The creative team behind If Play Is Play…
Born in Jesi, Italy, Luca graduated in Performing Arts at Bologna University. In 1995, he moved to London to complete his dance training at Laban. His choreography dates from 1997, when he co-founded Protein Dance. As its Artistic Director he is known for idiosyncratic dance theatre work provoked by deep connections with the everyday, recognised by Protein being awarded Best Independent Company at the National Dance Awards 2011.
Former NDT 1 dancer Johan Inger (Stockholm, 1967) has been an associate choreographer at NDT since 2009. In 1995 he made his first choreography for NDT 2. The resultingMellantid marked his official debut as a choreographer and was immediately a resounding success. This season Inger created the new work B.R.I.S.A. for NDT 2 in Programme B (premiere March 6).
From Manchester and trained in music at Salford University, lighting and design at RADA and at the Yale School of Drama, and in architecture at the University of North London.
Lighting for dance includes: ROMEO & JULIA (Royal Ballet of Flanders), BALLO DELLA REGINA, LES LUTINS, THE LESSON, RENARD, NON LINEAR INTERACTIONS, TRIP-TRAC, LEIDER, CONSOLATIONS & LIEBERSTRAUM, TITIAN METAMORPHOSIS, RAVENGIRL (Royal Ballet); Fourteen works for Cathy Marston/Royal Ballet/Bern Ballet; SEA OF TROUBLES (English National Ballet); IN A MINOR KEY (MIkhailovsky Ballet); THREE & FOUR QUARTERS (Headspace Dance Company) & more.
Ian’s recent credits include, A Taste Of Honey, Emil and the Detectives, Port, This House and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Olivier Award) all at the National Theatre. Other recent shows are: The Weir at the Geilgud; The Machine at Manchester International Festival; Roots at the Donmar; To Kill A Mockingbird at Regent’s Park; Before the Party at the Almeida; The River and Hero at the Royal Court. Ian has been with the Autograph design team since 2009.
Sabine began her career styling music videos & commercials before moving across into theatre. As a Costume Design Supervisor since 2001, has worked on productions for companies such as The Royal Opera, Royal Ballet, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Sadler’s Wells, English National Opera, Old Vic Theatre and Almeida Theatre. “If Play Is Play” marks Sabines design debut in dance.