Portrait with Group and Duck

Year of Production


With a cast of 6 dancers and 40 chairs, Portrait with Group and Duck highlights the extremities of human interaction and relations. Events evolve from the formal and self-conscious environment of a social gathering to shameless but liberating excitement, triggered by a televised confession.

Portrait with Group and Duck toured nationally and internationally for 3 years, as part of double bills with either Protein’s Duel or On The Couch, or with other companies work. It was performed in major festivals around Europe, shortlisted for the Rencontres Choreographiques De Seine-Saint-Denis (Bagnolet competition) and presented at British Dance Edition 2000 in Newcastle.

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“Highly energetic and side-splittingly funny”
Tanz Der Dinge (Switzerland)
“If laughter really is the best therapy, Protein should charge you by the hour”
“Protein Dance brings the Resolution! Season to a triumphant end. (…) Company dynamics are winning here, the dancers work so well together that they are as convincing as characters in a soup opera”
Josephine Leaske

Production Credits

Conceived and directed by
Devised and performed by
Music by
Lighting design by
Sound engineer
Technical Manager
Supported by

Tour History

Pré-des-Druides, Lausanne, Switzerland

10 & 11 July 2001 part of Festival de la Cité

The Corn Exhange, Newbury

28 June 2001

Braithewaite Hall, Croydon Clock Tower, Croydon

15 June 2001 part of Dance Mania

Richmond Theatre, London

1 April 2001 part of Leap into Dance

Town Hall Studio, Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe

30 March 2001

Rhoda McGraw Theatre, Woking

23 March 2001 part of Woking Dance Umbrella

Rotherham Arts Centre, Rotherham

5 December 2000

Battersea Arts Centre, London

17 November 2000 part of Wandsworth Arts Festival

Pavilion Theatre, Brighton Dome, Brighton

16 November 2000

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

15 November 2000

Bluecoat, Liverpool

10 November 2000

Arnolfini, Bristol

2 November 2000

Bonnie Bird Theatre, Laban Centre, London

25 & 26 October 2000 part of Connect

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

16 October 2000

Theater Am Halleschen Ufer, Berlin, Germany

17-19 August 2000 part of Tanz Im August (London in 3D, triple bill with Akram Kahn and Jeremy James Company)

The Place, London

30 May 2000 part of Spring Loaded (triple bill with Benji Reid and Badejo Arts)

Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany

30 April & 2 May 2000 part of Junge Hunde

Kanonhallen, Copenhagen, Denmark

11 March 2000 part of Junge Hunde

Tanzhaus Wasserwerk, Zürich, Switzerland

25-27 February 2000

The Space, London

19 February 2000

Swindon Dance, Swindon

18 February 2000 part od Dance Mix (double bill with Henri Oguike Company)

Lipman Theatre, Newcastle

12 February 2000 part of British Dance Edition

Phoenix Arts, Leicester

9 February 2000 (double bill with Sean Tuan John)

Piscines B. Picornell, Barcelona, Spain

25 July 1999 part of Dies de Dansa

Teatro della Luna, Polverigi, Italy

9 July 1999 part of Inteatro

GDK Gavella Theatre, Zagreb, Croatia

07 June 1999 part of 16th Dance Week Festival (double bill with JVC)

The Place, London

26 March 1999 part of Spring Collection

The Place, London

13 February 1999 part of Resolution

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