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The Big Sale

Published Thursday 6 October 2005 at 13:40 by Sheila Tracy

Protein Dance, a dance company with a difference, was launched in 1997 by Luca Silvestrini and Bettina Strickler to showcase their original choreography. Original it most certainly is. Much of it is improvised, evolving as the show develops, a process that undoubtedly continues throughout the length of the tour.

With furniture, hoover, fridge and washing machine piled up as if waiting to be sold on eBay, the set is dominated by scaffolding at the back of the stage supporting a large screen on which the dancers are constantly being filmed, one of the cameras being secreted in the hoover. The Big Sale commences and we the audience are being targeted.

This is how life is today as the dancers portray the constant bombardment from the media, bringing on big silver fence panels “ideal for the Glastonbury festival or the Israeli government”, fashion, as various outfits are put on and taken off again, and sport, including an all girl wrestling match with commentary. The awards ceremony, bringing to mind the Oscars, complete with tearful acceptance speech, is brilliantly done and Tasha Gilmore does a wicked impersonation of an over-enthusiastic compere while the acrobatic dancing of Lucia Tong throughout, is a joy to watch.

There is even some audience participation and it’s all tremendous fun as the cast close the show with everything up for sale, including themselves. The choice of music, which varies from rock through swing to marching band, is good, spoilt only by over amplification.

Production information

Corn Exchange, Brighton, October 4, then touring to November 26

Luca Silvestrini
Protein Dance
Lucia Tong, Maria Campos Arroyo, Tasha Gilmore, Phil Hill, Pauline Huguet, Anders Jensen, Jason Keanan-Smith
Running time:
1hr 20 mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15 2014