“Our relationship with the Almeida and support from all its departments are key to our development as a company. It helps us build our identity as creators of work that is both dance and theatre; provides us with the support of one of the capital's most reputable venues; and brings our work to new audiences.” Lost Dog
Lost Dog was formed in 2004 by Ben Duke and Raquel Meseguer with the aim of exploring the territory between dance and theatre, generating work that could be accessible to both audiences. The Company began with a simple idea, ‘say what needs to be said and dance the rest’.
The Company’s first duet, Pave up Paradise, won first prize at the Burgos International Choreography competition, second prize at the prestigious Hanover choreography competition, and has been toured by Phoenix Dance Theatre. Their second piece, The Drowner, was created for Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2005 where it was nominated for a Total Theatre award and won critical acclaim. The company received a Bonnie Bird UK New Choreographers' Award in November 2005.
Since then, Lost Dog have created and toured four further full length works, Hungry Ghosts, which toured nationally and internationally in 2007-8; The Rain Parade which was commissioned by Dance Digital and supported by, and premiered at University of Hertfordshire; Salvage, created at the Corn Exchange in Newbury and performed at British Dance Edition and the Brighton Festival 2010; and most recently Home for Broken Turns, which in autumn 2012 completed a UK and international tour alongside It Needs Horses, which won The Place Prize for dance in 2011. The Company has toured work to over 20 UK venues and across Europe. The company has also created several shorter works, The Overhead Project performed at the Place's white Christmas season 2005 and No Idea performed at the Place's Touchwood season 2007.
Lost Dog has received funding from Arts Council England and support from The Place, Newbury Corn Exchange, Dance Digital (Associate Artists in 2009), Jerwood Space and Laban. Lost Dog is a 2012 Escalator Company.
Ben Duke has also created work for Scottish Dance Theatre (The Life and Times of Girl A), and has choreographed projects for The National Theatre of Scotland (Dolls), the Gate Theatre, London (Sexual Neuroses of our Parents), Handspring UK (CROW) and in 2011 was commissioned to make a new work for Dance Umbrella (The Difference Engine) supported by Dance East and the Junction.
Ben Duke is a Work Place Artist, Associate Artist at South East Dance and recipient of the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award 2011.