Lost Dog | Almeida Festival, London
Lost Dog’s It Needs Horses, commissioned for
The Place Prize for Dance, sponsored by
Bloomberg. Photo Benedict Johnson
Lost Dog & Lucy Kirkwood


Inspired by Lappin and Lapinova by Virginia Woolf
Mon 22 Jul 2013 - Wed 24 Jul 2013

A delicate woman, deeply in love, marries a man named Ernest. Every night the newlyweds slip away from their real lives and disappear over the moors into a world of their own creation. There, they are King of the Rabbits and Queen Of the Hares. But as she craves to stay longer and longer in this fantasy world, she soon fears that her husband considers it only a game - one that has already begun to lose its novelty - and the couple hurtle towards quiet, devastating tragedy.

We are delighted to welcome back award winning company Lost Dog who brought the wonderful It Needs Horses (Place Prize winner) to last year’s Festival. They will present a work-in-progress devised by choreographer Ben Duke and writer Lucy Kirkwood - NSFW (Royal Court); Chimerica (Almeida).

An Almeida Festival 2013 Commission
  • Lost Dog - Home for Broken Turns 1Lost Dog - Home for Broken Turns 1 - Hugo Glendinning
  • Lost Dog - Home for Broken Turns 2Lost Dog - Home for Broken Turns 2 - Hugo Glendinning
  • Lost Dog - Home for Broken Turns 3Lost Dog - Home for Broken Turns 3 - Hugo Glendinning
  • Lost Dog - Home for Broken Turns 4Lost Dog - Home for Broken Turns 4 - Hugo Glendinning
  • Lost Dog - Home for Broken Turns 5Lost Dog - Home for Broken Turns 5 - Hugo Glendinning
  • Lost Dog - Home for Broken Turns 6Lost Dog - Home for Broken Turns 6 - Hugo Glendinning

Lost Dog's Ben Duke introduces Rabbits:

Ben explains the impetus behind the show:

Ben talks about the suprise moments:

Describing Rabbits in five words:

Audience response


Ben talks about working with Lucy Kirkwood and the future of Rabbits

A trailer for Lost Dog's Home for Broken Turns:


Lost Dog

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. 


Lucy Kirkwood

For the Almeida: Chimerica.

Theatre includes:
NSFW (Royal Court); Housekeeping (Theatre Uncut / Southwark Playhouse / Latitude Festival); small hours (co-written with Ed Hime, Hampstead Theatre); Hansel and Gretel; Beauty & The Beast (National Theatre); Women, Power & Politics: Bloody Wimmin (Tricycle Theatre); It Felt Empty When The Heart Went at First But It is Alright Now (Clean Break / Arcola); Psychogeography; Guns or Butter (Terror Festival / Union Theatre); Hedda (Gate Theatre); Tinderbox (Bush Theatre).

Lucy is currently under commission to the National Theatre and to Manhattan Theatre Company.

Ben Duke
Artistic Director / Choreographer

Ben is the Artistic Director of Lost Dog, whose work includes It Needs Horses which as the winner of the 2011 Place Prize in London. Ben trained at the Guildford School of Acting, The London Contemporary Dance School and has a first class degree in English Literature from Newcastle University. His work explores the overlap and transition between Dance and Theatre.   
Ben has created work for Scottish Dance Theatre, choreographed for The National Theatre of Scotland, The Gate Theatre,, Handspring UK and in 2011 was commissioned to make a new work for Dance Umbrella. As a performer he has worked with Probe, Hofesh Shechter Company, The Gate Theatre, The National Theatre of Scotland, Glyndebourne Opera and Punchdrunk. Ben is a Work Place Artist, Associate Artist at South East Dance and recipient of the Bonnie Bird New Choreograpy Award 2011. Lost Dog is an escalator company.

Ino Riga

Ino is originally from Greece. She trained at the State School of Dance, in Athens. Whilst in Greece, she worked with Iniochos Theatre Company. Since 2003, Ino has been living in London and working as a freelance performer. She has worked with various companies including Richard Alston Dance Company, Wayne McGregor / Random Dance, Hofesh Shechter Company, Mark Bruce. The Royal Exchange Theatre, Jo Fong and The Clod Ensemble. In 2011, she joined Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre and has been working with director / choreographer Michael Keenan-Dolan.

Chris Tandy

Chris is from Wales and graduated from Laban in 2004 with a BA (Hons.) in Dance Theatre. In his early career he danced for NDCWales under the Artistic Direction of Ann Sholem, and for Dangsroep Amsterdam under the artistic direction of Itzik Galili and Krisztina De Chatel. He now works as a freelance dancer with choreographers including Ivan Perez, Itamar Serussi, Marina Mascarell and Mark Bruce. He also choreohgraphs and teaches internationally.


22, 23 & 24 July at 9pm

Audio Described performance Wed 24 July at 9pm (Touch Tour begins at 8.00pm in the Almeida Foyer)
Click here to listen to the audio brochure for Rabbits

Click here to see the full schedule for the Festival

Please note that this performance contains smoking.


Full £10
Concessions and Under 30s* £5
Young Friends of the Almeida £5

Double-Bill Discount
Book a full price ticket for this show and Watch iT! on 22, 23 or 24 July and get both shows for just £20, saving £5.

*Concessions are available to full-time students, over 60s, those claiming Job Seekers Allowance, and Deaf and disabled patrons. Proof of eligibility may be requested.

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