B e n   D u k e

graduated from Newcastle University with a first class degree in English Literature before training at the Guildford School of Acting and the London Contemporary Dance School.

Ben is the co-founder of ‘Lost Dog’ who were awarded the Bonnie Bird new choreographers’ award in 2005. Their work has been performed by the Phoenix Dance Theatre, From here to Maturity, Edge ad Transitions Dance Company. Lost Dog’s ‘The Drowner’ was performed at the Place theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe where it was nominated for a Total Theatre award. In 2006 Lost Dog were invited to be choreographers in residence at the MADE in Umea Festival, Sweden, their work was shortlisted for the Oxford Samuel Beckett award and they were invited to perform at the Sadler’s Wells Gala evening.Their most recent work. ‘Hungry Ghosts’ was commissioned by the Place and performed in April 2007 as part of the Spring Loaded festival. ‘Hungry Ghosts’ was performed at the British Dance Edition 2008 and will be touring nationally in autumn 2008.Lost were described in Time Out as ‘a very bring new voice in dance theatre’. Their work exists between dance and theatre. “Words are used when they are needed and when the body can tell the story more effectively, it does.” (Total Theatre Magazine’s review of the Drowner)

Outside of Lost Dog Ben has worked with the Oily Cart children’s theatre company, and most recently he has collaborated with Carrie Cracknell, artistic director of the Gate Theatre, on the critically acclaimed production of ‘The Sexual Neuroses of our Parents’. In 2008 he will be working on Scottish Opera’s production of Falstaff.

As a performer Ben has worked with Maresa von Stockert’s Tilted Co., Punchdrunk (Faust. Original cast) and The Gate Theatre (I am Falling. Jan 08) www.lostdogdance.co.uk