Kip Johnson: LOL - photo by Nuno Santos
Protein Dance was founded in 1997 by Italian Luca Silvestrini and Swiss Bettina Strickler, who attended the Laban Centre (now Trinity Laban) together as students.
Protein has always involved non-professional performers in its work and early performances involved large, amateur, cross-generational casts. Its performances are inventive, idiosyncratic reappraisals of everyday issues, often in unusual settings.
The work that will be performed at the OrienteOccidente is very representative of their philosopy. (In)visible Dancing, is Protein's popular street performance that develops from invisible to visible. Created for a particular location, it is performed twice a day over a period of 7-10 days in the same place, usually a busy high street or indoor shopping centre.
Constant rehearsal between shows keeps it fresh and ensures it gradually emerges over several days from what looks like random incidental behaviour on the streets to a fully-fledged dance performance with live music that engages with the location and behaviour of passers-by. .
The whole Piazza Erbe and surroundings will host the performance.