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
"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" WhatsOnStage
"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 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.
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.
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.
Kip Johnson is based in Bristol. He began dancing at the age of 16 in the South West of England.
Kip graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) in 2009 and has since worked with Lea Anderson, Vincent Dance Theatre, Tilted Productions, Ultima Vez, Fevered Sleep and Gecko. Kip first worked with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein in 2005 whilst a member of Ludus Youth Company. Five years later he performed in Protein’s piece LOL (lots of love) and subsequent tours during 2011 and 2012. He then performed in Protein’s The Little Prince is 2019.
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.
Stuart Waters has been a successful performing artist and dance maker for 20 years working at the cutting edge of the devising processes and style of Protein Dance, Motionhouse and Wired Aerial Theatre.
As an integral member of these creative teams, he has been instrumental in realising these choreographic visions, intrinsically understanding the style and tone of each company’s work, involved in making seminal works that developed Dance Theatre and learning how to craft great theatrical works.
A key collaboration was with director Luca Silvestrini, contributing to the shows LOL (lots of love) and Border Tales.LOL (lots of love) toured worldwide, winning the National Dance Awards Best Independent Dance Company 2011 and British Council New Connections Award 2012. Border Tales toured nationally and finished at the Edinburgh Fringe where it received 5-star reviews.
Stuart is a student of Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 1998 and London School of Contemporary Dance where he studied for his MA and has been part of the One Dance UK mentorship programme. In 2011, he was awarded the Lisa Ullmann fund to travel to New York in 2011 to train with Susan Klein.
Stuart began to explore the creation of his own work in 2014, and has been commissioned to create choreographic works for Centres for Advanced Training (CAT) Schemes and BA Performing Arts across the UK. He secured Arts Council England funding to create RockBottom and plans to tour it with rigorous wrap-around workshops.
RockBottom is the first piece where Stuart choreographs on his own body, using his personal experience to tell a story that obviously means a lot to him, but also resonates to a wider audience as it speaks about the tenacity of human spirit to survive what sometimes seems impossible.
Stuart’s performance credits include working with:
Protein Dance, Wired Aerial Theatre, Motionhouse Dance Theatre, Attik Dance, Interplay Theatre Company, Dansconnect, Barebones and Panta Rei Dance Theatre.
Stuart’s creative collaborations include working with:
Liam Steel, Ben Duke (Lost Dog), Pipa Duke, Helen Baggett (Gecko Physical Theatre), Henri Ougike, Sharon Watson, Helen Blackburn, David Massingham, Mike Ashcroft (RSC), Rui Horta, Yorgos Karamalegos, Katie Green, Lois Taylor, Yale Flexer, Kenneth Tharp and Scott Ambler.
Omar Gordon is an experienced dancer with a demonstrated history of working in physical theatre, immersive dance theatre, contemporary dance, teaching (classical ballet & contemporary techniques) choreography, rehearsal directing and video.
Formerly a member of Punchdrunk Theatre Company, (London & Shanghai), Bern Ballet (Switzerland), Richard Alston Dance Company (UK), Lyon Ballet (France), Aterballetto (Italy) and Northern Ballet Theatre (UK) and guest teacher with, Norrdans (Sweden), Carte Blanche (Norway), Greenwich Dance & The Place (UK), Geneva Ballet (Switzerland) and The State Theatre Of Northern Greece (Thessaloniki).
Omar performed in Protein’s LOL (lots of love) and B for Body.
Charlotte trained at The Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst Ballet School. After Graduating, she joined Northern Ballet Theatre under Christopher Gable’s direction, becoming a Principal Artist and dancing roles such as ; Carmen, Cinderella , Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Kitri in Don Quixote.
In 2000 Charlotte joined Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm and danced the role of Aurora in Mats Ek’s Sleeping Beauty. Among other Ek works she also worked with choreographers, Ohad Naharin, Stijin Celis, & Jiri Kylian.
Charlotte retuned to London in 2005, where she became a freelance artist, performing the works of Cathy Marston and Will Tuckett, Javier De Frutos, Luca Silvestrini & Matthew Bourne.
