2020

BEN DUKE // UNITED KINGDOM

/LOST DOG/

PHOTO: ZOE MANDERS

BEN’S WORKSHOP WILL LOOK AT THE IDEA OF PHYSICAL STORYTELLING AND HOW MOVEMENT CAN BE A PART OF OUR MULTI LAYERED CONVERSATION WITH AN AUDIENCE. THE WORKSHOP WILL INVOLVE IMPROVISATIONAL TASKS BOTH PHYSICAL AND VOCAL AND WILL BE EXPLORING WHAT IT IS THAT MOVEMENT CAN ‘SAY’. BEN’S WORK IS INTERESTED IN HOW WE FIND THE CRACKS IN OUR EVERYDAY MODES OF COMMUNICATION, AND HOW AT THOSE POINTS WHERE LANGUAGE CRACKS 

THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE NON LITERAL AND HEIGHTENED LANGUAGE OF THE BODY. THIS SERIES OF WORKSHOPS WILL LOOK AT HOW WE CAN IDENTIFY WHEN THOSE MOMENTS ARE AND HOW WE CAN USE THEM. IT WILL BE A CHANCE FOR PARTICIPANTS TO PLAY WITH AND TRY OUT A WAY OF BRINGING ALL OF THEMSELVES ONTO THE STAGE - THEIR VOICE, THEIR STORIES, AND THEIR BODY.

BEN IS A CHOREOGRAPHER, PERFORMER AND THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 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. FOR LOST DOG BEN HAS CREATED 10 SHOWS INCLUDING THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED JULIET AND ROMEO IN 2018 AND PARADISE LOST (LIES UNOPENED BESIDE ME) IN 2015. BOTH SHOWS HAVE TOURED EXTENSIVELY IN THE UK AND IN EUROPE. IN 2011 LOST DOG WON THE PLACE PRIZE FOR DANCE SPONSORED BY BLOOMBERG WITH THEIR DUET IT NEEDS HORSES. AS A FREELANCE CHOREOGRAPHER BEN CREATED THE OLIVIER AWARD NOMINATED GOATFOR RAMBERT DANCE COMPANY AS WELL AS WORKS FOR SCOTTISH DANCE THEATRE (THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GIRL A), DANCE UMBRELLA (THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE), PHOENIX DANCE THEATRE (PAVE UP PARADISE), AND THE CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS COMPANY BARELY METHODICAL TROUPE (KIN).AS A PERFORMER HE HAS WORKED WITH PUNCHDRUNK (FAUST), THE GATE THEATRE (I AM FALLING), THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND (DOLLS),AND TOURED AS A GUEST ARTIST WITH THE HOFESH SHECHTER COMPANY (POLITICAL MOTHER). BEN IS A WORK PLACE ARTIST.

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