Introducing Ben Duke, Course Consultant at LSC
- Published: Wednesday, 26 October 2016 09:13
We are delighted to welcome Ben Duke to the London Studio Centre as Course Consultant for the Contemporary Dance Professional Option and INTOTO Dance Company, providing a critical partnership for Course and Artistic Director Sue Booker. We are looking forward to having the support and encouragement from such an exciting industry professional helping expand and nourish the creative knowledge and practice of our contemporary dance students.
Photographer: Alicia Clark
Ben is Artistic Director and co-founder of Dance Company. The Company describes itself as a company “formed with the aim of creating work that is both theatre and dance…to create work in which dance is framed by stories and characters”. Their mission statement follows; “We began with an idea and we continue to wrestle with it, to say what needs to be said and dance the rest”. Ben won the 2016 National Dance Award for Best Male Performer for his role in the production Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) and the work was nominated for a Total Theatre award and a Sky Arts South Bank Award alongside Northern Ballet and The Royal Ballet.
As well as his work for Lost Dog, Ben has directed and choreographed works for other companies, including LSC's INTOTO Dance. In April 2016 he created Kin with the circus company Barely Methodical Troupe which premiered at the Roundhouse. He has made work for Scottish Dance Theatre (The Life and Times of Girl A), Dance Umbrella (The Difference Engine), Phoenix Dance Theatre (Pave up Paradise) and for several third year and post-graduate performing companies including EDge, Verve and INTOTO Dance, who he has created 3 works for. In 2017 Ben will be creating a new work for Rambert Dance Company. As a performer he has worked with Probe, Hofesh Shechter Company, The Gate Theatre, The National Theatre of Scotland, Glyndebourne Opera and Punchdrunk. Ben is currently a Work Place artist in association with The Place.
“I am delighted to be the course consultant for INTOTO. I have created 3 pieces for the company and with each group I have been struck by their versatility and creative openness. I look forward to contributing to INTOTO in this role and in supporting Sue and her assistant Leesa in their brilliant direction of the company.” – Ben Duke