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 is Crowdfunding!
This is your opportunity to be a part of the creation of May Contain Food! If you’re a dab hand in the kitchen, you can get Orlando Gough’s own personal recipe for Sticky Ginger Pudding (as featured in the show), or a stylish May Contain Food apron. Fancy an experience? We're offering masterclasses in yoga and singing with our incredible cast, the chance to visit rehearsals, and even a three course meal cooked by Orlando and served by Luca, for you and a friend.
Why we need your help
Most of the funding is already in place to create and tour May Contain Food. However, we’d really like to be able to make this as immersive an experience as possible by developing a portable, detailed and beautiful restaurant environment that we can transport around the country. We'd like as many people to be involved as possible, so please share the campaign on social media! Visit indiegogo.com for full details.
Protein's Refugee Project
On Thursday 23 July, this project culminated in two sharings of the work that was created with and performed by the participants. It was an inspiring and moving experience, with several audience members in tears at the end of each performance. An article has recently been published about the project on OpenDemocracy.
Thank you so much to the participants for giving your all, committing and growing with us over the period and to Thomas Goodwin, Rachele Rapisardi and Anthar Kharana for facilitating this project alongside Luca. Thanks also to The Place for your support; to Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants; and to Arnie Cottrell for lending us all the sound equipment.
May Contain Food
Rehearsals for our new show May Contain Food have begun! The work will explore food and our relationship to eating, with an a cappella score composed by Orlando Gough and performed live by the cast. Four weeks of R&D culminated in a sharing for an invited audience at the Royal Opera House in May, and this trailer shows the show so far... Keep an eye here, on Twitter and Facebook to keep abreast of the ongoing development and previews. Our first shows are at DanceEast in Ipswich on 19-21 November.
Luca in Japan
Luca and Protein dance artist Valentina Golfieri created a new large-scale work with dozens of local people of all ages in the idyllic onsen town of Kinosaki, Japan, this summer. Protein was invited by the Japan Contemporary Dance Network and we also worked with the Japanese physical theatre company Monochrome Circus, and local dance artists. It culminated in performances at Kinosaki International Arts Center at the end of June.
Supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the British Council.
Luca's Guardian blog
Following another successful Real Life, Real Dance project in April, this time with Newhaven School and Greenwich Dance, Luca was invited by Judith Mackrell to write a guest blog for The Guardian, which you can read here: