About Us

Two Destination Language is a CIO, registered with the Charity Commission.  The organisation is governed by its trustees, supported by an advisory board of people with extensive experience of the arts.


Two Destination Language is led by Katherina Radeva and Alister Lownie, who share interests in contemporary theatre and performance practices, traversing art and theatre.

In December 2011 they were appointed Resident Company at Salisbury Arts Centre, where they are still based.  Their projects vary from theatre pieces and works for one audience member at a time to site-specific experiences and installations.

Live art, movement and drama have their place in both artists’ histories. A belief that live work should have its audience at its core, and that artists should strive to create stimulating experiences for their audiences, is the foundation of their collaborative practice.

Community, identity and memory are the ideas which percolate all Two Destination Language work: an interest in boundaries and otherness, belonging and personal history. For the artists, community is a corollary of performative work, and it is a pleasure to share in its exploration. Interculturalism is also important to both artists; Alister’s Scottish heritage and Katherina’s Bulgarian background give them an interest in how cultures interact and develop.

Awards:

2014
  • Winner: Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing With Form (Near Gone)
  • Winner: Darkchat Award for Best Entertainment/Musical (Near Gone)
  • Winner: DarkChat Award for Best Actress in a Play (Katherina, Near Gone)
  • Shortlisted: DarkChat Awards for Best Director, Best Song, Best Performance in Entertainment/Musical/Dance (Alister), Best Moment (twice, for ‘Dance Ginger Dance’ and ‘Carnations’) and Best Show — all Near Gone
2013
  • Winner: Pulse Suitcase Prize (Near Gone)
  • Shortlisted: Judges’ Prize, Clonmel Junction

Works to date include:

Burning Black (2010) a piece about the affirming and destroying qualities about fire was developed as artists-in-residence at South Hill Park (Bracknell), and subsequently shown at greenroom (Manchester) and the University of Winchester.

Fallen Fruit- now here, now gone (2011), a theatre piece based on the 20th year anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin wall, questions perceptions of freedom viewed through the eyes of a little girl growing up on the cusp of communism and capitalism. It has toured nationally in 2012 to ICIA University of Bath, Salisbury Arts Centre, Colchester Arts Centre, Z Arts (Manchester), The Capstone (Liverpool) and The Point, Eastleigh. Research and development of the work was supported by Arts Council England; the tour has been funded by its bookings only.

A Journey of a Home (2011) is a one-to-one audio performance walk which considers the effect of borders and travel on identity. It was commissioned by Up the Wall (Chester), and has since been performed at ICIA University of Bath, Clonmel Junction Festival (Ireland), Corsham Summer Festival, Bath Fringe, Caravan (Brighton), Eastleigh Unwrapped (Eastleigh),  World Stage Design 2013 (Cardiff) and Site1 Festival in Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Aberystwyth). The trip to Clonmel Junction Festival in Ireland was supported by Caravan, Farnham Maltings and Creative Ecology Wiltshire. This work is available to tour.

WLTM (2012), a theatre piece about relationships and meetings both everyday and exceptional, was commissioned by Salisbury Arts Centre and opened there in October 2012. The work places the audience on stage with the performers and invites their participation throughout the piece, which opens discussion about our hopes and fears for relationships past and present. This open sharing continues after the show in informal discussions with and between audience members.

FLINT (2012- 2013), is microfestival of contemporay dance, theatre and performance curated and produced by Two Destination Language. Venue oartners for the project include Salisbury Srts Centre, The Pound, Corsham, Winchester Discovery Centre, The Point, Eastleigh, Ashley Wood Festival and Farm and University of Winchester.  FLINT has been funded by Arts Council England, Wiltshire Council, Creative Ecology Wiltshire, University of Winchester and the participating venues. To book a FLINT microfest, please contact Kat or Alister.

