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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2004 1:25 pm 
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PROTEIN DANCE presents 'Publife'

· Mon 3 & Tues 4 May @ 7.30pm
The Tap N Tin, Railway Street, Chatham, Kent

· Tues 11-15 May @ 8pm
The Place at the Music Room, O'Neills, 77 Euston Road, London NW1


Following the critical success of The Banquet, Protein Dance presents Publife, a site-specific, bar based dance theatre project performed in pubs and bars.

Choreographed and directed by Jerwood Choreography Award winners Bettina Strickler and Luca Silvestrini, Publife celebrates Britain’s unique national institution as Protein Dance go pub-crawling for its take on social anxiety and extreme behaviour. Featuring guest appearances from local ‘extras’, five people are caught up in a nightly quest for fun and a dose of self-confidence amidst the chaos of Salsa classes, pub-trivia quizzes, Eastenders and darts.

Protein Dance has steadily 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. Protein Dance’s previous works include The Banquet which rugby tackled Social Darwinism, exposing a whole range of time-honoured social rituals while ball-gowned and tuxedo clad guests morphed from personifications of polite sophistication to feasting beasts and then back again: and, inspired by the work of Sigmund Freud, On the Couch, a maverick journey into the world of psychoanalysis, repressed desires and relaxation tapes.

Bettina Strickler and Luca Silvestrini launched Protein Dance in 1997. They received the prestigious Jerwood Choreography Award and a Bonnie Bird Award in 2000 and were choreographers-in-residence at The Place from July 2001 to March 2004.

Confirmed Publife Tour Dates

3-4 May The Tap N Tin, Chatham, Kent 01634 338338

11-15 May The Place at The Music Room, O’Neills 0207 387 0031

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 7:41 am 
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You can't keep a good show down - "Publife" hits the road again:

PRESS RELEASE

PROTEIN DANCE - Publife

Edinburgh Fringe & Autumn 2004 Tour Dates


Following the critical success of The Banquet, Protein Dance presents Publife, a site-specific, bar based dance theatre project performed in pubs and bars.

Choreographed and directed by Jerwood Choreography Award winners Bettina Strickler and Luca Silvestrini, Publife celebrates Britain’s unique national institution as Protein Dance go pub-crawling for its take on social anxiety and extreme behaviour. Featuring guest appearances from local ‘extras’, five people are caught up in a nightly quest for fun and a dose of self-confidence amidst the chaos of Salsa classes, pub-trivia quizzes, Eastenders and darts.

Protein Dance has steadily 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. Protein Dance’s previous works include The Banquet which rugby tackled Social Darwinism, exposing a whole range of time-honoured social rituals while ball-gowned and tuxedo clad guests morphed from personifications of polite sophistication to feasting beasts and then back again: and, inspired by the work of Sigmund Freud, On the Couch, a maverick journey into the world of psychoanalysis, repressed desires and relaxation tapes.

Bettina Strickler and Luca Silvestrini launched Protein Dance in 1997. They received the prestigious Jerwood Choreography Award and a Bonnie Bird Award in 2000 and were choreographers-in-residence at The Place from July 2001 to March 2004.

AUTUMN 2004 TOUR SCHEDULE

7 & 8 Sept Park & Dare Theatre, 01443 773112

Treochy, South Wales

13 & 14 Sept Oakengates Theatre, Telford 01952 619020

17 & 18 Sept Southport Arts Centre 01704 540011

22 & 23 Sept Susumi, Derby 01332 370 911

27 & 28 Sept Lescar pub, Sheffield 0114 222 8777

4 & 5 Oct Birmingham Hippodrome 0121 689 3170

8 & 9 Oct Trades & Labour Club, 01858 410957

Market Harborough

20 & 21 Oct Loaf, Chester 01244 340392

2 & 3 Nov Belfast Festival at Queen’s 028 9097 2626

13 Nov Aberwystyth Arts Centre 01970 623232

In addition Publife will also tour to Sardinia, Italy (7 November) and Miami, USA (20-22 November)

Choreographed and directed by Jerwood Choreography Award winners Bettina Strickler and Luca Silvestrini, Publife celebrates Britain’s unique national institution as Protein Dance go pub-crawling for its take on social anxiety and extreme behaviour. Featuring guest appearances from local ‘extras’, five people are caught up in a nightly quest for fun and a dose of self-confidence amidst the chaos of Salsa classes, pub-trivia quizzes, Eastenders and darts.


