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Press Release Protein Dance's “The Banquet”
The feast continues 15 January to 12 February 2004
“The Banquet”, Protein Dance's unique take on the Origins of Life, continues its national tour from 15 January 2004. Choreographed and directed by Bettina Strickler and Luca Silvestrini, The Banquet rips the lid off our seeming social sophistication to expose the beast beneath the surface.
Ball-gowned and tuxedo-clad guests morph from personifications of polite society to feasting beasts and back again, overseen by art/punk ledgend Richard Strange, The Banquet's inimitable David Attenborough/Groucho Marx hybrid. Not for the fainthearted, “The Banquet” is no picnic!
Protein Dance has built a reputation for creating unique dance works that draw upon the absurdity in everyday life and blend humour, text and music with idiosyncratic movement. The Company's previous works include “Publife”, a site-specific bar/pub based dance theatre project and “On the Couch” a journey into the world of psychoanalysis, repressed desires and relaxation tapes. Winners of a Jerwood
Choreography Award, Luca Silvestrini and Bettina Strickler are choreographers-in-residence at The Place, London.
“The Banquet” has original music by David Coulter, set designs by Dick Bird, costume designs by Silvia Raggi Cosi and lighting by Michael Mannion. It is performed by a cast of five - Strange, Benjamin Dunks, Tasha Gilmore, Luca Silvestrini, Richard Strange and Esther Weisskopf.
Cabaret Futura Club visionary Richard Strange is a writer, musician actor, whose film
credits including Neil Jordan's “Mona Lisa”, Tim Burton's “Batman” and Martin Scorsese's
“Gangs of New York” to his name. Listings Information - early 2004
15 January at 7.30pm
Bonnie Bird Theatre, Laban, London www.laban.org
24 January at 8pm
Dundee Rep Theatre www.dundeereptheatre.co.uk
29 January at 12pm
Mumford Theatre, Cambridge as part of British Dance Edition www.bde2004.co.
31 January at 8pm
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh www.traverse.co.uk
5 February at 7.30pm
Arc Theatre, Trowbridge www.arctheatre.org.uk
7 February at 7.30pm
Riley Theatre, Leeds www.nscd.ac.uk
10 February at 7.30pm
Newcastle Playhouse www.northernstage.com
Phoenix Arts, Leicester as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival www.phoenix.org.uk
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