“I Can’t Breathe” – London Show

Making it’s London debut after touring the USA with Sadler’s Wells associate company “Breakin’ Convention”, I Can’t Breathe, takes an uncompromising look at racism in our society, and the destructive effects it has on the human psyche.

Through an explosive fusion of physical theatre and hip-hop dance, be ready to experience an unflinching, visceral and sometimes humours exploration of modern-day race relations.

Direction & choreography: Lanre Malaolu

Sat 3rd Feb, 8pm: http://bit.ly/2lUvclb


Protocol, will be going stateside with Sadler’s Wells associate company “Breakin’ Convention”, who pick the best dance-theatre companies/performers from around the world, which use hip-hop dance in interesting ways and take them on their annual 3-week U.S tour. Protocol will be performing an extract of Lanre’s duet piece “I Can’t Breathe”

Locations include: NYC, Miami, Charlotte and Denver.

Full details here: http://breakinconvention.com/touring/usa


Protocol have been commissioned to perform at the renowned MAC Festival in Barcelona, their biggest annual festival which takes place September of every year. Performances will take place every day between the 22nd – 25th September, 2017.

Protocol, will be performing an extract from Lanre Malaolu’s duet piece “I Can’t Breathe”.

Lanre “MGC” Bursary Recipient

On behalf of the Michael Grandage Company, Lanre was recently chosen as a 2017 MGC futures award recipient. He will receive financial and ongoing mentoring support from the MGC futures team.

His chosen project will be to hold an R&D development week on“Elephant in the Room”, a solo production which explores the complexities of experiencing mental illness as a man and dissecting the stigma attached to it.

Official press release on the award here: http://bit.ly/2hsQU0y

British Council development program

Lanre has been chosen as a recipient of the British Council’s Edinburgh artist development program!

This program is part of the British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase, alongside the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and is a professional development opportunity aiming to encourage diversity in performing arts. It’s open to UK-based artists who identify as disabled or BAME (black, Asian or minority ethnic) and who don’t regularly work overseas.

Out of an outstanding amount of applications, 8 artists were chosen and will gain special access to the Edinburgh Showcase, the British council’s platform of UK performance for an audience of international promoters.

More info here!


Artists in residence at the Oxford Playhouse!

We have been selected to become artists in residence at the renowned Oxford Playhouse Theatre!

The Evolve Artists in Residence scheme supports three artists or companies each year with seed funding for projects or research and development, the provision of free rehearsal space, and mentoring, advice and support from the Playhouse team.

Full press release here: https://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/artist-development/evolve/

Leicester commision

East London Dance 'Blueprint' show

Lanre has been commissioned to take his new solo “Elephant in the Room” to Leicester as part of the Lets Dance international Frontiers festival ‘Autograph’.

‘Autograph’ is a platform that supports and nurtures emerging artists, commissioning them to develop new work to be performed in Leicester. (In association with Dance4 and Attenborough Arts Centre.)  More details here.
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Sundance Film Festival


In November 2016, Lanre Malaolu was the movement artist and choreographer on The British Council film ‘Dear Mr Shakespeare’, which was featured on The Guardian website and currently has over 100,000 views via YouTube/Vimeo.

The film has also been selected to screen at the renowned Sundance film festival (2017) in America!

You can view the full film here: https://vimeo.com/183218909


Arts Council Success!!

Co-artistic director Lanre Malaolu’s Arts Council bid a success!!

Lanre recently sent off a Grants for the Arts application to fund a two-week Research and Development process on dance-theatre piece ‘I Can’t Breathe’ (working title). To explore ideas in more depth and take the next steps in building it into a full-length production. We’re over the moon that it was accepted and will be in R&D mode February 2017.

“I Can’t Breathe” takes an in-depth and uncompromising look at racism in our society. From the epidemic of black killings by police officers in America to the reality of being a young black man living in London… the piece explores the causes of institutional racism, and the effects it has on our society, relationships and our minds.

Many thanks to Ruby Baker and East London Dance for their support during the application process, and the ACE for their generous contribution.

Stay tuned…