Physical / Dance Theatre Tel: +44 020 76 55 09 77 dv8.co.uk/

DV8 Physical Theatre’s work is about taking risks, aesthetically and physically, about breaking down the barriers between dance, theatre and personal politics and, above all, communicating ideas and feelings clearly and unpretentiously. It is determined to be radical yet accessible, and to take its work to as wide an audience as possible.

The company’s reputation relies on pushing its own boundaries and on the constant re-examination of the roles and relationships of men and women in our society. Its policy insists on the importance of challenging our preconceptions of what dance can, and should, address.

Production Highlights

JOHN, 2014-2015
JOHN is a new verbatim dance-theatre work by Lloyd Newson, Artistic Director of DV8 Physical Theatre. Newson interviewed more than 50 men asking them frank questions about love and sex. One of those men was John.
What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive led John on a search where his life converges with others in an unexpected place, unknown by most.

Can We Talk About This, 2011-2012
Lloyd Newson’s Can We Talk About This? dealt with freedom of speech, censorship and Islam.
From the 1989 book burnings of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, to the murder of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh and the controversy of the ‘Muhammad cartoons’ in 2005, DV8’s production examined how these events have reflected and influenced multicultural policies, press freedom and artistic censorship.

To Be Straight With You, 2008-2009
World première on the 6th December 2007 at Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, Germany.
UK première on the 11th April 2008 at Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham.

Just for Show (2005)
“To be able to live, one needs illusions” Otto Rank
Just for Show, is a show about showing and showing off in a world where looking good has become more essential than being good; where faking it has become synonymous with making it, where beautiful lies hide grubby truths.

The Cost of Living (Film – 2004)
Stuck in a shabby seaside town, street performers Eddie and David work, argue, fail at romance and fall out with friends as the summer season fades.
DV8’s latest film has won eleven international awards, including a Prix Italia and a Rose d’Or. It continues to be screened by various festivals worldwide throughout 2006, including the Reeldance tour in Australia, Dance Shorts in Brighton, and Dancing the World in Newcastle.

Review extracts

Just for Show
“Dazzling from the first scene to the last.” Le Figaro, Paris

The Cost of Living (film)
“Extraordinary…each character is vividly portrayed…demands to be seen.” New York Times

Can we afford this / the cost of living
“shattering, hilarious, deeply affecting.” The Sydney Morning Herald

Bound to Please
“An effective, disturbing piece of theatre… it has a grisly, mesmerising appeal that both shocks and prevents one looking away.” Sunday Telegraph

“The Happiest Day of My Life is a shimmering commitment to .. and spectacular refinement of his (Newson’s) technique of archaeological investigation laced with psycho-therapeutic observation.” The Evening Standard

Permanent staff
Artistic Director: Lloyd Newson
Executive Producer: Eva Pepper
Senior Producer: Louise Eltringham

DV8 Physical Theatre
Artsadmin, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6AB
Tel: +44 020 76 55 09 77
Fax: +44 (0)20 7247 5103
Email: dv8@artsadmin.co.uk

Picture: The cost of living
Photograph: Alastair Muir

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