- How can I find out more about DV8's work?
- What is Physical Theatre?
- Can I buy any of DV8's films on video/DVD?
- Can I watch/photograph rehearsals or workshops?
- How is DV8 Funded?
- What's the company's administrative structure?
- Does DV8 work with actors or dancers or both?
- Can I audition?
- Does the company run dance classes or workshops?
- Can I arrange a screening of a DV8 film?
- Is the music from the performances available?
We have put together a selection of interviews and reviews on this site with the specific aim of helping people understand more about Lloyd Newson’s work.
Note: most of the available material refers to the stage productions not the films.
DV8 Physical Theatre was set up and named in 1986 (before physical theatre was labeled for academic study). The name was chosen as a result of the dissatisfaction felt by Lloyd about what was happening in contemporary dance at the time.
The best place to view DV8's films is via the Media Portal on the website. You can buy a dvd featuring Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men, Strange Fish and Enter Achilles from Arthaus Musik. You can also find copies of the films at libraries in universities which specialise in performing arts.
Unfortunately, the company is not able to open its rehearsals or workshops to others.
The main reason for this has to do with the way the company works. To get the kind of input from the dancers that is needed to make the work, they need to be somewhere where they're not being observed. This allows the dancers time away from always being looked at.
The company historically received funding from the Arts Council England and sometimes received money from grant-making bodies for specific projects. When touring, DV8 also earned money from performance fees and co-production fees. The company also makes money (very minimally) from the sale of merchandise.
Historically, during production periods, the company's administrative structure consists of an Executive Producer, Senior Producer, Administrative Assistant and Finance Controller (this was true for the company's most recent production, JOHN). During touring periods, a Production Runner is also usually hired. The Executive Producer reports to the Board of Directors, and usually employs freelancers for specific tasks, such as press and publicity, marketing, and design.
The company generally works with trained dancers, although occasionally it has worked with actors, singers and circus performers.
As the company has put on hold the production of new work (see here to read the full statement) there are currently no performing opportunities to audition for. Please sign up to our mailing list for any future updates.
DV8 doesn't run regular open dance classes.
However, occasionally Lloyd will invite professional dancers to attend company class. Often the company does run workshops in conjunction with touring venues.
To arrange a screening of Enter Achilles, Strange Fish or Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men, please contact [email protected]
It's not available through DV8. In the same way that the copyright for each set remains with its designer, the soundtrack copyrights remain with the composers. DV8 does not have the right to distribute any of its soundtracks.