Born in Italy, Luca Silvestrini studied Performing Arts at Bologna University before moving to the UK in 1995 to complete his dance training at Laban.
His choreography dates from 1997 when he co-founded Protein. As Artistic Director of Protein he is known for idiosyncratic dance theatre work provoked by its deep connections with the everyday.
His Protein catalogue includes the site- specific international hit Publife, stage works The Banquet, Big Sale, Dear Body and the most recent LOL (lots of love). His personality is stamped on large-scale cross-generational and participatory events including the world record breaking Big Dance Class, Eat London (which won a Visit London Gold Award) and Big World Dance 2010, both of which took place in Trafalgar Square. He has created full length inter-generational productions in Valenciennes and Athens, and taught and presented Protein’s participatory work at schools and conferences in Singapore, Spain and Italy.
Luca has created work for Transitions, Intoto, Bare Bones, CandoCo, From Here to Maturity, Funny Bones, Company of Elders at Sadler’s Wells and Sankalpalm. Theatre and opera credits include work for English National Opera, Theatre Rites, Royal Court Theatre, Duckie and Youth Music Theatre UK. He has won a Jerwood Choreography Award, a Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and The Place Prize, sponsored by Bloomberg, 2006 Audience Award, and he was one of the first recipients of a Rayne Choreography Award (2006). Protein is currently resident company at Greenwich Dance.