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DV8 Physical Theatre

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As DV8 Physical Theatre celebrates its 30th anniversary, artistic director Lloyd Newson has decided to take time out from the company to reflect and think about the future.

As of January 2016, DV8 have put on hold the production of new work. Read the full statement on the company website here.

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. Led by Lloyd Newson, DV8 was formed in 1986 by an independent collective of dancers who had become frustrated and disillusioned with the preoccupations and direction of most dance. It has now produced sixteen highly acclaimed dance pieces and which have toured internationally, and four award-winning films for television.

Since 1987, DV8 has commissioned set designers and living composers for its works, helping investigate the relationship between body, architecture and music. The focus of the creative approach is on reinvesting dance with meaning, particularly where this has been lost through formalised techniques. Thematically, DV8 insists on the importance of challenging our preconceptions of what dance can, and should, address.

You will never see anything like a work by Lloyd Newson…bold, involving and utterly unique. Hannes Langolf’s central performance is simply devastating in its impact and empathy… If you see it, you will never forget it.

Daily Telegraph (JOHN – 2014)

“A brilliant piece of theatre… it crosses the boundaries of dance, documentary drama and sound. It sits somewhere in its own space… a rare experience… extraordinary.”

Sydney Morning Herald (Can We Talk About This? – 2011)

“Every so often, a performance comes along that not only reconfigures the limits of the form, but also redefines and rearticulates how we see the world… Without a doubt, it is one of the most important works of our age. Go.”

Time Out Sydney (Can We Talk About This? – 2011)

“DV8…have always been well ahead of the game.  Now, just at a point when others are catching up, Newson reinvents the rules… you will not be able to resist this brave, life-affirming show.”

The Guardian (To Be Straight With You – 2008)

“Profoundly political and personally devastating…DV8’s defiant grammar of dance and physical movement provides a liberating language of corporeal joy.”

Irish Times (To Be Straight With You – 2008)

Date Title Venue City
9–19 December 2015 JOHN Festival d'Automne Paris
2–4 December 2015 JOHN Le Grand T Nantes
22–24 October 2015 JOHN West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds
15–17 October 2015 JOHN Teatros del Canal Madrid
12–13 March 2015 JOHN The Grand Blackpool
26–27 February 2015 JOHN The Lowry Salford
19–21 February 2015 JOHN Mercat De Les Flors Barcelona
13–14 February 2015 JOHN Equilibrio Festival Rome
4–6 February 2015 JOHN Warwick Arts Centre
28–29 January 2015 JOHN Brighton Dome Brighton
30 October 2014 JOHN National Theatre London
23–24 October 2014 JOHN Playhouse Liverpool
12–15 October 2014 JOHN Onassis Cultural Centre Athens
1–3 October 2014 JOHN Trafo Budapest
10–12 September 2014 JOHN Biennale de la Danse de Lyon Lyon
5–9 August 2014 JOHN ImPulsTanz, Vienna International Dance Festival Vienna
30 January 2014 Lloyd Newson | The Cost of Living Toynbee Studios
31 May – 3 June 2012 Can We Talk About This? Teatro Canal Madrid
24–26 May 2012 Can We Talk About This? Corn Exchange Brighton
18–19 May 2012 Can We Talk About This? The Lowry Salford
11–13 May 2012 Can We Talk About This? Dansens hus Oslo
3–5 May 2012 Can We Talk About This? Mercat de los Flors Barcelona
6–8 April 2012 Can We Talk About This? LG Arts Centre Seoul
9–28 March 2012 Can We Talk About This? National Theatre London
2 March 2012 Can We Talk About This? Španski borci Ljubljana
22–24 February 2012 Can We Talk About This? Trafo Budapest
8–11 December 2011 Can We Talk About This? Onassis Cultural Center Athens
1–2 December 2011 Can We Talk About This? Schauspielhaus, Cologne
9–11 November 2011 Can We Talk About This? Warwick Arts Centre Coventry
3–5 November 2011 Can We Talk About This? West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds
8 November 2010 Can We Talk About This? National Theatre London
2–5 December 2009 To Be Straight With You Harbourfront Centre Toronto
26–27 November 2009 To Be Straight With You National Arts Centre Ottawa
18–20 November 2009 To Be Straight With You Lobero Theater, UCSB Santa Barbara
12–14 November 2009 To Be Straight With You Yerba Buena Arts Centre San Francisco
6–7 November 2009 To Be Straight With You Royce Hall, UCLA Los Angeles
21–23 October 2009 To Be Straight With You Grand Opera House Belfast
15–16 October 2009 To Be Straight With You Schauspielhaus Cologne
7–8 October 2009 To Be Straight With You Hall For Cornwall Truro
30 September – 3 October 2009 To Be Straight With You O'Reilly Theatre Dublin
20–22 November 2008 To Be Straight With You Dansenhus Stockholm
30 October – 9 November 2008 To Be Straight With You National Theatre London
22–25 October 2008 To Be Straight With You MAC Creteil Paris
9–10 October 2008 To Be Straight With You Carolina Performing Arts University of North Carolina, NC
9–10 October 2008 To Be Straight With You Carolina Performing Arts North Carolina
2–4 October 2008 To Be Straight With You Peak Performances Montclair University, NJ
26–27 September 2008 To Be Straight With You Hopkins Center Dartmouth College, NH
27–28 June 2008 To Be Straight With You The Lowry Salford
20–22 June 2008 Theaterhaus Gessnerallee Zurich
4–7 June 2008 West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds
21–24 May 2008 To Be Straight With You Warwick Arts Centre Coventry
8–10 May 2008 To Be Straight With You Northern Stage Newcastle
30 April – 3 May 2008 To Be Straight with You Oxford Playhouse Oxford
24–25 April 2008 To Be Straight with You Sherman Theatre Cardiff
11–12 April 2008 To Be Straight with You Nottingham Playhouse Nottingham
13–16 March 2008 To Be Straight with You Dunstan Playhouse Adelaide
6–8 December 2007 To Be Straight with You Haus der Berliner Festspiele Berlin
19–22 April 2007 The Cost Of Living Helsinki
11 April – 7 May 2007 The Cost Of Living TBC Paris
25 April 2006 The Cost of Living Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas Buenos Aires
Can We Talk About This? by DV8 Physical Theatre

www.dv8.co.uk

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