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.” Headteacher
At the age of 16 Nathan started dancing with a local Hip Hop crew in Eersterivier, Cape Town, South Africa. In 2011, following 3 years of training in that genre, Nathan received a dance scholarship for a senior bridging programme during which he received 2 years’ formal classical dance training under the direction of Phillip Boyd and Christopher Kindo.
In 2013 Nathan was awarded a scholarship to study performing arts at the Cape Academy of Performing Arts under the direction of Debbie Turner. There he was trained in multiple performing arts disciplines and took advantage of the great opportunity to learn and perform the repertoire of the Cape Dance Company (CDC). Nathan completed three years of studies and graduated with a Senior Diploma with Distinction in 2015.
Nathan has worked in many productions both nationally and internationally. He has worked with great choreographers and working for such incredible choreographers has taken him to many stages and festivals around the world. He recently worked with Protein Dance Company on the PRU project in Stockton, England, as well as working with the company as a cameo performer in their 2019 season of Invisible Dance.
Nathan is the co-director of the company CAN Creative and has toured with his company to many countries and cities including Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, New York, Las Vegas, Belgium, London, Senegal, and San Fransisco.
Nathan co-delivers Protein’s Real Life Real Dance programme, engaging students from pupil referral units in dance and Protein 21 Reimagine, creating works across the UK in response to Protein’s repertoire.
Nathan has worked with companies including: Ballet Nimba, Wales, Magic Beans Theatre Company, Botswana Ace Dance and Music, UK MUDA Africa, Tanzania Sarah Cookney Academy of Dance, South Africa Cape Dance Company (CDC), South Africa HereManje Productions, South Africa/USA Mzansi Cymru, Wales/South Africa, Tshwane DanceTheatre, South Africa, MNET Glo-Caf Awards, Nigeria, Waterfront Film Studios, South Africa, Darkroom Contemporary, South Africa Grahamstown National Arts Festival, South Africa Edinburgh Arts Festival, Scotland Dance For All, Young Inspirations, South Africa Alonzo King Lines Summer School, USA, Next @ Martha Graham, NYC, Dansen in ‘t Park, Belgium.
Miranda Mac Letten has a 1st class Hons degree from London Contemporary Dance School. After graduating she became an apprentice for Punchdrunk, performing in their collaboration with The English National Opera, “The Dutchess of Malfi”. She has continued to work for Punchdrunk on productions such as “The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable” and “Sleep No More”, Shanghai. Interactive and immersive theatre have heavily featured in Miranda’s career.
She has worked with Lucy Ridley Associate Creative director for Secret cinema on productions such as ‘Blade Runner, final cut’and ‘Back To The Future’, but also for a collective Lucy established called The People Pile on multiple occasions, similarly she works for Gideon Reeling a company that produces one off immersive events performing and costuming projects.
Along side performing Miranda has founded her own company Kerfuffle Dance. she has specialised in creating, casting, and costuming performance opportunities for dancers in immersive events work. Mostly based in London, the performances are funded by commercial opportunities and collaborations.
Miranda is also a keen actress, she has worked for theatre company Shared Experience “Mermaid” and Bold Tendencies “Titus Andronicus” in association with Parkour UK.
Other companies she has worked with include David Lloyds Mischief company, John Ross Dance, Shaper/Caper, Etta Ermini Dance Theatre, James Cousins Company, Runhoratio, C-12 Dance Theatre, and Bicycle Ballet.
Miranda performs in Protein’s (In)visible Dancing and co-delivers Protein’s Real Life Real Dance project, working with young people excluded from mainstream education.
Rachele Rapisardi graduated from CODARTS (NL) and then relocated to London where she joined EDge11. Since leaving EDge Rachele has worked with companies and independent choreographers such as Lost Dog (Ben Duke), Luca Silvestrini’s Protein, ilDance, Clod Ensemble, Gwyn Emberton Dance, Emma Martin Dance, Theo Clinkard, Quang Kien Van, Emanuel Gat, Jorge Crecis, Jose Agudo, James Finnemore, Christopher Evans and Neus Gil Cortes, spanning across the UK, Sweden, Israel and Ireland. Since obtaining her MA in Performing Arts in 2015, Rapisardi has been also developing her freelance career as a teacher, rehearsal director and associate director in particular with Protein Dance.
Work with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein (2014 onwards): As a performer Rachele has been part of Invisible Dancing (2014-2018). As a teacher and co-leader she has been working with professionals and students (from GCSE to MA) as part of Protein’s educational programme for Border Tales in 2017-2018. As an Associate Director in 2018 for the rural touring of ʻMay Contain food, May Contain Youʼ in theatres, community halls and care homes.
She has also been very involved co-leading and delivering community-based projects as part of Protein’s RLRD programme ‘There and Here’ 2015 – performance with refugees and asylum seekers from the Islington Centre in London. ‘XOXO’ (2016) and ‘These is Us’ (2017, 2019) – performances with Pupils in Referral Units (PRU) in South East London and Stockton-on-Tees
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