Charlotte also performed as an actor in Dr.Faustus, and The Shakespeare’s Globe, and Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona. Both directed by Matthew Dunster.
In 2012, Charlotte Co-founded HeadSpaceDance with Christopher Akrill. They co-produced, together with The Royal Opera House, two productions ; Three & Four Quaters, and If Play is Play. They commosioned choreographers ; Luca Silvestrini, Mats Ek, Didy Veldman, Javier De Futos & director Matthew Dunster. They also collaborated with Arthur Pita for Stepmother-Stepfather. In 2018 HeadSpaceDance won The Critic circle National Dance Award for Best Independent Company.
Charlotte also choreographs & directs movement for theatre productions, which include; Comedy of Errors & Loves Sacrifice at the RSC, The lightening Child, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Richard II & Nell Gwynn at The Globe, Midsummer Nights Dream at Regents Park Theatre, Twelfth Night, The Sum & Sweeney Todd at The Liverpool Everyman, Home I’m Darling, at The National Theatre and The West End.
Fernanda Prata is an interdisciplinary artist working across Theatre and Dance for over 20 years. She has worked in collaboration with companies such as Punchdrunk, Vincent Dance Theatre, Protein, Stan Won’t Dance and Jasmin Vardimon. Other collaborations include working with the director Lucy Bailey as assistant choreographer for productions at The Globe Theatre and Regents Park Theatre, Tom Morris for London National Theatre, Dan Allum for the Romany Theatre Company and Sarah Dowling for the Royal Opera House.
Selected Choreographic works includes ‘The Drowned Man’ for Punchdrunk Company, ‘Nos’ commissioned by Horniman Museum and Gardens, ‘Midsummers Night Dream’ for Karamel Club Theatre in London, ‘I will do all that I can’ commissioned by London Contemporary Dance School, ‘No Contact’ commissioned by The Place, ‘An Open Book’ commissioned by NSCD.
As a Lecturer she has worked in main Dance Conservatoires and Universities in the UK such as Trinity Laban, London Contemporary Dance School, London Studio Centre, St.Mary’s University, Westminster College and Millikin University (USA). Currently Fernanda is the MA Course Leader on the Dance and Creative Enterprise at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and also a Lecturer in performance, choreography and contextual studies for their BA Programme.
Fernanda received a PhD scholarship at De Montfort University and currently researching The Dancer Training Within an Integrative Approach – A Transpractice Methodology, looking into performances practices between dance and theatre with a particular focus on Psychophysical training and Actioning Technique. She is investigating on how to offer a methodology for Contemporary Dancers with an integrative approach and ways that this methodology could offer potential for creating work.
Clemmie Sveas trained at London Studio Centre. Clemmie performed in Protein’s LOL (lots of love).
Dance includes: Step Mother/Step Father (Arthur Pita and HeadSpaceDance), Les Enfante’s Terrible (Barbican/Royal Ballet), If Play is Play and Three and Four Quarters (HeadSpaceDance), Collapse, Nest and Please be Seated (New Movement Collective), Witch Hunt (Bern Ballet), The Wind in the Willows (ROH2 and West End), The Most Incredible Thing (Sadler’s Wells, Austria and BBC4), Rambert (2003/04) Phoenix Dance Theatre (2007/08), Aida (Royal Opera House), Pleasures Progress, Ghosts and Anatomy of a Story-Teller (ROH2)
Theatre includes; Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe), Pinocchio (National Theatre), Macbeth (Young Vic), Everyman (National Theatre), Medea (National Theatre), The Lightning Child (Shakespeare’s Globe), Dr Dee (ENO and Manchester International Festival), Two Gentleman of Verona (Royal & Derngate), Mojo (Theatre Rites, Barbican), Cabaret (West End), Carousel (Chichester Festival Theatre).
Film includes; Cats, directed by Tom Hooper and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler.
Award nominations include; Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. 3 x Critic’s Circle for Outstanding Female Performer (modern).