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Extra Date Added For Lost Dog's PARADISE LOST at The Place Photo Extra Date Added For Lost Dog's PARADISE LOST at The Place
by Stephi Wild - May 18, 2021

Paradise Lost…combines theatre, comedy and movement on a journey through the story of the creation of everything condensed into 80 minutes, beginning with Lucifer's rebellion and ending with Adam and Eve's expulsion from The Garden of Eden.  

PARADISE LOST From Lost Dog Announces Dates For This Summer Photo PARADISE LOST From Lost Dog Announces Dates For This Summer
by Stephi Wild - May 6, 2021

LOST DOG's award-winning, critically acclaimed production, PARADISE LOST (lies unopened beside me) is to be revived and re-staged in June and July.

November Dates Announced For Lost Dog's JULIET & ROMEO Photo November Dates Announced For Lost Dog's JULIET & ROMEO
by Stephi Wild - Oct 28, 2020

Earlier this year the spring tour of JULIET & ROMEO, LOST DOG's award-winning, witty, and slightly unnerving version of Shakespeare's teenage love story was shelved due to Covid-closures. 

New Book Finds Quality Of Life Of People Living With Effects Of A Stroke Improved By  Photo New Book Finds Quality Of Life Of People Living With Effects Of A Stroke Improved By Arts
by Stephi Wild - Oct 20, 2020

Launching on World Stroke Day on 29th October, new publication Recovering Hope is the result of a decade of working with stroke survivors in hospitals and in the months following their release.

Stroke Opera I LOOK FOR THE THINK Shown In Hospital and Streamed For World Stroke Day Photo Stroke Opera I LOOK FOR THE THINK Shown In Hospital and Streamed For World Stroke Day
by Stephi Wild - Oct 6, 2020

At the height of the pandemic when vulnerable members of society were shielding, a community of the UK's most isolated and vulnerable people came together online to create an opera about love after stroke.

Rural Dance Digital Season Launches Today Photo Rural Dance Digital Season Launches Today
by Stephi Wild - Sep 23, 2020

This autumn, the Rural Touring Dance Initiative (RTDI) is going digital, with a series of online events that launches today with a brand new commission from Lost Dog, a season of filmed dance shows and Q&As, and a special digital taster of Scottish Dance Theatre's Antigone, Interrupted.

Stroke Survivors To Perform In Online Opera I LOOK FOR THE THINK Photo Stroke Survivors To Perform In Online Opera I LOOK FOR THE THINK
by Stephi Wild - Jul 9, 2020

In a time of global isolation, a community of the UK's most isolated and vulnerable people are overcoming barriers to join together online to create an opera about love after stroke.

Lost Dog Casts Kip Johnson As Romeo in JULIET & ROMEO Photo Lost Dog Casts Kip Johnson As Romeo in JULIET & ROMEO
by Stephi Wild - Feb 12, 2020

JULIET & ROMEO, LOST DOG's award-winning, witty, and slightly unnerving version of Shakespeare's teenage love story has been playing to sellout audiences all over the UK since February 2018.

Sadler's Wells Announces New Shows For 2020 and Barclays Dance Pass Photo Sadler's Wells Announces New Shows For 2020 and Barclays Dance Pass
by Stephi Wild - Jan 23, 2020

Tickets are on public sale from Monday 10 February 2020 for new shows announced at Sadler's Wells across 2020, featuring five world premieres, 10 UK premieres, and six Sadler's Wells Productions and co-productions, as well as a host of new creative partnerships involving artists from all over the world.

The Rural Touring Dance Initiative Will Make its Way Around the UK Photo The Rural Touring Dance Initiative Will Make its Way Around the UK
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 9, 2020

Kicking off the start of a new decade and celebrating five years, the Rural Touring Dance Initiative (RTDI) will tour a fresh selection of shows created by dance companies whose work has been enjoyed on both national and international stages and can now be seen in village halls and rural venues across the UK. The shows on offer have been selected by local promoters from 'menus' which enable them to choose the work that best suits their venue.

JULIET & ROMEO Comes to Wilton's Music Hall Photo JULIET & ROMEO Comes to Wilton's Music Hall
by Stephi Wild - Sep 23, 2019

JULIET & ROMEO, LOST DOG's award-winning, witty, clever and slightly unnerving version of Shakespeare's teenage love story has been playing to capacity audiences all over the UK since its ten-night run at Battersea Arts Centre and five-night run at the Place in February 2018. This is a world in which Shakespeare's tragic teenagers survive, get married, have a child and are now in marriage guidance counsellinga??with the audience set in listening modea??

Rural Touring Dance Initiative Returns For Autumn 2019 Photo Rural Touring Dance Initiative Returns For Autumn 2019
by Stephi Wild - Sep 9, 2019

This autumn, the Rural Touring Dance Initiative (RTDI) brings a mixed programme of new and returning dance works to rural locations across the UK. Local promoters are invited to select the show that best fits these unique venues by picking a dance work from a bespoke 'menu'. For autumn 2019, the RTDI menu features a visceral duet exploring love and relationships, virtuoso multi-performer juggling and a moving portrayal of what it's like to be d/Deaf in a world made for those who can hear. The RTDI provides people living in remote areas with the opportunity to see innovative, fresh and fierce contemporary dance on their own doorstep. Along with giving people who might otherwise not see professional dance the opportunity to do so, the scheme gives audiences the chance to see highly skilled dancers perform in intimate and often unorthodox settings. The initiative is a partnership between the National Rural Touring Forum, The Place, China Plate and Take Art.