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Foto Finish

East London Dance, children from Newham schools and Protein Dance back London’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games with Foto Finish.

Children and young people from 6 London Borough of Newham schools back London’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games with Foto Finish, a Dance Film specially commissioned by East London Dance and Newham Council and created by Protein Dance and Roswitha Chesher.

Foto Finish is part of the Olympics Links project, a partnership between Newham Council, local specialist support agencies and creative agencies. Olympics Links involves schools in Newham being assigned a country that is competing in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Foto Finish has been commissioned as part of this project.

”East London Dance, and its London 2012 project, Foto Finish, encourages children and young people from East London to celebrate their city and foster their creativity. London 2012 welcomes the opportunities that East London Dance provides to the Olympic sites around them and the inspiration it gives to children and young people”.

Jude Kelly, Chair of Culture and Education Advisory Committee, London 2012

The Foto Finish artistic team is led by Luca Silvestrini and Bettina Strickler, Artistic Directors of Protein Dance. Luca and Bettina will work with these 6 schools to create a site-specific dance film, inspired by the London 2012 Olympic bid and shot on location in the London Borough of Newham.

Jerwood Choreography Award-winning Protein Dance has steadily built a reputation for creating unique dance theatre works that draw upon the absurdity in everyday life and blend humour, text and music with idiosyncratic movement. Protein Dance will bring its unique approach to choreography into the participating schools, giving the children an opportunity to work with two of contemporary dance’s leading choreographers. Protein Dance will be joined by film artist Roswitha Chesher and a team of dancers to create an original dance film.

“We are supporting the Olympic bid and the idea that culture and creativity are integral to the Olympic and Paralympic Games experience. With this project we are helping to ensure that creative and cultural industries benefit from, and are celebrated alongside sporting excellence now, in 2012 and beyond.”

Kiki Gale MBE, Artistic Director, East London Dance

East London Dance is the dance agency for East London, building bridges and breaking down barriers to make dance happen. East London Dance is dedicated to creating opportunities for everyone in East London to enjoy themselves through dance and dance events, commissioning new work, promoting performances and festivals and running workshops and training courses.

It is hoped that Foto Finish will be seen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members whilst they tour East London on 17th February 2005


NOTES:

Foto Finish takes place over 3 weeks, between 17 January and 4 February. The first week is scheduled for overall artistic planning. The second week (24 to 28 January) focuses on dance workshops in the 6 schools and the final week (31 January to 4 February) will be spent filming on location around Newham. All 6 schools will be filming together at the Newham Leisure Centre on 2 February and at the ExCel Centre on 4 February. The film will be ready for the IOC visit on 17 February and an official launch event and screening will be taking place in March 2005.

Foto Finish will raise awareness of the London bid amongst the school children, drawing on ideas of Olympic sporting events and the notion of being a citizen in an Olympic city. It will be shot on location at the ExCel Centre, Newham Leisure Centre and the East London Gymnastics Centre.

The participating schools are: Sarah Bonnell Secondary School, E15. Carpenters Primary School, E15. Godwin Junior School, E7. Plaistow Primary School, E13. St Helen’s RC Primary School, E13. St Lukes RC Primary School E14.

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The Big Sale
By Sheila Tracey for The Stage

Protein Dance, a dance company with a difference, was launched in 1997 by Luca Silvestrini and Bettina Strickler to showcase their original choreography. Original it most certainly is. Much of it is improvised, evolving as the show develops, a process that undoubtedly continues throughout the length of the tour.

