LOST DOG, run by Artistic Director Ben Duke, is currently working on a new production for 2018: Juliet and Romeo – A Guide to Long Life and Happy Marriage, broadly based on Shakespeare’s deeply pessimistic teenage love story, is performed by Ben Duke and Solène Weinachter.
Opening at Battersea Arts Centre on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, this 21st century version of the world’s most tragic romance explores contemporary culture’s celebration of youth and how it creates unrealistic expectations around love, sex and relationships.
In this intelligent and often comedic interpretation of the story, Juliet and Romeo have somehow survived into middle age; living together they wonder how they got here and what they managed to lose along the way.
The work explores the rougher edges of honesty in relationships, the sometimes humbling shared humanity and how on earth anyone progresses from there. Combining dance, comedy, contemporary text and theatre, this captivating show is a humorous and heartfelt investigation into love, loss and longevity.
PERFORMER- ARTISTIC DIRECTOR- BEN DUKE
PERFORMER – SOLÈNE WEINACHTER
ARTISTIC COLLABORATOR -RAQUEL MESEGUER
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, won 1st prize at the Burgos International Choreography competition, 2nd prize at the Hanover choreography competition,). In 2005 The Drowner received a Bonnie Bird UK New Choreographers’ Award. Lost Dog has also created Hungry Ghosts, (2007-2008); The Rain Parade (2009); Salvage (2010) and in 2011 won The Bloomberg Place Prize for Dance with It Needs Horses. More recent work includes Home for Broken Turns (2012), Like Rabbits, made in collaboration with writer Lucy Kirkwood (2014) and the prize winning hit show Paradise Lost (lies unopened besides me) (2015-2018).
‘JULIET and ROMEO: A GUIDE TO LONG LIFE and HAPPY MARRIAGE’
February 14th – 24th – London, Battersea Arts Centre www.bac.org.uk
February 27th – March 3rd – London, The Place www.theplace.org.uk
Touring autumn 2018
PRESS NIGHT: February 15th at Battersea Arts Centre