LOL (lots of love)

Year of Production


Luca Silvestrini’s critically-acclaimed show enters the lives of a group of six people trapped in their webs of aspirations, desires and self-broadcasting.

Reflecting their inability to free themselves from their online personae, the characters narrate their busy and intricate electronic lives as their physical interaction becomes progressively more awkward and out of control.

Against a video wall of screen-gazing individuals, the cyber souls stylishly nail the language of life online in their quest for romance. Talking and dancing at speed, they tackle the baffling etiquette of electronic discourse, make hilarious straight-to-the audience confessions, and dance the physical equivalent of poking and tweeting. With video animation by Rachel Davies and original music by Andy Pink, these ingredients conjure a razor-sharp commentary on our Facebook society, and an affecting rendering of human need.

Running time: 70 minutes 

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"Human communication on virtual speed, exhilarating and funny. His best creation to date"
The Guardian
"Savvy, highly entertaining dance theatre"
The Times
"a blistering mix of beauty and wit"
"Sings with melancholy tension... LOL is Silvestrini's strongest work to date"
The Observer
"sharp, slick and altogether brilliant"
Cloud Dance Festival
"An extremely well written, witty take on the social mores in an internet age, LOL is a must watch performance for all internet users. It makes you laugh yet think at the same time"
British Council, India Blog
"Protein’s sharpest and funniest work thus far"
The Stage
"This may be Silvestrini's best piece yet – very sharp, very now, and lead performer Sally Marie is always a delight to watch."
Time Out
"A razor-sharp look at how we are rewiring romance"
The Metro


Patsy Browne-Hope

Jon Beney

Valentina Golfieri

Kip Johnson

PJ Hurst

Stuart Waters

Omar Gordon

Charlotte Broom

Fernanda Prata

Clemmie Sveaas

Sally Marie

Production Credits

Conceived and Directed by
Devised and performed by
Music composed by
Video and animation design by
Lighting design by
Costume stylist
Voice Coach
Promo trailer by
Photos by
Commissioned by
Supported by

Tour History

Sala Petrassi, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma, Italy

20 & 21 February 2015 part of Equilibrio – Festival della Nuova Danza

Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth

12 February 2015

British Council Theatre, New Delhi, India

12-15 December 2012 part of Impulse

Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai, India

7 December 2012 part of Impulse

Concert Hall, Sir Mutha Venkatsubba Rao, Chennai, India

4 December 2012 part of Impulse, A Season of UK Contemporary Dance

Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

29 & 30 November & 1 December 2012 part of International Dance Festival

Teatro Jorge Eliècer Gaitán, Bogotá, Colombia

21 & 22 November 2012 part of 5th Festival Danza En La Ciudad

Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

5 October 2012

Sala widowiskowa Warsztatów Kultury, Lublin, Poland

1 & 2 October 2012

Teatr Studio, Warsaw, Poland

27 & 28 September 2012 part of 11th C/U body/mind International Contemporary Dance Festival

Park Theatre, Murska Sobota, Slovenia

31 August 2012 part of Front@

Cavallerizza Reale, Turin, Italy

13 & 14 July 2012 part of Teatro a Corte

MAC, Belfast

1 May - 3 May 2012

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

3 April 2012

Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, Merseyside

30 & 31 March 2012

The Castle, Wellingborough

27 March 2012

The Place, London

16 & 17 March 2012

University of Surrey, Guildford

14 March 2012

Al-Kasaba Theatre and Cinematheque, Ramallah, Palestine

11 March 2012 part of Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival

Dar Takafa Theatre, Marrakech, Morocco

7 March 2012 part of On Marche, Festival International de Danse Contemporaire

Meyerhold Theatre Centre, Moscow, Russia

2 & 3 March 2012 part of Golden Mask Russian Festival of Performing Arts

Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

28 February

Mad'Art Carthage, Carthage Dermech, Tunisia

18 & 19 February 2012

Babel Theatre, Beirut, Lebanon

13 & 14 February 2012

Rose Theatre. Kingston-upon-Thames

10 February 2012

Watford Palace Theatre, Watford

7 February 2012

The Place, London

4 February part of British Dance Edition

Lawrence Batley, Huddersfield

2 February 2012

LICA Live, Lancaster

31 January 2012

LPAC, Lincoln

27 January 2012

Zoo Southside, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh

22-27 August 2011 part of British Council Showcase

HKD, Rijeka, Croatia

29 May 2011 part of 28th Dance Week Festival

ZKM, Zagreb, Croatia

28 May 2011 part of 28th Dance Week Festival

Deda, Derby

15 & 16 April 2011

Riverfront, Newport

7 April 2011

Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

5 April 2011

Corn Exchange, Brighton Dome, Brighton

1 & 2 April 2011

Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch

14 March 2011 part of East London Dance’s Dance Currents 2011

The Place, London

10 -12 March 2011

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

8 March 2011

Duckie, London (extract)

5 March 2011

ARC Stockton Arts Centre, Stockton-on-Tees

2 March 2011

Curve, Leicester

28 February 2011

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth

19 February 2011

DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham

17 February 2011

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

15 February 2011

ICIA, Bath

12 February 2011

Taliesin, Swansea

10 February 2011

The Brewery, Kendal

4 February 2011

Minerva Studio, Chicester

2 February 2011

DanceEast, Ipswich (Premiere)

28 January 2011

South Hill Park, Bracknell (Preview)

21 January 2011

The Place, London (extracts)

15 May 2010 part of The Place at 40

DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham (extracts)

5 February 2010 part of British Dance Edition

Greenwich Dance, London (extract)

29 January 2010 part of Cabaret

The Place, London (extract)

September 2009 part of Touchwood

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