PROTEIN, led by artistic director Luca Silvestrini, takes to the streets of Bath this summer with its highly entertaining outdoor dance experience, (In)visible Dancing. Programmed in collaboration with ICIA University of Bath and Bath Dance, a grand finale will be performed from 3pm on 14 June on Southgate Street.


Keep a look out for some curious characters in the two weeks before the finale, as the performance changes from invisible to visible before your very eyes. (In)visible Dancing culminates in a thrilling Finale that brings together nearly 100 performers, including local dance groups.

Luca Silvestrini:  “I love working on this gratifying example of street theatre, where people of all ages and walks of life can discover, meet and experience dance in the heart of their city centre.  (In)visible Dancing develops my on-going interest in finding new ways of engaging and connecting with audiences, especially those who are less exposed or familiar to dance. They can even take part in our Finale by learning an ending, celebratory routine.”

(In)visible Dancing premiered on the streets of Birmingham at IDFB 2010 to great acclaim; in 2012 it visited four UK cities and Dublin, reaching nearly 20,000 people. This summer the intrepid company will work with local performers to create unique events at shopping centres in Bath, Canterbury and Cardiff, as well as taking the show to Italy for the first time as part of Festival Oriente Occidente.


Comments from 2012 include:


It was fun, energetic, explosive, just kind of cheers up your day


“It was just brilliant and it just brightened Coventry up and it was so impromptu”  


“they were just randomly dancing … and you don’t know which … people are going to join in, and you (are) just looking around wondering what is going to happen next”


 “it was really spontaneous and fun…. A nice little surprise after work”.

Audience members in Kingston, Coventry, Southend and Dublin


“Audiences don’t have to seek it out.  It happens where they are. And I think that is the major, major benefit of the project.  It really does have a big impact and that’s what I’ve been really pleased about… 


Katherine Woodvine, Kingston upon Thames Arts officer




Luca Silvestrini’s Protein

Dancing in the streets to sweep away your cares.

“It was fun, energetic, explosive, just kind of cheers up your day”


(In)visible Dancing Finale

Sat 14 Jun, 3pm

Southgate Street, Bath

Free Admission, All welcome

Box Office: 01225 386777

Discover the vivid colours of our celebration of dance in Bath. Award-winning dance company, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein is joined by a host of musicians and local dancers who will sweep you away from your daily cares with an entertaining and unusual street show.





BATH               Southgate Street

June 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 & Finale 14 June at 3pm

CARDIFF          Queen Street

June 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27 & Finale 29 June at 3pm

CANTERBURY   High Street/Parade – Part of Big Dance 2014

July 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 & Finale 13 July at 3pm



PROTEIN, led by artistic director, Luca Silvestrini, is a highly acclaimed, award-winning contemporary dance theatre company admired for its socially relevant and highly entertaining dance theatre work inspired by real life experience. Resident at Greenwich Dance, it won Best Independent Company in the 2011 National Critics’ Circle Dance Awards and spent much of 2012 touring its hugely successful production, LOL (lots of love) in the UK, Europe, Colombia, Thailand and India. Its recent show, Border Tales, was a massive hit in London in March 2014, following its opening in Bath in November 2013, also supported by ICIA University of Bath and Bath Dance.

The company has produced large-scale events in Leeds, Greenwich, Valenciennes, Athens and Barcelona and mega-scale dance events such as the world record-breaking ’Big Dance Class’, and ’Eat London’ (Visit London Gold Award) and Big Dance 2010 in Trafalgar Square. Protein has consistently led the UK dance scene in providing a joint platform for professional and non-professional performers with Publife, Dear Body, Crossroads and (In)visible Dancing.


About ICIA


We bring new, exciting and thought-provoking dance, music, theatre and visual arts of regional and national importance, right to your doorstep in Bath.

ICIA is a contemporary arts organisation, part of the University of Bath. At ICIA audiences from across the region can come together with artists, scholars and students to encounter, debate, challenge and explore contemporary ideas

As well as commissioning, we also select and present new and exciting touring work and we also offer a range of classes and workshops with highly skilled tutors, all open to the general public alongside our student community.

The university’s new Centre for the Arts will be our new home in 2015, but until then, find us in venues across the city and on campus. We look forward to welcoming you.

Further information about Protein Dance can be found at: