Protein’s Real Life Real Dance (RLRD) programme is about using dance to make a real difference to people’s lives. Working with people and using their own ideas and movements to create high-quality performance-led work is the unique essence that Protein brings to everything it does. RLRD seeks to provide a creative outlet for people from all walks of life who are displaced and disengaged.
Previous RLRD projects have included residencies with young people excluded from mainstream education, which brought confidence and a new perspective to all those involved – students, teachers and parents – and set an example of how artistic practice can be used to bring about re-engagement and a real change in attitude. Protein has also undertaken ground-breaking residencies in children’s hospitals alongside physiotherapists, with hospital staff and dancers learning from each other, helping young people recuperate and regain movement.
This work has now expanded to include disadvantaged people of all ages and backgrounds by focusing on refugees, building on collaborations made during research for Border Tales.
The project was based at The Place where Luca is a Workplace Artist. Andy Ruiz Palma, Project Manager at the Islington Centre said “We have developed such a great mutually supportive relationship with Protein and their understanding of how to work best with those most in need is so valuable to a project like ours.The benefits are both immediate and long lasting with participants enjoying each and every session and then discovering dance as a way to express oneself which in turn improves wellbeing and contributes to our inclusive sense of community.”
Speaking about the project, Luca said: “I am passionate about the benefits that dance can offer vulnerable people and the transformative effect it can have on people’s lives and felt it important to be working once more with the service users at the Islington Centre, a valuable resource for refugees that is sadly under threat of closure.”
Work with young people excluded from mainstream schools
Over the past five years the company has developed a connection with Stockton-on-Tees, an area in the bottom 10% of the national indices of deprivation and a recognised ‘cold spot for dance’. In March 2019, together with three Protein dance artists, Protein returned to work with Bishopton Pupil Referral Unit and ARC, the local arts centre.
Read 'Dancing to a new tune' on Arts Professional by Protein's dance artist, Rachele Rapisardi to find out more.
In action: XOXO
Following the success of our residential dance projects around the country, Protein's eighth project with young people not in mainstream education took place in our home borough of Greenwich in May 2016.
Protein’s dancers and the young people worked over three weeks at Greenwich Dance, creating and performing a new piece of dance theatre, XOXO, based on the theme of online communication and LOL (lots of love).
The project was supported by Newhaven School and Greenwich Dance. Clickhere to watch a documentary about last years 2015 residency.
In action: Evelina Residency
Protein has undertaken several two- and three-week residencies in Evelina London Children's Hospital. Dance artists work alongside physiotherapists and play specialists to help children recover and regain movement following operations. They also work with children who have serious medical conditions, bringing something special into their lives. Watch the video to see a piece of dance created during a residency in 2013.