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Ben Duke and Solene Weinachter in Juliet and Romeo - A Guide to Long Life and Happy Marriage.© Jane Hobson. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog – Juliet and Romeo: A Guide to Long Life & Happy Marriage – London

★★★✰✰   Ben Duke’s speciality, in the works he devises for Lost Dog, the company he founded in 2004 with Raquel Meseguer, is conflating high art with low life – epic literature with everyday banalities.

Benjamin Ella and Isabella Gasparini in Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2017 – London

Head and shoulders above other new work this year was Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern for the Royal Ballet…

Liam Francis and Hannah Rudd in Ben Duke's Goat.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert – A Linh Curva, Symbiosis, Goat – London

★★★★✰   There is a cocksure, swaggering confidence about this company and these dancers, in this programme.

Rambert in Ben Duke's Goat.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Rambert in Ben Duke’s Goat

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Tamara Rojo in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Memorable Performances of 2016 – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories from the past year…

Publicity picture for Ben Duke in Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me).© Zoe Manders. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog / Ben Duke – Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) – London

★★★★✰   The work is proof that inventiveness is more important than a huge budget.

Zizi Strallen winner of the Outstanding Female Modern Performance award - for her dancing as Lana in Matthew Bourne's The Car Man for New Adventures. © Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – UK National Dance Awards 2015

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

2014 National Dance Awards - The winners: Wayne McGregor, Caroline Miller, Kevin O'Hare, Rosie Kay, Tamara McLorg, Vadim Muntagirov, Matthew Bourne, Arlene Philips, Zizi Strallen, Laura Morera, Matthew Ball, William Bracewell, Ben Duke, Graham Watts.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

2015 National Dance Awards – Winners Announced

2015 National Dance Awards – The Nominations Gallery of awards pictures Press release 25 January 2016 The 16th National Dance Awards The Place, London: 25th January 2016 The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards…

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2015 National Dance Awards – Announcement of Nominations

The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle is pleased to announce the nominations for the 16th National Dance Awards,

Ben Duke in Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me).© Zoe Manders. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog / Ben Duke – Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) – London

Paradise describes both the Garden of Eden and Heaven. It can also mean a park in which animals are kept or a state of supreme bliss.

Ben Duke in Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me).© Zoe Manders. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog/Ben Duke – Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) – London

Ben Duke opens his one-man show disarmingly by losing his place in his copy of Milton’s Paradise Lost…

Ben Duke and Neus Gil Cortes in the studio.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Ben Duke: Research and Development in the Studio

A view into the start of how dance is created – or at least how some Ben Duke dance works are started…

Cia Sònia Sánchez's El Pliegue.© Juan Cortes. (Click image for larger version)

Currency 2014 Festival – Cia Sònia Sánchez & Dányi, Molnár & Vadas – London

The Place’s adventurous four-day Currency Festival aims for the quirky in its mix of dance and circus acts from across Europe…

Lost Dog's Like Rabbits, here with Ino Riga.© Benedict Johnson. (Click image for larger version)

Lost Dog – Like Rabbits – London

…Like Rabbits is a clever work that burrows under your skin…

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Place Prize for Dance 2012/13 – Finalists Announced

And the four Finalists are: h2dance (Hannah Gillgren and Heidi Rustgaard), Riccardo Buscarini, Rick Nodine, Eva Recacha. Congrats to all, more details in the press release.

The Place Prize logo. © The Place

The Place Prize 2012/13 – Dance Commissions Announced

The 16 entrants competing for The Place Prize for dance, sponsored by Bloomberg, have been awarded a total commission fund of £100,000.

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