Luca Silvestrini / Protein
Proposed as a modul-dance artist by The Place London [United Kingdom]
Currently one of the most distinctive voices in British dance theatre, Protein uses a blend of original choreography, humour and music to entertain and provoke audiences. Artistic Director Luca Silvestrini's desire to connect theatrical experience with real life stories results in witty shows, both on- and off-stage, that reflect the absurdity in everyday situations and experiences.
Seating the audience on all four sides of the stage so that they are truly involved, Border Tales takes a hard and honest look at the messy melting pot of multicultural Britain.
Seven dancers and a musician from around the world are brought together to explore the ‘Welcome’ they find in Britain. Words, comedy and dance, ranging from moving solos to powerful and uplifting group sequences, are used to tell their stories. The piece takes ideas of identity and stereotype and views them from different perspectives and through the eyes of others.
The stereotypes are funny and the audience recognise them and laugh, but they’re not parodies - rather the dancers are reflecting back to the audience what 'you think I think...'
Born in Italy, Luca Silvestrini studied Performing Arts at Bologna University before moving to the UK to complete his training at Laban. His choreography dates from 1997 when he founded Protein, quickly establishing an idiosyncratic style of dance theatre which is characterized by a deep connection to contemporary life, exploring subject matter ranging from confessional television (Portrait with Group and Duck) and booze culture (Publife), to consumerism (Big Sale) and obsessions with body image (Dear Body). His most recent production, LOL (lots of love), inspired by social networking and online dating, garnered huge international acclaim and was nominated for four industry prizes including Best Independent Company at the National Dance Awards 2011 which Protein won.
Being equally at home working with professionals and non-professionals has extended international demand for Luca’s work to community settings and he has created large-scale inter-generational productions in Valenciennes, Athens, Barcelona and Turin. Outside Protein, Luca has created for Transitions, Intoto, Bare Bones, CandoCo, From Here to Maturity, Funny Bones, Company of Elders, Sankalpalm, HeadSpace Dance, English National Opera, Theatre Rites, Royal Court Theatre, Duckie and Youth Music Theatre UK. He received a Jerwood Choreography Award, a Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award, The Place Prize 2006 Audience Award and a Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers. He is a Work Place artist.
Upcoming artist events
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Past artist events
- 14-02-2013 - 14-02-2013
Luca Silvestrini / Protein. Border Tales. Production. The Place London
- 08-04-2013 - 12-04-2013
Luca Silvestrini / Protein. Border Tales. Research. Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf
- 12-05-2013 - 18-05-2013
Luca Silvestrini / Protein. Border Tales. Residency. Dansehallerne Copenhagen
- 18-05-2013 - 25-05-2013
Luca Silvestrini / Protein. Border Tales. Research. Plesna Izba Maribor
- 24-05-2013 - 30-05-2013
Luca Silvestrini / Protein. Border Tales. Research. Mercat de les Flors Barcelona
- 18-08-2013 - 06-09-2013
Luca Silvestrini / Protein. Border Tales. Residency. Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf
- 28-11-2013 - 01-12-2013
Luca Silvestrini / Protein. Border Tales. On Tour. Freedom Throught Dance Studio Bath
- 12-02-2014 - 15-02-2014
Luca Silvestrini / Protein. Border Tales. On Tour. Jerwood Dancehouse Ipswich
- 26-02-2014 - 15-03-2014
Luca Silvestrini / Protein. Border Tales. Presentation. The Place London
- 13-05-2014 - 17-05-2014
Luca Silvestrini / Protein. Border Tales. On Tour. The Patrick Centre Birmingham