DV8 Physical Theatre's work is about taking risks, aesthetically and physically, about breaking down the barriers between dance and theatre and, above all, communicating ideas and feelings clearly and unpretentiously.
DV8 is motivated by artistic inspiration and creative need. These, rather than financial, organisational and touring demands, dictate the creation of new works. The company has fought successfully for funding to cover lengthy research and development periods in order to maintain rigorous artistic integrity and quality in each new project. The focus of the creative approach is on reinvesting dance with meaning, particularly where this has been lost through formalised techniques.
DV8's work inherently questions the traditional aesthetics and forms which pervade both modern and classical dance, and attempts to push beyond the values they reflect to enable discussion of wider and more complex issues. DV8 (Dance and Video 8)'s strong commitment to film and video continues. This reflects its ongoing interest in how two primarily visual media can enhance one another and reach a crossover audience from within both forms.
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.
Artistic Director Lloyd Newson interviewed more than 50 men, asking them frank questions about their lives. Their stories about love, sex and personal struggles converge in an unexpected way, providing an insight into a world unknown by most.
This new verbatim dance-theatre work follows on from DV8's last two productions: To Be Straight With You and Can We Talk About This?
Contains adult themes, strong language and nudity.
DV8 offer workshops, mock audition and masterclasses on request, and pre-show discussions on request.
"DV8… have always been well ahead of the game. Now, just at a point when others are catching up, Newson reinvents the rules"
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian