One of the most distinctive voices in British dance theatre, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein has used a blend of original choreography, text, humour and music to entertain and provoke audiences since 1997. Protein’s shows connect theatrical experiences with the everyday and real-life stories that engage audiences and participants in both on-and-off stage productions.
Protein’s latest show is The Little Prince, a dance theatre production for children and grown-ups based on the world-famous and much-loved French novella.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s enchanting and enlightened account of The Little Prince is a natural match for Silvestrini’s quirky and humour-filled observations on the human condition. The young boy’s life-story journeys through the exasperating world of grown-ups, describing meeting a king who reigns over nothing and encounters with a businessman obsessively counting stars and a vain man craving admiration from all who pass by. With Protein’s trade-mark mix of dance, text, music and fun, audiences are encouraged to re-imagine the world through their hearts, embracing a sense of grounded universality, and reconnecting with the child that’s in all of us.
“St-Exupéry’s enigmatic tale of a stranded pilot (Karl Fagerlund Brekke) and a small boy (Faith Prendergast) who leaves his tiny asteroid to travel to Earth is delivered with quirky charm. Yann Seabra’s designs affectionately reproduce the author’s illustrations, and Prendergast is touchingly excellent in the title role, dancing from planet to planet with fleet-footed ease, and delivering her often surreal lines with bell-like clarity. Andrew Gardiner and Donna Lennard perform a further eight roles between them. A packed house of Ipswich schoolchildren was enthralled from start to finish ****” Observer
Upcoming tour dates:
21 & 22 December AMATA Falmouth
16 February Gulbenkian Theatre Canterbury
19 & 20 February Edge Hill Arts Centre Ormskirk
23 & 24 February Jersey Opera House
26 February Dance City Newcastle upon Tyne (5 minute extract at launch event)
11 April Junction Cambridge
26 & 27 April Stantonbury Theatre Milton Keynes
24 May Taliesin Arts Centre Swansea
26 May Aberystwyth Arts Centre
1 June Warwick Arts Centre Coventry