A story of love and friendship for children and grown-ups alike.
Welcome to the incredible story of the Little Prince, retold in this live show by a pilot stranded in the desert.
Nominated for Best Modern Choreography at National Dance Awards, 2021 Winner of the Fantastic for Families Best Family Event Award, 2020
Find out how the Little Prince leaves behind his own tiny asteroid and beloved rose and journeys through the universe, coming face to face with the baffling world of grown-ups! Have you ever heard of a king who reigns over nothing? Or a businessman obsessively counting stars?
Once on planet Earth, the Little Prince is welcomed by a mysterious snake and a truly wise and friendly fox before encountering the lone pilot. Together they discover the power and beauty of friendship and the complexity of love.
Based on the world-famous story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince is brought to life using Protein’s award winning mix of dance, humour, singing and spoken word. With an original score by Frank Moon, design by Yann Seabra, video design by Daniel Denton and lighting by Jackie Shemesh, Protein’s new show invites us to look at the world through one’s heart and to reconnect with our inner child.
Running time: 70 minutes
"St-Exupéry’s enigmatic tale [...] delivered with quirky charm. Prendergast is touchingly excellent in the title role" The Observer
"An artful piece of children’s entertainment without sacrificing adult appeal" The Times
"A packed house of Ipswich schoolchildren was enthralled from start to finish" The Stage
"Among the most inventive and ingenious mini-masterpieces you are likely to see this year" The Reviews Hub
"Luca Silvestrini’s The Little Prince fills the eye and the heart" Culture Whisper
"Utterly enchanting" London Living Large
"Magically appeals to every age group" Greenwich Visitor
Karl is performing in Protein’s The Little Prince.
He was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark. He grew up in a theatrical environment with his father running a comedy theatre school. At 18 he quit ice hockey and began his dance training at Sceneingangen in Copenhagen. He continued his training in London where he studied at London Studio Centre and Rambert School. He supplemented his formal training with workshops in Vienna and Brussels with, among others, David Zambrano, Rasmus Ölme, Susan Klein, Miguel Gutierrez and Rootless Root.
Since graduating Karl has been working with among others, Lela McMillan Dance, Arthur Pita, Lucy McCormick, Simon McBurney, Russell Maliphant, Lewis Major Dance, Julie Schmidt Andreasen, Alexander Baczynski-Jenkins, Junk Esemple and Sweetshop Revolution.
Luis spent his early years in the Lake District, beginning his journey into the dance world through the breaking scene and eventually progressing on to the Lowry CAT scheme. He then went to study at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating in summer 2021. During his training at NSCD, Luis enjoyed working with Anton Lachky and Vicki Igbokwe, as well as touring with Rita Marcalo (Instant Dissidence) in 2020.
Alongside performance-based work, Luis has a strong interest in choreography; co-founding both Evil Alex and Funkified Fried Funk Fries, companies that he is excited to continue working with.
Having trained and received BA (hons) in both Theatre and Dance, and a PGDip from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, with distinction, Andrew performs as a dance artist and actor.
Currently Andrew can be seen dancing with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein in Border Tales and The Little Prince.
He has also worked with renowned choreographers and UK based Dance and Theatre companies such as Ben Wrights bgroup, Curious Seed, ZoieLogic, Riccardo Buscarini, Jamie Fletcher Company, James Wilton, Casson and Friends, Smallpetitklein, Shaper Caper, Encounter, LaBanda, Steven Hogget for How to train your Dragon 2 and Simon McBurneys The Rakes Progress (Igor Stravinsky) in collaboration with Festival Aix and The DNO.
Andrew has taught for Youth companies, adult classes, Professional class and undergraduate dance courses within Scottish Dance Theatre, National Dance Company Wales Young Associates, Smallpetitklein, KNT danceworks, The Space Dundee, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Ignite Scotland, GDA, ZoieLogic and Plymouth Conservatoire amongst others. Beyond performing, he is a keen dramaturg, and really enjoys working alongside other dance and theatre makers to realise their visions. He supported Zoielogic, Rendez-Vous Dance and Levantes Dance Theatre on their recent works.
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.
Donna is a classically trained soprano who trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has performed extensively throughout the UK at venues including the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, St John’s Smith Square, and Kings Place.
Donna is a keen advocate for contemporary music, and has premiered many new works by living composers.
