Ben Duke - Artistic Director of Lost Dog / Performer
Ben trained at 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 is a Work Place artist, was Associate Artist at South East Dance 2012- 14 and was the recipient of the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award 2011. In 2016 Paradise Lost(lies unopened beside me) was nominated for the Sky Academy Arts Award for dance. Ben won the 2016 National Dance Critics Award for Outstanding Male Performance for Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) and the 2017 Rural Touring Award for the most innovative and inspirational show.
As well as his work for Lost Dog, Ben has directed and choreographed works for other companies including Goat for Rambert which was nominated for an Olivier award in the Best New Dance Production category 2018. Other commissions include Barely Methodical Troupe (Kin), Scottish Dance Theatre (The Life and Times of Girl A), Dance Umbrella (The Difference Engine) and Phoenix Dance Theatre (Pave up Paradise).
He has performed with Probe, Hofesh Shechter Company, The Gate Theatre, The National Theatre of Scotland, Glyndebourne Opera and Punchdrunk.
“Ben Duke is a true original….. a conduit for raw emotions that can shift from the incendiary to the heart-breaking in the shuffle of a footstep” – The Stage