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Dog Ballet

Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari

A sound celebration of London’s dogs and their owners

Artists: Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari, with Amy Pitt. Photo by Matthew Kinani

This summer, artists Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari, with Amy Pitt and Lewis Gibson, will be talking to people in the parks of London about their dogs. 

Dog Ballet is a celebration of the community around the dogs and dog owners of London, and the joy and tenderness that can be found in these relationships of mutual care. 

After chatting to the people of London over the summer in some of the city’s many parks, the recorded conversations will be mixed with the profoundly beautiful music of composer Lewis Gibson to create a soundscape to watch dogs play by. 

Dog Ballet will launch with an in-person collective listening experience on Sunday 12 September. From Monday 13 to Thursday 30 September, Dog Ballet will be available as a sound work to enjoy in your own local park.

Put on your headphones, press play, and let the everyday act of dog walking be transformed into something poetic and playful.

Presented by LIFT and Artsadmin. Dog Ballet is supported by ACT (Art, Climate, Transition) through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari make wild, bold, visual performance for people who don’t really like theatre and unusual theatrical experiences for those who do. They create work both for, and with, children and adults – in traditional theatres and studios, outdoors and in found spaces. They have been commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Tate Britain, the ICA, Museum of London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, National Theatre Studio, The Science Museum, Cambridge Junction, New Wolsey Ipswich, Torquay Wavelength Festival, Shoreditch Town Hall, Unicorn Theatre and National Theatre Wales. They met as members of pioneering cult performance collective shunt, and together ran the radical arts club and bar ‘the shunt lounge’ under London Bridge station. They received the FringeReview Outstanding Theatre Award for ‘The One Man Show’ and won the Samuel Beckett Award with ‘The Body’ at the Barbican.

Date and time

12–30 September 2021
Sunday 12 September: Dog Ballet Listening Party
Monday 13 - Thursday 30 September: Dog Ballet Solo


Free. Booking details to follow.


Your local park