Connecting people and everyday life through dance
Stockton PRU Project
In March 2017 we will be heading to Stockton-On-Tees to work with young people from Bishopton Pupil Referral Unit. Over the course of a three week intensive process the young people, aged between 12 and 14, will create original movement and text material based on themes of identity and multiculturalism inspired by Protein's Border Tales.
During their three-week residency at ARC Stockton Arts Centre, they will be encouraged to learn new skills, gain confidence, build trust and friendship and re-channel emotional and physical energy into a performance for family and friends.
The project is being delivered in partnership with ARC Stockton and Bishopton PRU and supported by Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, Greenwich Dance and Arts Council England.
The 2016 tour of May Contain Food visited 20 venues and performed 52 shows, receiving rave reviews and wonderful feedback from audiences:
"...lip-smacking fusion of song, dance, mime and sweet aperitif tomatoes"
- Judith Mackrell
"A yummy night!"
- Neil Norman
"May Contain Food is a delightful selection of amuse-bouches."
- Graham Watts
Feedback from audiences:
"Entertaining, funny, accessible, visually stunning. Equally gruelling, disturbing and very honest"
"Loved it! I felt so conscious of everything! Food will never be looked, smelled, touched or eaten in the same sense again!"
"An amazing experience. Very impressed by the vocal quality of the company - and all a cappella!!"
"Really excellent exploration of our rather modern obsession with food - brilliant dancing and singing. Enjoyed every minute"
Care Home Tour
Protein recently worked in partnership with DanceEast to tour an adaption of May Contain Food to Care Homes across rural Suffolk. Re-imagined as May Contain You, the tour acted as a pilot project testing and exploring whether the adaptation has the ability to reach new audiences that would otherwise have limited opportunities to engage with the arts.
The performance was re-devised as a two person show which responded to each new setting whilst maintaining its characteristic playfulness, and pre and post show participatory activities were delivered alongside it.