Protein uses original choreography, text, music and humour, connecting theatrical experiences with real life stories, resulting in witty, entertaining and provocative shows on- and off-stage.
Protein has quite the year coming up. Much of it will be taken up with creating our new show with composer Orlando Gough, focusing on the significance of food in our lives. We’ve just done two weeks of research and development and a sharing for industry bods, which you can read more about in News. Here’s a shot from the sharing:
Work with Protein
Protein is seeking a part-time producer to join our team. This is a new post to join the team of Artistic Director Luca Silvestrini, Executive Director Jo Towler and Company Administrator Joel Cottrell. The primary purpose of the post is to mould and develop the creative potential of Protein as it seeks to grow and increase its national and international profile by looking at a holistic way of integrating its many strands of work, from theatre-based productions and outdoor projects to its participation programme. This role is an opportunity to play a significant part in a team that aims to maximise Protein's creative strengths, continuing its core ambition of shaping new ways of making and presenting dance theatre. It is intended that the post will grow along with the company into a more full-time position.
Real Life, Real Dance 2015
Following the success of our residential dance projects around the country, we’re starting our 7th project with young people from a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), this time in our home borough of Greenwich. Protein’s dancers and the young people will be at Greenwich Dance for three weeks in April, culminating in a performance, based on the theme of online communication and LOL (lots of love). Here’s a short documentary about one of the previous PRU projects:
We’ll also be expanding the Real Life, Real Dance strand of our work to create a piece with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Building on our relationship with Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants, this project will explore their experiences of migration and culminate in a performance at The Place, London.
Photo competition winner
After an incredible selection of entries and an extremely difficult decision to make, we've chosen a winner of our Windows in Progress photo competition: Saulius Drungelas. Click the picture to see it in all its full-size glory.
Saulius sent us a beautiful collection of photos and we chose the one above as the overall winner. He'll now be coming along to the sharing of our next indoor work, which will focus on food! Have a look at his street photography blog.
Thank you to everyone who entered and all those who came to see the show. You can see the gallery of entries here.
In 2014, Protein:
Gave 87 public performances
Delivered 66 workshops to people aged 7-85
Premiered Border Tales in Ipswich and then had an unprecedented three week run at The Place in London and a sold-out week in Birmingham
Toured (In)visible Dancing to three UK cities and one in Italy reaching an audience of over 20,000 people
Was commissioned by the Royal Opera House to create Windows in Progress, which transformed the shop windows of Covent Garden and was seen by over 6000 people
Brought Luca to Japan for two weeks of workshops, research and meetings in advance of a large-scale inter-generational project in 2015
Began work with Orlando Gough on next year’s new show, which is all about our relationships with food
Worked with over 140 people from five schools in the Black Country