Storyville (2013) is an interactive performative socially engaged installation. For two weeks we took all of the contents of our living room and we transported them into an empty shop in Chester city centre. We opened the doors to everyone who wanted to visit us and we talked to passers-by, audiences and participants about how we value possessions and the kind of personal and sentimental stories they hold. A bit like an archive, a bit like a community, Storyville engaged with nearly 600 people who stayed with us in our living room installation from as little as ten minutes up to four hours. Storyville was incredibly successful in engaging wide audiences and we are looking to expand its life to work with other cities across the UK. Storyville is available to tour.

Near Gone (2013) is a theatre piece about human survival and love. Delivered in English and Bulgarian it tells a simple story with impressive energy. Near Gone won the Pulse Fringe Suitcase Prize in May 2013 and premiered in Colchester Arts Centre in October 2013. Since then it has toured to venues around the UK and visited Ireland and New York. It won the Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form in Edinburgh (2014).

Dusty Feet (2014) is an exhibition curated and conceived by Two Destination Language with large participation programme running prior and during the exhibition. Dusty Feet is a Creative Library commission by Wiltshire Council at Salisbury Library and The Young Gallery. The exhibition explores meanings and signs, communication and knowledge.

Landed (2015) is for outdoor events, and offers audiences an intimate experience in which an untrained performer shares their memories of love — stories that ended well, badly or still continue. The piece can be re-made for a particular event with local community members, or work with previous participants.

Manpower (2016)  explores masculinity, maleness, gender and power. It’s a very playful examination of being a man, and what expectations and ambitions that creates, performed by a woman and a man, with live vinyl DJing and a DIY building project. It’s also a response to Brexit.

To get in touch, email either Alister or Kat [at] twodestinationlanguage.com.

Alister Lownie

Originally trained in text-based theatre at RADA and King’s College London (supported by a British Academy scholarship), Alister was co-Artistic Director of Workhorse Productions, a London-based small-scale theatre company. He produced and directed work ranging from new writing (“Find of the Fringe” – Charles Spencer, Telegraph) to devised collaborations with Portuguese and Greek artists, supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Visiting Arts. With a growing focus on performance itself, rather than plays, Alister established {digame} to draw experimentally on a wider range of performance genres, allowing subjects to determine the form and content of each piece as it develops into a stimulating audience experience; its work on pleasure was supported by Arts Council England. As well as running workshops for fellow professionals, since 2008 Alister has been a visiting lecturer on contemporary performance, devising and performance theory for a variety of programmes at the University of Winchester, where he is a member of the Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing.

Katherina Radeva

Formally trained in Fine Art in her native Bulgaria, followed by a Foundation Course in Art and Design from the City of Bath College – a full scolarship funded by the British Council – Katherina later completed a First Class Honors Degree in Set and Costume Design from Wimbledon School of Art, London. Her own website shows the full range of her work.

Katherina has been making performance works since 2004. Most recently her solo piece Fallen Fruit- now here, now gone funded by the Arts Council England through the Escalator Programme is touring nationally in 2012. Native Birds (2009) was developed at the Watermill Centre for Performance, New York (as an awarded residency) and performed at Artsadmin, The Albany and the Arts 4 Human Rights Festival (all London), Pilot (Birmingham), The Showroom (Chichester), The Basement (Brighton) and Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff). In 2009 she was awarded a Rules and Regs professional development residency at South Hill Park, Bracknell where she devised Kitty has no Pity – The Art of not giving up a performance and a video work and will be re-staged and performed and exhibited in 2012. Earlier work includes Part and Parcel (2008) about lost rituals and traditions – Artsadmin (London); Water into Wine (2007) about folklore’s extinction – National Review of Live Art, Glasgow; Settling Dirt (2006) – East End Collaborations, Insomnia Bargehouse, London and Expo, Nottingham.

Katherina teaches and leads workshops in choreography, devising performance techniques, set and costume design, printing, painting and sculpting to a range of participants from primary school pupils to peer group artists. She was a 2006 Artsadmin Bursary Recipient.

Two Destination Language winning the Pulse Fringe Suitcase Prize in May 2013
Alister and Katherina winning the Pulse Fringe Suitcase Prize in May 2013