Watch: This is Us

Year of Production


A dance film created and performed by students from New Directions PRU alongside Protein’s professional dance artists.

Part of Luca Silvestrini’s Protein’s Real Life, Real Dance inclusion programme, This is Us was made with young people from an alternative provision school over a three-week intensive creation period. The film is influenced by Protein’s Border Tales and explores identity and stereotypical thinking. Created during the pandemic, this film project reflected on how social distancing and digital communication have affected our sense of self, of space and of people around us.

This is Us was created as part of JOIN THE DOCKS and supported by the Royal Docks Team. It was filmed at The Silver Building, The Crystal Gardens, Royal Victoria Dock Bridge and other locations in the Royal Docks, London Borough of Newham in May 2021.

In 2021 the work received an Honourable Mention at the Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival. In 2023 it received an Honourable Mention at the Greenwich Film Festival and was an Official Selection at the Exeter Dance International Film Festival.

“The biggest thing I’ve learnt is to not listen to other people’s opinions and just be yourself.”
Year 10 Student

“I cannot express how amazing this opportunity has been for our students. It has been an experience that I know they will not forget and will always talk about.”



Nathan Bartman

Miranda Mac Letten

Rachele Rapisardi

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