Like Rabbits was commissioned by Brighton Festival and The Place, and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Additionally supported by South East Dance and CCN de Caen / Basse-Normandie, Direction Héla Fattoumi – Eric Lamoureux, under the programme “Accueil-Studio” / French Ministry of Culture and Communication through DanSCe Dialogues 2 funded by Interreg IVA and co-financed by ERDF. Originally commissioned by the Almeida Festival.
Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s short story Lappin and Lapinova
On a night in a city a man and a woman meet and have sex and fall deeply in love. Each night the lovers slip away from their real lives and disappear into a world that exists only in their shared imagination. A world that belongs to them, in which tax returns and shopping lists and commuting do not exist. A world in which they are not their normal selves, but King of the Rabbits and Queen of the Hares.
But what begins as a game soon becomes a battleground, and the couple hurtle towards a tragedy of the quietest, saddest and most ordinary type.
★★★★ A strikingly elegant and funny piece of dance theatre (The Guardian)
★★★★★ Stunningly staged and beautifully lit, Like Rabbits is taught, compact and moving (Latest 7)
Devised by Ben Duke in collaboration with Lucy Kirkwood. Performed by: Ino Riga and Ben Duke. Original performers: Ino Riga and Chris Tandy. Costume design: Holly Waddington. Lighting & Set design: Jackie Shemesh