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Protein Dance: The Big Sale
by JUDITH MACKRELL for the Guardian
published: November 13, 2006

Protein's seven dancers work overtime, rapidly swapping costumes, voices and roles as they morph between success story and victim. Some of the material is very sharp - for instance, the perfectly precise Posh and Becks duet, in which the couple's quick-fire poses for the camera are accessorised on the hoof by a stream of sunglasses, babies and footballs.
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‘LOL (Lots of Love)’
Protein Dance
The Place, London; March 17, 2012

David Mead


Sitting on the train people watching after watching “LOL”, it was brought home to me just how accurate Luca Silvestrini’s piece is. There were any number of people, sat there, faces glued to their cellphone, texting away and, in one case, quite audibly fretting because someone hadn’t replied inside a few minutes.

Silvestrini has a thing about such modern day obsessions, highlighting their shallowness with incisive humour while also making us stop and think. In “Big Sale” it was the consumer society and in “Dear Body” it was body image. Here, he turns his attention to text messaging, social networking and love.

The opening video projection featuring a series of faces staring at screens sets the tone immediately. It’s as if we are looking at these people through their laptop or cellphone screen. Common to all is their concentration and glazed eyes. These are people digitally linked to the rest of the world, but who are also very alone.

“LOL” is 70 minutes of talk and dance, often witty, occasionally poignant, and all done with considerable skill by the excellent cast. More often than not, duets feature text speak. The dance and speech come at high speed and in compressed bursts, all text-message or Twitter-like. The speech even comes complete with emoticons: “dot, dot dot”, “bracket, semi-colon”, “smiley face” and many more. One dancer muses most seriously about how many ‘X’s he should put on the end messages. All the time the dance is urgent, Silvestrini making excellent use of the space. The cast throw themselves at one another with abandon. A number of duets feature one dance talking while being manipulated by another, sometimes almost rag doll-like. It all calls for split-second timing, which the cast manage to produce again and again. Kip Johnson was particularly impressive in these sections as he was pushed around by Omar Gordon. The inference seems clear, the device or message is in charge, not the messenger.

It is all very amusing, but although the piece is subtitled “Lots of Love”, as the programme reminds “LOL” has many other meanings including “lack of laughter”, “lack of love” and “lack of luck”, and could equally stand for “losers on lone”, “lack of love” or even “log off loser”. Such sentiments come increasingly to the fore later, when there is a distinct change of tone as Silvestrini moves on to consider Internet dating. The women in particular struggle to express their personality. Sally Marie is particularly convincing as she tries to trap a man, any man. When the dates finally get to meet, coming face to face is difficult and uncomfortable. It’s as though they are locked permanently into their Internet world and their dating-site profiles with no hope of escape. Everyone’s web personality, it seems, is even more real than the human being behind it.

The poignancy and sadness climax in the final scene. Looking dreadfully innocent and lost, Kip Johnson stumbles around the now darkened stage. In his arms is a sheaf of tangled wires. He tries to fashion it into the shape of a human being, before curling up on the floor with it. It really made you feel for him.

“LOL” has been touring for over a year now, but it still looks as fresh as when first aired. Everything is complimented by Andy Pink’s soundtrack that’s full of beeps, pings, and every other sound that’s associated with messaging. My only gripe is that I do wish they did not feel the need to use mikes. At somewhere like The Place I would question the need, and it did result in the weird effect of seeing the dancers speak, but hearing their voices from speakers way up in the roof and to the side. There were issues with the higher pitched women’s voices too. But, putting that aside, “LOL” is brilliantly observed. Silvestrini’s dancers just make you connect with and empathise with them as once again he, and they, prove that you can do humour in dance and be warm and generous all at the same time.

“LOL” continues on tour to Wellingborough, Knowsley, Sheffield and Belfast. See http://www.proteindance.co.uk for details.


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