After featuring in the British Council's Edinburgh Showcase 2011, Protein Dance toured their award-winning production LOL (lots of love) to the Middle East, Russia, India, Thailand, Palestine, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia in 2012
LOL (lots of love) looks at the subject of human connection in the online world. Talking and dancing at speed, six dancers nail the language of life online, exposing how the internet is transforming human relationships. Choreographed by Luca Silvestrini, with video animation by Rachel Davies and original music by Andy Pink, LOL's commentary on how we are re-wiring romance is underpinned by provocative humour and tremendous physical and verbal wit.
In Moscow, LOL (lots of love) was presented as part of the Golden Mask Russian Festival of Performing Arts.
The tour of the Middle East included performances of LOL (lots of love), post-show discussions and talks inspired by the content and artistic process of the work, as well as workshops in collaboration with theatre professionals and artists from the Middle East and North Africa region.
Alma Salem, British Council Regional Arts Programme Manager for Middle East and North Africa said: "Protein’s tour to the region was supported by the Arab artists and theatre professionals who attended the British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase in August 2011. Besides its thrilling contemporary dimension incorporating new technologies and dance techniques on stage, this choice of performance responds to the region’s strong interest on issues around blogging and its impact on relationships and social change."
Protein Dance was recently announced as the Winner of Best Independent Company in the National Dance Awards 2011 and the company has also been nominated for three further awards including Outstanding Achievement in Dance in the UK Theatre Awards 2011.
Beirut, Lebanon13th Feb 2012 - 14th Feb 2012
Tunis, Tunisia18th Feb 2012 - 19th Feb 2012
Marrakesh, Morocco7th Mar 2012 - 7th Mar 2012
Dar Takafa Theatre
Ramallah, Palestine11th Mar 2012 - 11th Mar 2012
Al-Kasaba Theatre and Cinematheque
Moscow, Russia2nd Mar 2012 - 3rd Mar 2012
Meyerhold Theatre Centre
23 Novoslobodskaya Str.
Bangkok, Thailand29th Nov 2012 - 1st Dec 2012
Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts
Mumbai, India7th Dec 2012 - 7th Dec 2012
Chennai, India12th Dec 2012 - 12th Dec 2012