Protein brings together people of all ages in large scale productions that challenge participants' preconceptions of one another and audience's ideas about what dance can be.
We live in a society that tends to separate people according to their age, creating suitable contexts and products for each specific group. Protein's intergenerational projects provide an opportunity to share experiences and cultures across generations with the ultimate goal of understanding a bit more who we are and what we know about the others. Each group taking part in the project works both on its own as well as with the other(s), making sure that the integration between groups happen during the creation of the work and not only in performance.
Productions Alfresco, Leeds (2005) Stavrodromi, Athens (2007) Valfresco, Valenciennes (2007) Crossroads, London (2011) Cruïlles, Barcelona (2011) Dimore, Turin (2012) Crossroads, Kinosaki, Japan (2015) Generate, Wadebridge, Cornwall (2016)
In action: Kinosaki
In 2015 Luca was commissioned to create a large-scale intergenerational performance for participants in Kinosaki, Japan. Its aim was to engage the local community with the Kinosaki International Arts Center, recently built in the town. Over three weeks, Luca and his assistant, Valentina Golfieri, gathered nearly 100 participants aged 2 to 82 from all walks of life to create a beautiful, tender portrait of the community, its history and residents. It was made in collaboration with professional performers from Monochrome Circus.
The impact on the community was striking, with the centre being used for regular community workshops for the first time and the local residents professing a new-found sense of engagement with their arts centre.