About Us

Two Destination Language is a CIO, registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales (no.1165934) and the OSCR in Scotland (no. SC0457502)..  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 artists Alister Lownie and Katherina Radeva.

Visually stunning, their work deals with identity, cultural boundaries and belonging. Alister’s Scottish heritage and Katherina’s Bulgarian background led to this interest in how cultures interact, develop and are defined.

Often working from biographical starting points, they create emotionally and intellectually stimulating experiences relevant to contemporary society.

Theatre changes people. It makes us think, talk, reconsider. The company’s work has liveness at its core, and includes installations, intimate performances, community engagement projects as well as performances for stages.

The company tours extensively in the UK and internationally, reaching over 11,000 people in the last year.

Contact

Katherina Radeva +44/0 7790 402521
Alister Lownie +44/0 7786 911954
producing@twodestinationlanguage.com
find @2destlang on twitter and facebook

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

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.