The Protocol

18 December 2020 | Dance | AVA Dance Company

The Concept

The Protocol is a contemporary dance-theatre work where three unfortunate characters find themselves in an unwanted situation: they have been chosen to be the ambassadors for the first encounter between humans and unknown visitors. Their mission is to develop a strategy (a protocol) to understand the outsider and survive this peculiar meeting. Taking this unusual setting as the starting point, the choreographer Avatâra Ayuso will take us on a journey where dance and live text question our approach to the other, reflecting on matters such as our inner fears and contradictions, prejudices and empathy.

This work has been designed as a triptych and exists in three formats: An indoor work for non-traditional theatre venues // An outdoor work // A short film.

Creative Team

  • Concept, direction and choreography: Avatâra Ayuso
  • Dancers: Chloe Hillyar, Georgia Thomson, Jordan Ajadi
  • Dramaturg: Nacho Vleming
  • Script: Avatâra Ayuso
  • Sound design: Nick Rothwell
  • Script consultant: Michael Walling
  • Outdoor work artistic advisor: Kevin Finnan
  • Set: Avatâra Ayuso
  • Costume: Avatâra Ayuso and Chloe Hillyar
  • Producer: Ornella Salloum

A production by AVA DANCE COMPANY

Tour in 2021: Tour Booker: ornella @


​Support in kind by: Maninahat Productions (UK), EiMa Creació (Spain), Birmingham Royal Ballet (UK), Motion House (UK), Creative Academy (Slough) and Harlequin Floors (UK)

Winner, Best Sound Design, Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival 2021.

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