(In)visible Dancing is an emergent, participatory performance combining the idea of a ‘flash mob’ with a show that is performed and developed over a period of one or two weeks. It has been presented to major festivals in the UK, Ireland and Italy and has been seen by over 159,000 people since 2010.
At a time when so much divides us, (In)visible Dancing aims to bring together different community strands, from apprentices to local performers and everyday people, to reconnect them with their high street and each other.
Surprising and seemingly impromptu bursts of dance pop-up on high streets, crossroads and squares, culminating in a large-scale finale by performers, live musicians and passers-by who have learned the steps.
“Thank you for the emoting experience and bringing together so many cultures. Dance is for everyone.” Audience member
“Audiences don’t have to seek it out. It happens where they are. And I think that is the major, major benefit of the project. It really does have a big impact and that’s what I’ve been really pleased about… They are so dedicated. You get 100% from them. They really, really want to make it work." Katherine Woodvine, Kingston upon Thames Arts Office
"Absolutely wonderful. An inspiration for all ages and cultures" Audience member
A dancer/ choreographer and movement director, Jon graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. He has performed nationally and internationally with Luca Silvetrini’s protein in LOL (lots of love) and is in the original cast of (In)visible Dancing (2010).
Jon has performed for Ballet Lorent and spent 4 years working with young offenders and those at risk of offending with Dance United. Jon has taught in many educational settings from early years to university degree courses. His passion for teaching, dance and movement has led him to work with groups in Africa (Aduna Dance Ethiopia), Palestine (larjee Centre Bethlehem), and in 2013 Jon was part of the team that worked on the mass movement piece for the opening ceremony of the Rugby League World Cup.
Jon is mass rehearsal director for Akram Khan’s Kadamati and was the rehearsal director for the National Theatre’s public acts production of Pericles. Jon is an associate artist at Hull Truck Theatre and is co-artistic director of Tenfoot dance company.
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.
Miranda Mac Letten has a 1st class Hons degree from London Contemporary Dance School. After graduating she became an apprentice for Punchdrunk, performing in their collaboration with The English National Opera, “The Dutchess of Malfi”. She has continued to work for Punchdrunk on productions such as “The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable” and “Sleep No More”, Shanghai. Interactive and immersive theatre have heavily featured in Miranda’s career.
She has worked with Lucy Ridley Associate Creative director for Secret cinema on productions such as ‘Blade Runner, final cut’and ‘Back To The Future’, but also for a collective Lucy established called The People Pile on multiple occasions, similarly she works for Gideon Reeling a company that produces one off immersive events performing and costuming projects.
Along side performing Miranda has founded her own company Kerfuffle Dance. she has specialised in creating, casting, and costuming performance opportunities for dancers in immersive events work. Mostly based in London, the performances are funded by commercial opportunities and collaborations.
Miranda is also a keen actress, she has worked for theatre company Shared Experience “Mermaid” and Bold Tendencies “Titus Andronicus” in association with Parkour UK.
Other companies she has worked with include David Lloyds Mischief company, John Ross Dance, Shaper/Caper, Etta Ermini Dance Theatre, James Cousins Company, Runhoratio, C-12 Dance Theatre, and Bicycle Ballet.
Miranda performs in Protein’s (In)visible Dancing and co-delivers Protein’s Real Life Real Dance project, working with young people excluded from mainstream education.
After graduating from the University of Chichester with a First Class (Hons) degree in Dance, Jonathan toured as a member of postgraduate company mapdance, performing works by Richard Alston, Motionhouse, Liz Aggiss, Lila Dance and ildance.
Upon completion of his formal training, Jonathan has been performing professionally. Credits include Rosie Kay Dance Company, Gingerline, C-12 Dance Theatre, Maxine Doyle, Hit the Ground Running Dance Theatre Company, Lila Dance, Flexer & Sandiland, Salah El Brogy and Katie Dale-Everett Dance Company.
Jonathan performed in Protein’s (In)visible Dancing in 2018 and 2019 and co-delivered Protein’s community-based programme, Real Life Real Dance, in 2020.