KNOT From Nikki & JD Wins Prestigious Herald Angel Award Photo KNOT From Nikki & JD Wins Prestigious Herald Angel Award
by Stephi Wild - Aug 25, 2019

Already awarded a Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Award for Circus, and shortlisted for the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, Nikki & JD have now also been presented with a Herald Angel Award for Knot. Attracting a huge amount of excitement at this year's Edinburgh Fringe, where it is part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019, Knot is an innovative debut show pushing the boundaries of circus and theatre to combine highly technical circus skills with touching personal stories.

KNOT Wins Total Theatre Award, Shortlisted For Carol Tambor Award Photo KNOT Wins Total Theatre Award, Shortlisted For Carol Tambor Award
by Julie Musbach - Aug 23, 2019

The highly acclaimed Knot, a debut show from circus artists Nikki & JD, has been named as the winner of the Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Award for Circus in addition to being shortlisted for the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award. Part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019, Knot is a finely crafted journey through the struggles of commitment, exploring the absurdity, mundanity and joy of a very modern affair.

Lost Dog and The Place Present JULIET & ROMEO Photo Lost Dog and The Place Present JULIET & ROMEO
by Julie Musbach - Jun 14, 2019

Juliet and Romeo have been married for 25 years; they still love each other, it's just that sometimes they wish the other one were dead. First performed to wide-spread critical acclaim, including a Critics' Circle Award nomination for Solene Weinachter in the titular role, Juliet & Romeo is from Lost Dog, who previously came to the Fringe with the multi-award winning and Total Theatre Award nominated Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me).

Rural Touring Dance Initiative 2019 Tours Fresh Productions Photo Rural Touring Dance Initiative 2019 Tours Fresh Productions
by Stephi Wild - Jan 28, 2019

As 2019 gets underway, the Rural Touring Dance Initiative (RTDI) will tour a fresh selection of shows created by dance companies whose work has been enjoyed on both national and international stages and can now be seen in to village halls and rural venues across the UK. Shows are offered in the form of 'menus' so local promoters are able to select the work that best suits their venue. This year's menu will bring an eclectic mix of dance adaptations of classic novels, fairytales and Shakespeare, Northern adventures and Windrush stories to an ever-growing audience who might not otherwise have the opportunity to see them. The initiative is a partnership between the National Rural Touring Forum, The Place, China Plate and Take Art.

Lost Dog's JULIET & ROMEO Announces 2019 Tour Dates Photo Lost Dog's JULIET & ROMEO Announces 2019 Tour Dates
by Stephi Wild - Jan 16, 2019

LOST DOG's 'searingly witty' (SeeingDance) 'Juliet & Romeo' toured the UK during 2017 to packed houses and critical acclaim. Broadly based on Shakespeare's deeply pessimistic teenage love story, this 'highly entertaining, extremely amusing and occasionally quite tender evening of theatre and dance' (Times) is performed by Lost Dog's Artistic Director Ben Duke and Solene Weinachter. This clever, funny production explores contemporary culture's celebration of youth and how it creates unrealistic expectations around love, sex and relationships.

World Class Programme In Store For TDP'18 Photo World Class Programme In Store For TDP'18
by Julie Musbach - Oct 5, 2018

​​​​​​​Now in its 9th year, Tipperary Dance Platform's International Festival has been positioning dance as a medium that is particularly suited to take a look into the turbulent matters of our time, including tradition, gender, identity, ageing, and continuity.

Tipperary Dance Platform Announces Programme Highlights Photo Tipperary Dance Platform Announces Programme Highlights
by Stephi Wild - Oct 1, 2018

Tipperary Dance Platform's ninth edition is curated around the theme of literature and one of the standout events will be a performance by Lost Dog from the UK of Paradise Lost (Lies unopened beside me) which was conceived and directed and will be performed by Lost Dog's co founder, Ben Duke. It will be performed at Excel Arts Centre on Friday, October 12th at 8pm. This is a re-telling of the story of the beginning of everything inspired by Milton's “Paradise Lost,” told through words, music, and dance. The work premiered in 2015 and has since toured extensively. It was nominated for a 2016 Sky Academy Arts Award, won the 2017 Rural Touring Award and Ben also won the National Dance Critics Award for Outstanding Male Performance. Lost Dog was formed in 2004 by Ben and Raquel Meseguer to create work using text, movement and music in which dance is framed by stories and characters and Ben Dukes appearance in Tipperary promises to be a highlight of what is an exciting and adventurous week.

Olivia Award Nominated LOST DOG Come To Liverpool As Part Of LEAP Dance Festival Photo Olivia Award Nominated LOST DOG Come To Liverpool As Part Of LEAP Dance Festival
by Stephi Wild - Sep 27, 2018

Lost Dog's new show Juliet and Romeo has swept across the UK with enormous success and is stopping off in Liverpool for one night only on Friday 9 November at the Capstone Theatre, as part of Leap Dance Festival 2018.

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