Drawing comparisons between Darwin's theory of the survival of the fittest and the British social order, Protein stirs the cauldron of Evolutionary Theory while exposing a whole range of time-honoured social rituals that fall somewhere between the cradle and the grave. Ball-gowned and tuxedo-clad guests morph from personifications of polite sophistication to feasting beasts and back again, overseen by their ever-so English butler.
Commissioned by The Place, together with Dance East in partnership with Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, Danceworks, Merseyside Dance Initiative and South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell and is supported by Dance4 and University of Bath.
“This is daring, potent dance theatre, a carnival of the bizarre that travels from innocence to nightmare, the playful to the horrific in effortless turns. A widely successful union of choreography and direction.”
"The Banquet is entertaining, funny and intelligent...The movement and dialogue, allied to a well-considered scenario, produce dance theatre at its best."
"The Banquet is witty and surreal dance-theatre, constructed rather like a Pina Bausch work in miniature."
The Sunday Times
"...a hysterical and barmy exploration of friends, lovers, species, social conventions and the natural end of all things."
".....fast paced and larky..."
The Evening Standard
Conceived and directed by
Luca Silvestrini and Bettina Strickler
Devised and performed by
Jean Abreu/Benjamin Dunks
Soundtrack compiled and curated by
Rogers & Hammerstein
Sylvia Raggi Cose
6 May 2003