It Needs Horses/Home for Broken Turns | Lost Dog | Almeida Theatre, London

It Needs Horses / Home for Broken Turns

Lost Dog
Mon 23 Jul 2012 - Sat 28 Jul 2012

Winner of the 2011 Place Prize, It Needs Horses tells the tale of two down at heel performers and their increasingly desperate attempts to entertain the crowd.

Home for Broken Turns is the first showing of a new work from Lost Dog which expands the story of this faded ringmaster and his bedraggled assistant.

Please note that due to injury Anna Finkel will be replaced by Sita Ostheimer for Saturday evening’s performance.

Read what the Press have to say about Lost Dog

“A very bright new voice in dance theatre.”
Time Out

“…Duke and Meseguer's highly theatrical and subversively humorous style, marked by keen ears for a good rock tune, is a welcome change from the derivative fare peddled by their peers.”


Lost Dog formed in 2004 with the aim of bridging the gap between theatre and dance. The company blend text, live music and movement to create work in which dance is framed by stories and characters. Their first collaboration, Pave up Paradise, won first prize at the Burgos International Choreography competition, second prize at the prestigious Hanover choreography competition, and was bought and toured by Phoenix Dance Theatre. The company further received a Bonnie Bird UK New Choreographers' Award in 2005. Gaining critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, their second piece, The Drowner, was nominated for a Total Theatre award. Lost Dog has since continued this success with internationally received Hungry Ghosts, The Rain Parade and Salvage. Their most recent work, It Needs Horses, to be performed at the Festival, won the Place Prize final in 2011.

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Christopher Evans (It Needs Horses)
Christopher is a graduate of the London Contemporary Dance School and worked with Hofesh Shechter Company between 2006 and 2010. Recently moving into physical theatre, his recent projects include Missing (Gecko Theatre) as well as work with Centroid Motion Capture, Jonathan Lunn, Eddie Izzard and Lost Dog.

Anna Finkel (It Needs Horses and Home for Broken Turns)
Anna trained at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre in Canada before completing her masters degree at Trinity Laban. Anna maintains working relations in Canada, performing with Dancemakers, Susanna Hood, Le Groupe Dance Lab and Peter Boneham. In the UK she has worked with ACE Dance and Music, Douglas Thorpe, Gecko Theatre and Lost Dog.
Please note that due to injury Anna will be replaced by Sita Ostheimer for Saturday evening’s performance.

Lise Manavit (Home for Broken Turns)
Lise attended the Conservatoire National Superieur Musiqe et Danse in Lyon and went on to study at London Contemporary Dance School for a year to complete her training. Since then Lise has worked with several companies including Tilted Productions, Dance Theatre of Ireland, Stephanie Schober Dance Company and bgroup. She splits her time between France and the UK.

Laura Pena (Home for Broken Turns)
Laura was born in Paraguay and took up Paraguayan folk dancing at a young age. She trained and worked as a dancer in Argentina. In the UK, Laura has worked with Henri Oguike Dance Company and Motionhouse, performing extensively nationally and internationally. She has also worked on projects with Aya Kobayashi, Aletta Collins and Lost Dog.

Ino Riga (Home for Broken Turns)
Ino is originally from Greece and trained at the State School of Dance in Athens before working with the Iniochos Theatre Company. Since 2003 Ino has been based in London, working with companies including Richard Alston Dance Company, Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, Hofesh Shechter Company, Mark Bruce, The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, Jo Fong and the Clod Ensemble. In 2011, she joined Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre and has been working with the director/choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan. This is the first time that Ino is working with Lost Dog.

Solène Weinachter (Home for Broken Turns)
Solene trained and completed her MA at London Contemporary Dance School. From 2007 to 2012 she danced with Scottish Dance Theatre where she first worked with Ben Duke (Artistic Director of Lost Dog) on The Life and Times of Girl A. She has also worked with Hofesh Shechter Company, Ina Christel Johannessen, Kate Weare and Rachel Lopez de la Nieta. Alongside being a full time dancer, Solene has started to develop her own choreographic project in Scotland.


Ben Duke
Artistic Director

Ben trained at the Guildford School of Acting and the London Contemporary Dance School. He has created work for Scottish Dance Theatre, choreographed for the National Theatre of Scotland, the Gate Theatre and in 2011 was commissioned to make a new piece for Dance Umbrella. Ben is currently collaborating with Handspring Puppet Company on their new production. As a performer he has worked with Probe, The Hofesh Shechter Company, The Gate Theatre, The National Theatre of Scotland, Glyndebourne Opera and Punchdrunk. Ben is a Work Place Artist and Associate Artist at South East Dance.

Jackie Shemesh

Jackie graduated from the Jerusalem School of Visual Theatre. He is based in London and works internationally designing lighting for theatre, dance, music and opera. Recent dance work includes Lunatic by Nigel Charnock (National Dance Company Wales), The Life and Times of Girl A by Ben Duke (Scottish Dance Theatre), Dear Body B by Luca Silvestrini (Protein Dance). Recent theatre work One Dimensional Man (Opla Companya), As You Like It (Curve Theatre Leicester) and The Arab and the Jew (Gecko Theatre Company).

Holly Waddington
Costume Design

Holly studied Fine Art at Oxford University and Scenography at Trinity Laban. She has worked as a costumier in the film industry, costume designer in theatre and more recently as a scenographer with a particular interest in dance theatre. She was a finalist for the Linbury Prize for theatre design in 2007. Her theatre/dance work includes Elektra (Young Vic), The Life and Times of Girl A (Scottish Dance Theatre), Breathing Irregular (The Gate) and Hedda (The Gate). Her recent film work as costume designer includes Sally Potter’s Bomb.

James M Keane

James trained at Trinity College of Music. As a performer he has worked with Deborah Warner (LIFT), Tom Morris (National Theatre, BAC), Struan Leslie (National Theatre, WNO), Melly Still (Lyric Hammersmith), Jonathan Stone (Purcell Room and touring), Julian Crouch and Lizzi Kew-Ross (Laban). He has orchestrated and conducted for composers Murray Gold, John Browne, Paul Clark and Steve Blake. Most recently he has been touring with Hofesh Shechter Company, performing in Without Warning Company, conducting for The Clod Ensemble at Sadler’s Wells and Tate Modern, writing music for Joss Arnott Dance and a piece for the Trinity String Ensemble, conducted by Nic Pendlebury.


Evening performances 23, 24, 26 and 28 July at 7.30pm

Saturday 28 July This performance is taking place during the London 2012 Olympic Games. If necessary please allow more time for your journey and check Transport for London or Get Ahead of the Games before travelling to the Almeida Theatre.

Running time is approximately one hour.

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Concessions (Jobseekers Allowance, Full-Time Students, Over 60s, Deaf and disabled patrons) £10.00
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