Juliet & Romeo opened in London earlier this year, broadly based on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and performed by Ben Duke and Solène Winachter. Ben says that the intent of the piece is to allow people to consider the nature of their own relationships. It has been well received:
“(Ben)Duke’s writing is fast, inventive and smart; the interleaving of movement, text and music is expertly paced. The chemistry between Duke and Weinachter is a joy..” (Guardian)
“Expertly crafted dance-theatre that destabilizes the star-crossed narrative with devastating realism and dark humour.” (The Stage)
Lost Dog are touring to theatres and non-theatre venues (which have been booked via Rural Touring Dance Initiative).
Ben also had this to say:
“Juliet and Romeo have been together about 25 years and they are in something of a marital crisis. They love each other but sometimes they wish the other one were dead…the bloom of teenage romance has definitely faded but it still haunts them.
Romeo is in the middle of a mid-life crisis; he is trying to let go of the passionate teenager he was and become a man. But he doesn’t have any clear idea what that man should look like so he is in limbo. Juliet is very attached to the extraordinary teenager she was and is finding the ordinariness of her current life a struggle.”
“Ben Duke is a true original….. a conduit for raw emotions that can shift from the incendiary to the heart-breaking in the shuffle of a footstep. He is also blessed with instinctive comic timing…” The Stage 2017
Born in France, Solène Weinachter trained in the regional conservatoire of Lyon and then pursued her training at London Contemporary Dance School where she obtained a BA(Hons) and an MA in contemporary dance and performance. Solène has worked with a wide range of dance and physical theatre companies in Europe.
The work is funded by Arts Council England
Ben Duke is a Work Place Artist.
Photographs by Jane Hobson
‘JULIET & ROMEO’ by LOST DOG – tour dates 2018:
September 27th Bournemouth Pavilion Dance South West www.pdsw.org.uk
October 2nd Salford, The Lowry Quays Theatre www.thelowry.com
October 4th Derby Deda www.deda.uk.com
October 7th Canterbury Gulbenkian www.thegulbenkian.co.uk
October 18th Bedale North Yorkshire, Newton-le-Willows Village Hall
October 19th Cockermouth, Brigham Memorial Hall
October 20th Morpeth, Amble Parish Hall
October 25th Bath Spa University, Bath Spa Live www.bathspalive.com
October 26th Barnstaple, Parracombe Village Hall
October 27th Falmouth, Tolmen Centre, Constantine
November 1st, 2nd Oxford, The North Wall Arts Centre www.thenorthwall.com
November 3rd Taunton, Somerset, Williams Hall
November 4th Marlborough, Wiltshire, Collingbourne Ducis Village Hall
November 7th, 8th Warwick Arts Centre www.warwickartscentre.co.uk
November 9th LEAP 2018 at Capstone Theatre, Liverpool University www.thecapstonetheatre.com
November 14th Leeds, Riley Theatre (Northern School of Contemporary Dance)
November 16th Lincolnshire, Terry O’Toole Theatre, North Hykeham
November 17th Matlock, Derbyshire, Crich Glebe Field Centre
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