocoulou Savane and Seckou Keita. In 2007, Malick cofounded a music group called Segourouba Group (formerly ‘Kamben Kefo’) famous for Seguruba percussions and widely recognized in the region of Ziguinchor for its traditional Mandeng music wisdom. In 2017, Malick joined AsuKa Tendeng Family, a traditional Jola music group, as a first korist and percussionist. Together, they were selected for Grand Prix du President de la Republique de Senegal and awarded 4th place.
Throughout his career, Malick spent many years training young musicians and teaching in international workshops along his older brothers. In 2018 Malick came to London to continue teaching and developing his practice. He has played in many concerts and festivals and has become a valued artist within the Southbank busking scene.
GodsGift Omokaro is the first child of five children, and one of two musicologists in the family. He discovered his musical talents by singing in church at a very young age, and further by enrolling to study saxophone at Sax Academy, Lagos. His tremendous growth and passion for music won him a scholarship for a Diploma in Music. With over eight years of experience in teaching music and over ten years in musical performances, He is an expert independent musician on the rise in the gospel, smooth jazz, and traditional folksongs. He has directed several choirs and bands and has volunteered at initiatives with a goal to better the lives of people through his craft. He is currently working on his album and kick-starting relevant partnerships.
Joel Waters is a Drummer, Guitarist and Educator originally from Bedfordshire, now living in South East London. Since completing his Jazz degree at Trinity Laban, Joel has had many successes touring and recording internationally with various artists. Including the likes of; Olivia Dean, Sultan Stevenson trio, Rae Morris and Mathilda Homer. Joel also shares a huge passion for teaching, and has taught across a wide number of schools, and institutions in the UK.
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