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Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s short story Lappin and Lapinova.
On a night in a city a man and a woman meet and have sex and fall deeply in love. Each night the lovers slip away from their real lives and disappear into a world that exists only in their shared imagination. A world that belongs to them, in which tax returns and shopping lists and commuting do not exist. A world in which they are not their normal selves, but King of the Rabbits and Queen of the Hares. But what begins as a game soon becomes a battleground, and the couple hurtle towards a tragedy of the quietest, saddest and most ordinary type.
“ ***** Stunningly staged…and beautifully lit, Like Rabbits is taught, compact and moving.” Latest 7
“a sad and absorbing demonstration of how that dizzy, us-against-the-world feeling inevitably diminishes over time” The Independent
FREE pre/post show activities
Fri 10 Oct, 6.30pm: pre show talk with Anna Snaith (Professor of Twentieth-Century Literature at Kings College London), Lindsay Martin (Executive Council member of the Virginia Woolf Society) and playwright Lucy Kirkwood. They will discuss the context of Lappin and Lapinova and the significance of animals in Virginia Woolf’s life and work.
If you would like to know more about the Virginia Woolf Society, please see the website at www.virginiawoolfsociety.co.uk
Lost Dog was formed in 2004 by Ben Duke and Raquel Meseguer. The company's first duet, Pave up Paradise, won first prize at the Burgos International Choreography competition, second prize at the prestigious Hanover choreography competition, and was bought and toured by Phoenix Dance Theatre. Their second piece, The Drowner, was nominated for a Total Theatre award and won critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The company received a Bonnie Bird UK New Choreographers' Award in November 2005.
Since then Lost Dog has created five full length works and several shorter works. Lost Dog's It Needs Horses, won the Place Prize for Dance 2011, sponsored by Bloomberg.
Ben Duke is a Work Place artist.
Commissioned by Brighton Festival and The Place, and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Additionally supported by South East Dance and CCN de Caen / Basse-Normandie, Direction Héla Fattoumi - Eric Lamoureux, under the programme “Accueil-Studio” / French Ministry of Culture and Communication through DanSCe Dialogues 2 funded by Interreg IVA and co-financed by ERDF. Originally commissioned by the Almeida Festival. Ben Duke is a Work Place Artist, Associate Artist at South East Dance and recipient of the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award 2011
Duration: 75 mins
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Autumn 2014