Leap of Faith – First Impressions Film

‘First Impressions’ by East London Dance’s over 65s company, Leap of Faith.

To celebrate their 21st Anniversary, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein asked East London Dance’s Leap of Faith to reimagine their seminal dance piece Border Tales.

As Leap of Faith finished creating the piece the pandemic set in and it was sadly never performed. But Leap of Faith don’t give up that easily, and under the leadership of Molly Wright they have re-worked the piece, filming this new version from the comfort and safely of their own homes, all via Zoom.

We are thrilled to be able to share the final film. Enjoy!


First Impressions was created as part of Protein 21 Reimagine, a national programme of new work inspired by the company’s repertory celebrating Luca Silvestrini’s Protein 21st Anniversary. This piece is a reimagining of Border Tales made in 2013.

Music by Andy Pink and Anthar Kharana from Border Tales

Performed by:

Anne Engel, Carole Cooper, Jeanette Hall, Jill Ehanire, Karene Wallace, Ophelia Jules, Patricia Ledwith, Renée Cohen, Stella Joseph & Yvette Olaseni

East London Dance Team:

Choreographed by Molly Wright
Directed and edited by Ben Stanley
Produced by Gemma Griffith
Special thanks to Ameila Binnell, Aminah Begum & Jessie Calway

Protein Team:

Artistic Director Luca Silvestrini
Executive Director Franck Bordese
Creative Producer Caron Loudy
Project Coordinator Michael Johnson
Administrator Emma Baker-Griffin

Supported by Royal Borough of Greenwich and Arts Council England