Dancing Into 2024

01 February 2024

Spring has officially sprung for Take Art Dance following a hugely successful RTDI Autumn tour reaching over 1800 people across the UK through dance performances and workshops. 
As we shake off the winter blues and leap lamb-like into our Spring touring season, we’re excited to be welcoming Luca Silvestrini’s award-winning Protein back to Somerset this March with their immersive performance May Contain Food, May Contain You.
One of the most distinctive voices in British dance theatre, Artistic Director Luca Silvestrini has been using a unique blend of choreography, music, spoken word and social commentary to engage and entertain audiences since 1997. Committed to connecting people and everyday life through dance both on and off stage, Protein provides dance experiences that everyone can be moved by, inviting the audience closer and bridging the divide between watching and participating.
Luca is no stranger to Somerset. Maybe you’ve seen the show as it has toured here before? At Take Art, we’re also very lucky to have Luca as a member of our Board!

We are so pleased and grateful to the Rural Touring Dance Initiative for the opportunity to bring May Contain Food May Contain You back to rural areas this Spring. It’s exciting that our much-loved duet with and about food is returning to Somerset with two shows in Wiveliscombe and Castle Cary. Thank you, Take Art, for renewing this invitation, we are looking forward to bringing our pop-up restaurant there and serving you a fun, surprising, multi-sensory show, and a memorable night out. 

Luca Silvestrini

Watch as Protein transforms a village hall space into their pop-up restaurant set. 

May Contain Food, May Contain You celebrates our creative, unique and often nostalgic relationships with food in a fun-filled and thought-provoking night out.
With reference to the ‘May Contain You’ in its title, audiences are invited to bring to the show something they’ve grown, made, or bought to share with others as part of the evening. Bringing something is not obligatory but why not show off your prize carrots, homemade cakes, or favourite local produce?!
An important aim of this iteration of RTDI is to engage with children and young people and provide opportunities for them to experience contemporary dance performance and more. On Saturday 2nd March, 13-18 year olds are invited to join a creative workshop with Luca from 10:30-11:30am at Caryford Hall

Why not sign up? You can book here for £4 + £1 booking fee.
If that wasn’t enough, RTDI and Rural Touring are teaming up with our very own Cultivate project and other local food projects including Eat Cary Community Garden, so you can find out more about what’s going on in the edible world near you after the show in Castle Cary. Take your seat at the best restaurant in town, for one night only, in Wiveliscombe or Castle Cary this March. 
Looking forward, we're soon launching our new RTDI menu featuring the seven dance companies who will be touring in Autumn 2024 and Spring 2025. Watch this space for news on who will be coming to Somerset and the rest of the South-West later in the year.

Spring Forward Dance Festival

Tickets are now on sale here. The participating groups have received their performing schedules and we're counting down the days until we meet them all again in March. 

Spring Forward 2024 will be returning on the following dates:

  • Thursday 7 March 2023 - The McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater
  • Friday 22 March 2023 - Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton
  • Thursday 28 March 2023 - The McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater

While you're counting down the days until the big event, why not check out last year's best moments here or and our Spring Forward trailer film below.