intercultural dialogues in theatrical forms

Lunchtime,

23rd March 2020

Hello Friend,

How are you?

Who are you? Do we know each other? It's nice to have you here with us, as we discover this new territory together.

We have just had lunch after a morning of wide ranging conversation managing a flux of emotions, ideas, ways of seeing and possible ways of being. It was a lot for any morning. Lunch was leftovers. We need to be careful, with wallets and supermarket shelves equally empty.

At this stage we have far more questions than answers. Not unlike making a show for a live audience. Not knowing is part of our process. Still, this feels different, very different.

So, we wanted to take this opportunity to share this message of openness, solidarity and care. We want to share our inability to see what is around the corner, knowing together that it's OK not to be able to see, that we're together in this.

Or maybe you know exactly what is around the corner. Or maybe we're looking at different corners, from different windows, with different things around the corners all unknown to all of us.

However this pandemic is affecting you, we are here with you in it. And together we hope we can pull through it. Many people and things will be lost, and all of us will be affected. But there will be an after.

So much of our work is about creating conversation and dialogues, and so we are thinking what a useful creative connection is in these times of isolation. Thinking about who would like to be a part of a conversation with us

If you would like to reach out to us, please do. We are here to listen.

With bestest of wishes,

Alister and Kat x

We are Two Destination Language, and we're...

Alister taking photographs in a dilapidated meeting hall

curious

whether it's neighbours, someone down the road or someone on the other side of the world, there's lots to learn about ourselves from understanding others.

no two of us are alike, and exploring the differences reveals how we see ourselves - and uncovers what we have in common

innovative

our work draws on theatre, live art, dance, music and fine art to create dynamic, visually stimulating experiences

we believe this kind of interdisciplinary work is the future of live performance

a bearded man in a tshirt working on computer generated music at a wooden desk
Directors Alister and Kat smiling at a microphone

award winning

the quality of our work is recognised in lots of ways - by audiences, programmers and critics - but it means a lot to win peer-led recognition like Near Gone's Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form

artist-led

as a charity which supports artists to make great work, it makes sense that we're led by artists.

Alister and Kat are the directors of Two Destination Language, working with a great board of trustees

we're a small team with big ambitions

Alister Lownie and Katherina Radeva (photo by Alma Haser)
The sun sets over Porcari

international

we're based in Britain, and tour extensively here, but what we do is inspired by cultures in all the places we visit, make work and share shows with audiences

accessible

nothing is for absolutely everybody, but we believe good art connects to everyday life and that's how we approach making work

We also aim to provide additional support, such as BSL, for at least 50% of our touring performances - and try to reach audiences from diverse backgrounds and places

Young audience members at a FLINT event
The Butlers complete their homage to Richard Long at a FLINT event (photo by Alma Haser)

collaborative

the live theatre event is a collaborative experience, a place and time where people meet

we make our work with exceptional artists

we've presented the work of brilliant artists in our FLINT events

our projects working with people in their own places uncovers and celebrates their value in their community

a charity

helping great art get made and connecting it to audiences is what we do, close to home and in places we visit

we believe nobody does their best work when struggling

you can help support our work by donating

A lamp and wooden box in "conversation"

We send our newsletter a few times a year to keep people updated on where our work is going and what we're up to. We'd love to include you.

a wooden clothes rail laden with various colours and styles of clothing

More about us

Katherina Radeva and Alister Lownie share interests in a variety of contemporary performance practices, traversing art and theatre. They formally created Two Destination Language in the summer of 2011 after a year of working together. Associate Artists at ARC Stockton, they create work around the UK and on international residencies. Their projects vary from touring theatre pieces to site-specific experiences and installations, large community projects as well as curating and producing FLINT - a festival of contemporary performance for audiences who don’t normally get to experience that.

Design, 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, Two Destination Language.

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.

Based in the UK, their work has toured to the USA, Europe, Azerbaijan, Israel and the Ukraine.