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
Born in Greece, Fania, studied at the State School of Dance in Athens. She joined the National Theatre of Northern Greece and after 3 years she moved to London to become a freelance artist.
She has since worked with PunchDrunk Theatre Company, National Theatre London, The Royal Opera House, Satore Studio,Yorke Dance Project, Maiden Voyage,The Chemical Brothers, Pet Shop Boys and choreographers such as; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Liam Steel, Fernando Magadan, Cameron McMillan, Lynne Page , Paula Rosolen, Amit Lahav and Alex Reynolds, amongst others.
Film Credits include: The Mummy, How to talk to girls at parties, Les Miserables and Anna Karenina.
She holds an advanced level qualification in Stage Combat(APC).
Fania has returned from Shanghai, China after an extensive period of performing in the immersive theatre show, Sleep No More, with the award winning company Punchdrunk Global.
She danced with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein in (In)visible Dancing, LOL (lots of love), Windows in Progress and The Picnic.
Matthew began his training at Laban, completing his degree with first class honours. He then spent a year at London Contemporary Dance School as a member of EDge, the post graduate dance company, performing work by Trisha Brown, Ben Wright and Kerry Nicholls. After graduating, Matthew went on to work with Bare Bones dance company, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, and was a founding member of Ben Wright’s company, Bgroup. He has also worked with Liam Steele and Robert Tannion in their company Stan Won’t Dance, performed in operas at home and abroad, taught classes and workshops, and completed his MA at London Contemporary Dance School.
In 2012 Matthew began working with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein, notably performing in (In)visible Dancing and May Contain Food. In his most recent work with the company, Matthew completed a rural tour of the duet May Contain Food, May Contain You.
Since 2017 he has also toured Night at the Theatre with Casson and Friends, created The Quiet with Glasshouse dance, and taught a series of children’s dance classes in China. He has just completed a tour of Sleuth with Zoie Logic Dance Theatre – an interactive film Noir detective story.
Neus Gil Cortés is a Spanish dancer, choreographer and dramaturg based in UK. With more than ten years of experience as a dance artist, Neus previously danced in companies such as Hofesh Shechter Company, National Dance Company Wales and Dance Works Rotterdam, amongst others. In 2015 Neus created the company Nua Dance to support her choreographic work. Neus’ creations have been presented in Holland, U.K., N.Y. and Spain.
Neus performed in Protein’s (In)visible Dancing in Canterbury 2016 and Hull 2017.
Parsifal James Hurst (known as Pj) started working for Protein in 2012, in what was his first professional job out of training from London Contemporary Dance School. He performed Protein’s award-winning LOL (lots of love) on two national & international tours in 2012 & 2014. In 2018, PJ performed in Proteins (In)visible Dancing in Stockton-on-Tees.
PJ co-delivers Protein’s Real Life Real Dance programme, engaging students from pupil referral units and people in hospitals in dance which PJ found extremely rewarding and a great privilege to do this for the company.
Teaching: Practitioner for New Adventures delivering workshops across the country including dementia programme Dance For Life, Widening Participants Officer for LCDS’ third year touring company LC3, Guest teaching on the degree course at LIPA, Lecturer at Chester University, Practitioner teaching GCSE dance for James Cousins, Dance Artist for Homegrown Dance Theatre.
Charity events: Performed in the Peggy Hawkins Scholarship Fund at The Robin Howard Theatre The Place and ‘Mr Wonderful’ at Sadler’s Wells.
Films & Videos: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Wake up Leo Friends and It Gets Cold for Eliza And The Bear
Other career highlights: Matthew Bournes Swan Lake UK and International Tours 2013 and 2018- due to finish in 2021, Garsington Opera Death in Venice, In Good Company choreographed by Joel O’Donoghue, Tenfoot Dance Company’s Yira, Fallen Angels Dance Theatre Upon Awakening & Hell Can Wait, Gary Clarke’s award-winning COAL.
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.
Patsy Browne-Hope studied musical theatre at Phil Winston’s Theatreworks before graduating from Northern School of Contemporary Dance where she worked with Debbie Johnson, Niamh Condron, Matthias Sperling, Mobius Dance Theatre and Ace Dance and Music.
