The Lost Dog Team
Ben Duke (Artistic Director)
Ben is Artistic Director and co-founder of Lost Dog. He 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 is an attempt to reconcile those three subjects.
In 1997 Ben saw Alain Platel’s show Bernadetje at the Newcastle Playhouse and has been trying to re-create the feeling of confusion and joy he had while watching that piece in his own artistic practice. The majority of his artistic output has been within Lost Dog.
Outside of this company Ben has also worked as a free lance choreographer and performer. Most recently he created the Olivier award nominated Goat for Rambert.
He has also created work for Scottish Dance Theatre (The Life and Times of Girl A), Dance Umbrella (The Difference Engine), Phoenix Dance Theatre (Pave up Paradise), the contemporary circus company Barely Methodical Troupe (Kin), Hi Fliers (There were definitely swans) and last year he collaborated with composer Orlando Gough to create a dance theatre piece for stroke survivors with Rosetta Life (Stroke Odyssey).
He has choreographed for theatre projects by The National Theatre of Scotland (Dolls), the Gate Theatre, London (Sexual Neuroses of our Parents) and Handspring UK (CROW).
As a performer he has worked at the Gate Theatre (I am Falling), The National Theatre of Scotland (Dolls), and with Probe (May) and Punchdrunk (Faust).
Ben is a Work Place artist and was Associate Artist at South East Dance 2012-14. In 2016 Ben won the National Dance Critics Award for Outstanding Male Performance for Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me).
Emily Smith (Producer)
Emily studied Dance & Culture at the University of Surrey and trained at London Contemporary Dance School. She went on to work in the Artist Development and Theatre department at The Place as JUICE editor and Projects Assistant for Spring Loaded and The Place Prize 2008. Emily joined Hofesh Shechter Company in 2008 as Projects Manager working on Uprising/In your rooms, The Art of Not Looking Back, Political Mother, The Choreographer’s Cut and delivering the company’s extensive participation programme.
Emily ran away to the mountains in 2011 to do a ski-season before returning in 2012 to join Lost Dog since which time she has been Producer for the company, responsible for producing Home for Broken Turns, Like Rabbits and Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me).
Since 2012, Emily has also been working freelance with numerous other artists, companies and venues including Resolution! at The Place, Cohan at 90, Amy Hodge’s 7-75, Riccardo Buscarini’s No Lander, Hofesh Shechter Company’s Nomad Land and James Cousins Company Without Stars tour.
Hattie Gregory (Producer)
Hattie is an independent Producer working with extraordinary artists and theatre organisations across the UK. She joined Lost Dog as Producer in April 2019.
Alongside her work with Lost Dog she also collaborates with Bristol-based international ensemble Ad Infinitum, COMMON, dance producer Georgina Harper, artists Racheal Spence and Lisa Hammond of Bunny and clown artist Jamie Wood.
Prior to this, Hattie was Producer at Fuel where she supported the development, creation and tour of imaginative, multi-disciplinary theatre from 2014 – 2018. She supported the work of artists and companies including Encounter, Tom Stuart, Inua Ellams, Uninvited Guests, Andy Smith and Nick Makoha.
Jackie Shemesh (Associate Artist)
Jackie Shemesh designs lighting for dance, theatre and visual art. He has collaborated with Ben Duke and Lost Dog for more then a decade, designing most of their works.
He has worked with many dance organisations such as the Batsheva Ensemble, Rambert, Ballet Boys, Scottish Dance Theatre, Dorky Park (Berlin), National Welsh Dance, Candoco Dance and Protein Dance. Other choreographers include Stephanie Schober, Jamila Johnson-Small, Eva Recacha, Nigel Charnock, Hetain Patel, Arthur Pita, Alexander Whitley and more.
Theatre credits: ‘Ramayana’ for the Lyric Hammersmith, The Hound of the Baskervilles for Peepolykus and Neal Street Productions, Vanya and Mary Stuart (Rob Icke) for Almeida Theatre. As You Like It, The Return of Ulysses and What We Did For Weinstein for Tim Supple. The Penal Colony, Man, Oh My Sweet Land for Young Vic. Islands and The Beloved for the Bush Theatre.
Other collaborations include Recital for Cathy and From Canyons to Stars for the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. JRMiP Hebbel Theatre and What If Women Ruled The Word MIF initiated by artist Yael Bartana (Berlin). TUTBU, Delete Beach for Phil Collins (Berlin). Cheap Kolektiv Berlin Communist Bigamist, The Magic Flute (NYC) and Camp Anti Camp!
Pip Duke (Associate Artist)
Pip has worked as a core collaborator with Lost Dog on all of their works to date. After completing her training at the Royal Ballet School, Pip danced with Bayerische Staats Oper for 6 years, during that time she guested with Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet before joining Nederlands Dans Theater. With NDT she created work with Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, and William Forsythe. In 2002 Pip joined the faculty at the London Contemporary Dance School and completed her Master of Arts in Dance Training and Education there in 2005. In 2004 she danced with Hofesh Shechter in his Place Prize piece Cult.
Pip now freelances as a teacher at LCDS, London Studio Centre and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and for companies including: NDT2, Rambert Dance Company, the Hofesh Shechter Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, DV8, Norrdans, and Bern Ballet. She also mentors independent artists, most recently Stuart Waters and circus/dance duo Nikki and JD.
Raquel Meseguer (Associate Artist)
Raquel is co-founder of Lost Dog. Raquel trained at London Contemporary Dance School and performed with Punchdrunk, Tilted Co & Stan Won’t Dance. As well as her work with Lost Dog, Raquel has co-delivered projects for Punchdrunk (The Uncommercial Traveller & The Black Diamond), and has collaborated with theatre maker Amy Hodge (The Rover & 7-75) and Rachel Bagshaw (The Shape of The Pain). In 2015 Raquel formed Unchartered Collective to make work that explores the complexity of living with a Hidden Condition. She is currently directing Someone Should Start Laughing & A Crash Course in Cloudspotting for the collective. She was a South East Dance Research Associate 2017 and an Unlimited Commissioned Artist 2017 (R&D).
Solène Weinachter (Performer)
Solène’s dance journey started on her kitchen floor and took her to The Place in London where she graduated with a BA(hons) and an MA in contemporary dance and performance. From 2007 to 2012 she danced with Scottish Dance Theatre where she first worked with Ben Duke in The life and Time of Girl A. Solène joined Lost Dog as a freelance dancer in 2012. She also worked with Gecko, Troubleyn and is currently dancing with Vera Tussing and Joan Cleville Dance.
In parallel, Solène has co-created since 2010 a collective with Glasgow based music artist Jer Reid.