Fri 29 March
Luca Silvestrini’s Protein - Border Tales
Following a phenomenal run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to sold-out audiences, award winning company Protein presents a thought-provoking yet poignant commentary on multicultural Britain through dance, live music and dialogue compiled from the performers’ personal experiences. Border Tales looks at post-Brexit Britain seen through the eyes of an international cast and gazes satirically on stereotypical thinking about migrant outsiders and bigoted homelanders.
‘Funny, thought-provoking and consistently entertaining, Border Tales celebrates our differences, acknowledges our sameness and does more to repair the rifts than politics ever could.’ THE SCOTSMAN ★★★★★
Border Tales is a co-promotion by Dance Manchester & The Lowry, as a special one-off event counting down to BREXIT, the UK’s exit of the EU planned for 11pm on 29 March 2019.
Border Tales was commissioned by Bath Dance, ICIA Bath, DanceEast, DanceXchange, Dance Manchester and The Place.
Supported by National Lottery funding through Arts Council England
Duration: 75 minutes, no interval
Directly following Border Tales guest speakers & audiences are invited to explore what role can arts and culture continue to play in promoting integration and living harmoniously together? Join us for the Big Debate.
“Luca Silvestrini, director of Protein, is one of the UK’s most consistently provocative choreographers, with works such as Dear Body and LOL pointing a satirical finger at society’s most absurd contradictions” Luke Jennings, The Observer
One of the most distinctive voices in British dance theatre, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein has been using a blend of original choreography, text, humour and music to entertain and provoke audiences since 1997.
We believe in bringing the audience closer, inviting them to connect with what’s happening on stage, whether through subject matter, location or the way performers directly address the audience.
Our socially relevant material connects theatrical experiences with the everyday and real life stories that engage audiences and participants in both on- and off-stage productions around the world. Luca Silvestrini’s inclusive creative process and co-devising approach to making exceptional dance theatre for people of all ages and abilities sets the company apart.
Since 1997, the success and impact of Protein has grown in the UK and internationally, reaching thousands of people on the streets of the UK through its outdoor productions (In)visible Dancing at Hull 2017 (originally produced by International Dance Festival Birmingham 2010) and Windows in Progress (commissioned by the Royal Opera House as part of Deloitte Ignite 2014). LOL (lots of love), inspired by online relationships, toured the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Colombia, Thailand and India and led to four industry award nominations, with Protein being named ‘Best Independent Company’ at the National Dance Awards 2011 and nominated in 2016 for May Contain Food which toured nationally and to Italy.