Year of Production


A fantasy world of bare torsos, meat and steam. Protein’s first site responsive piece for the Wapping Project was made during the outbreak of the foot and mouth disease in 2013, mixing news coverage with Vivaldi’s music and images of young men wearing small bath towels. Performed on an outdoor staircase, and viewed by the audience only through the windows and doors from the inside of the building, the piece told the surreal story of a newly contaminated chef that must join his fellow ‘culled’ chefs in an after-life place. Following its premiere, the piece became so popular (and re-named The Boys in Towels) that the filmed version was shown on screens around the Wapping Project for the following few years.

Commissioned as of the Jerwood 10 X 8: Stairworks series  guest curated by Siobhan Davies, eight choreographers were invited to make 10-minute pieces for the external stairways. These were works to be caught out of the corner of the viewer’s eye and cannot be defined strictly as “dance” pieces. Wapping Project’s Director, Jules Wright wrote: “Protein’s is the piece that, out of all the works, captured people’s imagination the most. The piece married several elements and established a benchmark for dance pieces to come.”

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"This highly technical piece was humorous and very was interesting to have limited sightlines and see only glimpses of the dancers. It gave the illusion that there were hundreds of them back there."
Dance Insider

Production Credits

Conceived and choreographed by
Directed by
Devised and performed by
Music by
Sound design by
Lighting design by
Commissioned by

Tour History

The Wapping Project, London

30 June & 2-5 July 2001 part Jerwood 10x8, Stairworks 2001

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