This is Us

Year of Production


A new 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 participation programme, This is Us was created with young people at an alternative provision school over a three-week intensive creation period. The film is influenced by Border Tales and investigates identity and how digital communication and the current rules about social distancing have affected our sense of self and the space and 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.

The work received an Honourable Mention at the Athens International Monthly Art 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

Production Credits

Directed by
Created and performed by
In collaboration with
Music composed by
Costumes by
Created as part of
Supported by

You May Also Like…


En Route


The Sun Inside


Border Tales