Telling the Tales

A light-hearted look at a serious subject at Warwick Arts Centre.

Awarding-winning dance company Protein peel back the stereotypes about the different cultures in Britain in their hit show Border Tales at Warwick Arts Centre on Tuesday 24th April, following a much-acclaimed run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017. Sharing dialogue compiled from the performers’ own experiences, the show fuses speech and dance in a funny and all-too-familiar look at stereotypes and clichés.

With wit, movement and live music, Luca Silvestrini’s Border Tales looks at the UK through the eyes of its British and international cast.

Border Tales was developed from research conducted with migrants and refugees across Europe, Palestine, India and the UK, including participants from Islington Refugee Centre. The show has had sold-out runs in London and on tour, and was broadcast on BBC World Service as part of their Identity season in 2016. After a sell-out run at Summerhall for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of The Place’s dance showcase, Border Tales toured to venues across the South and Midlands of England in November. The summer tour 2018 will include dates in Italy, Switzerland and Romania.

Luca Silvestrini, Artistic Director of Protein says: “The desire to bring back this piece of work created in 2013 comes primarily from the moment we are living in. Back then, we were only at the start of a world crisis; four years down the line a lot has happened, resulting in a more divisive and intolerant co-existence.

“I feel it is important to bring back these simple yet relevant tales of migration and identity, to both remember the past and to reflect about today. This year’s restaging of Border Tales is not only a desire to make sure that more people can see it, but it is primarily a necessity to provoke and increase our capacity to talk and share stories of migration.”

Luca’s desire to connect theatrical experience with real life stories results in witty shows, both on- and off-stage, that reflect the absurdity in everyday situations and experiences. He has won a Jerwood Choreography Award, a Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and The Place Prize 2006 Audience Award, and was one of the first recipients of a Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers (2006). Protein was awarded the Critic’s Circle National Dance Award for Best Independent Dance Company 2011, and was nominated again in 2016.

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