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People, places and unusual spaces!

Thursday 28 July, full day

Tutor: Luca Silvestrini, Protein 

A People Dancing take-over of the PACE building and its surroundings!
Insight into world-class participatory dance practice and inspiration for your own!

People Dancing in the Summer concludes in celebratory style with a day dedicated to outdoor and site responsive work. It begins all together with some viewings and discussion of Protein’s many projects in unusual spaces, unpacking the artistry, organisation, negotiation and teamwork it takes to make them a reality.

The remainder of the time will be spent moving, responding to tasks set by Luca encouraging connection between people and place, whether for intimate or large-scale participatory performance. Whatever the weather (pack your waterproofs!) this course will offer tools for creative discovery and bold ambition without laying aside the community dance values of remaining aware of danger and risk, remaining considerate to partners, participants and audiences.

Above image credit: Luca Silvestrini's Protein, EnRout, Woolwich. Photo: ®Foteini Christofilopoulou.

About Luca Silvestrini

Luca is Artistic Director of award-winning Protein, one of the most distinctive voices in British dance theatre.

Born in Jesi, Italy, Luca graduated in Dance History at the University of Bologna in 1995. He then moved to London to study dance and choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Here he met choreographer Lea Anderson and become a member of The Featherstonehaughs. As a performer, Luca has also worked with Maxine Doyle, Aletta Collins, Catherine Seymour, Sarah Rubidge, Ioanna Portolou, Ruth Segalis and with Bock&Vincenzi.

His choreography dates from 1997, when he co-founded Protein Dance (now Luca Silvestrini’s Protein). He is known for his unique style of dance theatre combining choreography, spoken word and social commentary to present the everyday in revealing and subversive ways, on and off stage. Protein’s catalogue of acclaimed work, including Publife, LOL (lots of love), (In)visible Dancing, Border Tales and The Little Prince, has toured around Europe and the world. Luca’s personality is stamped on participation and engagement projects which have made Protein a leader in the field of community dance. He has choreographed large scale participatory events for Big Dance and for Lift. Crossroads, featuring a large intergenerational cast, has been remounted and adapted for community participants around the world, including France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Japan.

Through Protein’s Real Life Real Dance programme, Luca has created ground-breaking participatory performance opportunities for disadvantaged and disengaged people, including young people in alternative provision schools, refugees and asylum seekers, children in hospital and elders in care homes.

Luca is an Affiliate Artist at The Place and Protein is a Resident Artistic Company at Woolwich Works, London.

Image credits: Above: Luca Silvestrini. Photo: ©Jane Hobson. Top: Luca Silvestrini's Protein, EnRout, Woolwich. Photo: ®Foteini Christofilopoulou.