In the films, they recall how Protein has impacted their lives. Protein has been shaped as a company by each of these people.
David Massingham, former CEO and Artistic Director of DanceXchange, and founder of its resident dance company Bare Bones, reflects on his long and lustrous history with Protein.
From programming Protein’s Publife in 2002 through to commissioning and producing the very first (In)visible Dancing in Birmingham for IDFB 2010, there have been lots of great collaborations and memories along the way!
“Bare Bones and Protein have shared many dancers over the years and I’m really proud of that association. I hope that we’ve helped to make a really great dance force for the UK today.”
Thank you David for this unique and outstanding partnership we are so proud of.
Dance artist Pauline Huguet reflects on her history with Protein from the beautiful Lake Geneva. From performing for two years in Big Sale, assisting Luca in the participatory production of Valfresco in Valencienne, France to leading the community casts of Dear Body.
Pauline was also involved in Big World Dance and in Dancing Hospital, Protein’s first residency at Evelina Children’s Hospital, London.
Jacqueline Rose, Head of Culture (Acting) as part of the Culture Team at London City Hall and Director of Big Dance reflects on her two decades of history with Protein.
From supporting the company’s early years to commissioning Luca in the creation of mass participatory events like Big Dance Class, 2006 which won a Guinness World Record and Big World Dance, which brought 1000 Londoners to dance in Trafalgar Square on the hottest day of Summer 2010.
Luca Silvestrini reflects on his 21 year history as co-founder and Artistic Director of Protein with Graham Watts OBE Chairman, Dance Section of Critics’ Circle & National Dance Awards.
Patsy Ashford reflects on her history with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein which ranges from dancing on the streets of Birmingham in (In)visible Dancing to touring the world with LOL (lots 0f love).
Donna Lennard, soprano and Protein performer, reflects on her journey from opera singing to dance theatre performing in Protein’s May Contain Food and The Little Prince.
Pamela Franklin, Chair of the Caribbean Social Forum, reflects on the forum’s time performing in Protein’s (In)visible Dancing 2019 in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
The Caribbean Social Forum, based at Tramshed in Woolwich, was started by “the matured children of the Windrush generation.” The forum is open to people aged 50+ and has over 400 members of the Caribbean and neighbouring countries.
Linda and Martyn Lewcock share their memories of being part of the first local community cast in Protein’s Publife in 2002 and 2004..
They performed alongside the Protein’s cast, not only locally (they started as the official London cast), but also on national and international touring.
After Publife, both Linda and Martyn continued their interest in dance and performance and both joined Company of Elders at Sadler’s Wells. Linda is also part of Boundless, Trinity Laban’s elders company, who feature in our Protein 21 Reimagine project.
Annabel Turpin, Chief Executive and Artistic Director at ARC, Stockton Arts Centre, reflects on ARC’s partnership with Protein over the years.
ARC Stockton worked alongside Protein on our inclusion programme, Real Life Real Dance with students from Bishopton Alternative Provision School.
Brendan Keaney, Artistic Director and CEO of DanceEast, reflects on the history of his relationship with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein.
Dance artist, Sally Marie, reflects on her years of friendship with Luca Silvestrini and Protein.
One of Protein’s most charismatic performers, Sally first worked with Luca and Bettina in 2001. She later joined Protein, creating and performing memorable roles in B for Body (2006), Bear Body (2008) and LOL (lots of love) (2010).
Sally received nominations as Best Female Dancer (Modern) at the National Dance Awards for both her performances in Dear Body and LOL (lots of love).
John Griffith and Jason Wilkes performed in Protein’s Dear Body in 2008.
They initially auditioned to be part of the show at DancExchange in Birmingham, and ended up being part of the show’s local cast at Courtyard, Hereford and the Southbank Centre, London too.
Protein’s co-founder and choreographer, Bettina Strickler, recalls her history with Protein in a beautiful hand-made film.
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