For Protein, Donna has performed in May Contain Food and The Little Prince.
Simon trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, nurturing an early interest in physical theatre and object manipulation. He first appeared as a dancer in several works for Maresa von Stockert/Tilted Productions and with Theatre Rites as a dancer, actor and puppeteer.
Other works include The Little Match Girl for Arthur Pita, Betrayal: A Polyphonic Crime Drama for I Fagiolini, Mucky Pup for Theatre Alibi, Benvenuto Cellini for Terry Gilliam/ENO. For Punchdrunk, Simon has appeared in The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable in London and spent 3 years living in China for their long-running production of Sleep No More in Shanghai.
Simon has worked with Tom Roden, Lucy Suggate, Fleur Darkin, Sweetshop Revolution, and has performed work for Hannah Buckley, Shobana Jeyasingh, Kim Brandstrup, and Hofesh Schecter.
Faith grew up in Colorado, USA, when she began dancing at a young age. She went on to train at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and furthered her training at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.
Since then she has been freelancing in the UK and has had the privilege of working with artists including Arthur Pita, Joel O’Donoghue, Sarah Shorten, Sally Marie, Leila McMillan, and The Royal Court.
Faith is currently dancing with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein in The Little Prince.
Luke was born and bred in Sheffield, England and began his journey into dance at the age of 13, attending the Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s CAT Scheme when he was 17. He then went on to train at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating in the summer of 2022. During his time at Northern he has worked with Phil Sanger, Akeim Toussaint Buck and Mad Dog’s Dance Theatre. Luke also took part in Protein’s acclaimed dance film “The Sun Inside” in 2020.
Luke has prior training in acting, musical theatre and instrument playing, most notably the Trombone. He has a large interest in the use of text and language as a choreographic tool and is excited to push this skill set further in his career.
Luke is thrilled to be joining Luca Silvestrini’s Protein this year.
Emily is a London based dance artist. Emily trained at London Contemporary Dance School and since graduating has worked with choreographers and companies such as Gary Clarke, Glyndebourne Opera, James Wilton, Aletta Collins for Royal Shakespeare Company, Renaud Wiser, Eleesha Drennan, Rosie Kay, Holly Blakey for Burberry, Tamsyn Russell, Corey Baker, Cathy Waller, Jamaal Burkmar, Pell Ensemble and Tribe Company. As well as performing for choreographer Jorge Crecis,
Emily has acted as rehearsal director and assistant choreographer for Jorge on various projects for Beijing 9 Contemporary Dance Theatre, Intoto Company and for London Contemporary Dance School. Emily works as a movement specialist with choreographer Charlie Mayhew for film and commercial projects such as the films The Mummy, Teen Spirit and various commercial and music video research projects. Emily has also appeared in music videos for Fat Freddy’s Drop and Hollie Cooke and various TV advertisements.
Emily is danced with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein in The Little Prince.
French-Italian Soprano Chiara Vinci’s multidisciplinary background in the arts has steered her career towards theatre, dance and operas that focus on devising and creating new roles. A graduate of the Ballet Rambert, Chiara also trained at The Arts Educational and the Actors Temple before training in classical singing with Jenny Miller, she continues to study with Arwel Treharne-Morgan.
Career highlights include Calisto/La Calisto (Longborough Festival Opera), Giulietta/I Capuleti e I Montecchi (Grimeborn Opera Festival), Rita/Rita (Opera South), Shepherd/Tannhäuser (LFO), Envy/Beauty and the Seven Beasts (The Opera Story), Bubikopf/Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Loud Crowd) and Gretel/Hänsel und Gretel (PopUp Opera), Lena/Svadba (Waterperry Opera Festival). Chiara has performed with English National Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, Scottish Opera, Independent Opera, Grange park Opera and at Tête-à-Tête.
2023 engagements include Chiara’s debut as Violetta in a new audio described adaption of Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ with Operar D’draig, and creating the role of Rose in The Wild Horn Fair, a virtual production with MSL Projects. This year she will also be making her debut at The Valetta Baroque Festival with the Weaver Ensemble as Hester Santlow in The Remarkably Talented Mr.Weaver.
“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Little Prince or Le Petit Prince was first published in April 1943 and is the most famous work of French writer and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The well-loved story is one of the most-translated books in the world and has been voted the best book of the 20th century in France.
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