About Lost Dog

Who we are

Artistic Director: Ben Duke
Producer: Tessa Howell
Founding Patron: Jo Boorman


Lost Dog was formed in 2004 by Ben Duke and Raquel Meseguer with the aim of creating work that is both theatre and dance. The company work with text, live music and movement and blend these elements to create work in which dance is framed by stories and characters.

“We began with an idea and we continue to wrestle with it, to say what needs to be said and dance the rest.”

Our work to date

Lost Dog’s newest work, Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) based on Milton’s epic poem, premiered at Battersea Arts Centre in May 2015 as part of A Nation’s Theatre and went on to run at Summerhall as part the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the whole of August 2015 where it received high critical acclaim and was shortlisted for a Total Theatre Award in the Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form category. It will go on to tour in Autumn 2015 and Spring 2016. The company’s previous work Like Rabbits, made in collaboration with award winning writer Lucy Kirkwood and inspired by Virginia Woolf’s short story Lappin & Lapinova premiered at Brighton Festival 2014 and was originally presented as a work in progress at the Almeida Festival 2013. In 2011 Lost Dog won The Place Prize for Dance sponsored by Bloomberg with their duet, It Needs Horses.

The company’s first work, 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 as part of its Stories in Red 25th anniversary mixed bill. Their second piece, The Drowner, was nominated for a Total Theatre award and won critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2005, and in the same year the company received a Bonnie Bird UK New Choreographers’ Award. Lost Dog has also created Hungry Ghosts, which toured nationally and internationally in 2007-2008; The Rain Parade which was commissioned by Dance Digital and toured in 2009; Salvage, created at the Corn Exchange Newbury and performed at British Dance Edition and Brighton Festival 2010; and Home for Broken Turns, which completed a UK and international tour in 2012-2014 alongside It Needs Horses.

Lost Dog has also created several shorter works including, The Overhead Project performed at The Place’s White Christmas season 2005 and No Idea performed at The Place’s Touchwood season 2007.

For Ben Duke biography see Ben Duke

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