Protein's Wapping Project Double Bill

Published: 21 November 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber

Stairworks Credit: Courtesy of Protein

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein continues its Protein 21 Remix digital series with double bill of Ride and Stairworks featuring Silvestrini himself.

The Ride duet oscillates between aspiration and desire, unbridled passion and respectability. Stairworks is performed on outdoor staircases by men wearing only white bath towels.

Ride (2008) was commissioned for Turning the Season, an exhibition playing with the idea of 'the Season'—the social elite’s summer of balls, races, festivals and regattas—and responded to the sports aspect with a duet between Ascot lady and jockey, performed by Charlotte Broom and Omar Gordon.

Stairworks (2001), Protein’s first piece for The Wapping Project, was commissioned as part of the Jerwood 10 X 8: Stairworks series. It mixes news coverage with Vivaldi’s music and images of men wearing only white bath towels, performed on an outdoor staircase and viewed through windows and doors from the restaurant.

Silvestrini discusses the making of both Ride and Stairworks for the Wapping Project Soundcloud series Past – Forward: The Wapping Project at 20, Episode 2: with choreographers Lea Anderson and Luca Silvestrini.

Performers for Ride are Charlotte Broom and Omar Gordon; Stairworks is performed by Ben Abbott, Jean Abreu, Robin Dingemans, Kristoffer Hahn, Ilkka Kokkonen, John Milroy, Eddie Nixon, Luca Silvestrini, Johan Stjernholm and Daniel Watson.