Patsy first began working with Protein in 2010 for (In)visible Dancing, performing and teaching on the streets of Birmingham as part of International Dance Festival Birmingham. She also performed in Protein’s acclaimed work LOL (lots of love) for its international tours in 2011 and 2012. Other performance credits include the Akram Khan Dance Company for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London. Patsy is also a keen teacher and regularly works in primary schools in her home city of Birmingham and runs professional classes within the city centre.
Valentina was born in Rimini, Italy. She trained at London Contemporary Dance School where she completed her BA and MA after spending a year touring with the postgraduate company EDge.
Valentina is the Associate Director of Arthur Pita’s Open Heart Productions. She has created and performed roles in Arthur’s productions since 2010, including the Royal Ballet’s Metamorphoses, God’s Garden and The World’s Greatest Show. She is currently touring with the company’s production of The Little Match Girl.
She has worked with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein since 2011, as performer and Assistant Director. With the Company she has toured the globe performing, teaching and leading projects with hard to reach communities. She has also performed extensively with Frauke Requardt, Will Tuckett, Clod Ensemble, David Rosenberg, Daniel Kramer, Royal Opera amongst others.
Valentina guest teaches throughout the country and designs costumes for dance, including productions for Candoco, StopGap, Sweetshop Revolution, Frauke Requardt and NSCD’s Verve.
Maria Fonseca is a Portuguese dance artist who trained at London Studio Centre.
As a teenager Maria performed in the touring musical Morangos com Açucar ao Ritmo da Amizade. Whilst training Maria performed in commercial works such as George Sampson – Candy Girl and Kris Menace feat. Emile – Walking on the Moon. In her final year at LSC she specialised in contemporary dance, touring with Intoto Dance and performing works by Ben Wright, Darren Ellis and Nuno Campos.
Since graduating, Maria has worked a great variety of commercial and contemporary artists, including Nuno Silva, Rizzle Kicks, Adidas, Ivan Blackstock, BBC2, Pascal Merighi, Sébastien Ramirez, Jack Murphey, IJAD Dance Company and Jean Abreu Dance. Maria choreographed Red Tears for Resolution 2014 at The Place.
Maria danced with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein in (In)visible Dancing.
Chris Knight grew up in Herefordshire and started out breaking with mates as a teenager. This was moulded into an early form of 2Faced Dance Company with the friends touring shows up and down the country. Chris then went on to complete his professional training at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and London Contemporary Dance School, where he graduated in 2012 with a BA (Hons). He has since performed in and out of the UK for Companies and Choreographers including: Company Decalage, Balletto Civile, Matthias Kass, Maura Morales, Shumpei Nemoto, Robin Dingemans and Sweetshop Revolution.
Chris performed in Protein’s (In)visible Dancing and Windows in Progress.
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Powis Street & General Gordon Square, Woolwich Town Centre, London
25 July-4 August 2019
Wellington Square, Stockton-on-Tees
1-5 August 2018 part of SIRF2018
Jameson Street, Hull
21 June – 1 July 2017 part of UK City of Culture 2017
The Cascades, Bristol
11-16 July 2016 part of Dance Village, Bristol Harbour Festival
The Parade, Canterbury
20-26 August 2016 part of bOing! Festival
Southgate Street, Bath
3 June–14 June 2014
Queen Street, Cardiff
18–28 June 2014
The Parade, Canterbury
6-13 July 2014
Rovereto, Italy as part of Festival Oriente Occidente
30 August–6 September 2014
Coventry City Centre
25–29 July 2012 part of the Cultural Olympiad
Southend-on-Sea High Street, Essex
27 June–7 July 2012
Kingston-upon-Thames High Street
6-16 June 2012
Doncaster Frenchgate Shopping Centre, Doncaster
24 May–2 June 2012
Dublin Grafton Street, Dublin
13-20 May 2012 part of the Dublin Dance Festival
April-May 2010 part of International Dance Festival Birmingham
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