About Lost Dog
Lost Dog occupies a unique position in the cultural landscape; drawing in and mixing ideas and audiences from theatre, dance, comedy, circus, and storytelling in a way no other company does.
Lost Dog was formed in 2004 by Ben Duke and Raquel Meseguer to create work using text, movement, and music in which dance is framed by stories and characters.
The company’s first work, Pave up Paradise in 2004, won 1st prize at the Burgos International Choreography competition, 2nd prize at the Hanover choreography competition, and was bought and toured by Phoenix Dance Theatre as part of its Stories in Red 25th anniversary mixed bill. In 2005 The Drowner received a Bonnie Bird UK New Choreographers’ Award. Lost Dog has also created Hungry Ghosts (2007); The Rain Parade (2009); Salvage (2010); and It Needs Horses (2011) which won The Place Prize for Dance, sponsored by Bloomberg.
More recent work includes Home for Broken Turns (2012) and Like Rabbits (2014) which was made in collaboration with writer Lucy Kirkwood.
Lost Dog’s one-man show, Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me), won Ben Duke huge critical acclaim including the 2016 National Dance Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Male Performance. The show was shortlisted for a Total Theatre Award 2015 in the Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form category, was nominated for the 2016 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Dance and won the 2017 Rural Touring Dance Initiative award for the “The most inspiring and innovative show.” Paradise Lost was described as “a virtuoso tour-de-force” by the Stage and Ben has taken the show to far-flung parts of the UK since its premiere at Battersea Arts Centre in 2015.
Lost Dog’s most recent show, Juliet & Romeo premiered at Battersea Arts Centre on Valentine’s Day 2018 and has since gone on to tour extensively in the UK, receiving huge critical acclaim. The work is broadly based on Shakespeare’s deeply pessimistic love story and explores whether our culture’s celebration of youth creates unrealistic expectations around love, sex, and relationships. A duet performed by Kip Johnson and Solène Weinachter, it is a humorous and heartfelt investigation into love, loss, and longevity.
Lost Dog is part of Caravan’s new internationalists programme 2018-19. Caravan is a Farnham Maltings initiative supported by Arts Council England.