DV8 Physical Theatre
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DV8 was created in 1986 by a collective of dancers who had become frustrated and disillusioned with the preoccupations and direction of  dance. DV8’s work reflects Artistic Director Lloyd Newson’s personal interests in social, psychological and political issues. He has largely rejected the abstraction that permeates most contemporary dance in preference for conceptual and/or narratively driven work.
Newson invited Nigel Charnock to work with him on My Sex; Our Dance (1986). That year DV8 Physical Theatre was officially formed. In 1987 Wendy Houstoun came to a DV8 workshop and began performing with the company shortly thereafter. Both Nigel and Wendy were principal performers with the company until 1992 when they left to pursue their own choreographic/directing voices. 
 
As Newson’s work is content-based, he casts according to subject matter and performers’ suitability for each new project. Consequently DV8 has no permanent company of performers but are associate artists at Artsadmin, London. From the beginning, Newson believed that due to its narrative underpinnings, his work would translate well onto film. Filmmakers David Hinton and Clara von Gool adapted three of DV8’s stage works for film: Strange Fish (1992), Enter Achilles (1995) and Cost of Living (2004). 
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. The work often incorporates dance, text and film, the last two works To Be Straight With You (2007) and Can We Talk About This? (2011) were both created with the use of verbatim theatre. 


World Premiere DV8 Physical Theatre – Can We Talk About This?