Lloyd Newson

Lloyd Newson has led DV8 Physical Theatre since its inception in 1986. His work has had a dynamic impact on contemporary dance and theatre.

His stage and film work with DV8 has consistently received major awards, most recently the prestigious Helpmann Award for Can We Talk About This?.

Born in Australia, Newson studied psychology and social work at Melbourne University. During that time he became interested in dance, a fascination that led to a full scholarship at London Contemporary Dance School. Before forming his own company, DV8 Physical Theatre in 1986, he danced and/or choreographed with many companies including Modern Dance Ensemble, Impulse Dance Theatre/New Zealand Ballet Company, One Extra Dance Theatre and Extemporary Dance Theatre. Straddling dance, text, theatre and film, Newson’s work refuses to be defined. Since 2007 he has specifically focused his attention on investigating the relationship between verbatim text and movement.

In January 2016, Newson announced he was taking time out from the company to reflect and think about the future. During this time, the production of new work will be put on hold. To read the full announcement, click here.

Newson’s work, be it for stage or film, has won more than 50 National and International awards. He has been cited by the Critics Circle as being one of the hundred most influential artists working in Britain during the last hundred years. In 2013 Newson was awarded an OBE from Her Majesty the Queen for services to contemporary dance. His work has had a dynamic impact on contemporary dance and theatre.

[Photograph: Robert Young]

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A selection of published interviews, starting with the most recent:

The Independent
Hugh Montgomery | 25th October 2014 | Interview and preview of JOHN

The Australian
Jean Hannah Edelstein | 23rd July 2011 | interview and preview of Can We Talk About This?

Dance Australia
Jondi Keane | June/July 2009 | reply to Nicholas Rowe's article 'Points of Difference'

Q&A with Lloyd Newson
2007 | To Be Straight With You press information

Ohne Angst mit dem Partner Händchenhalten
Brigitte Fürle |  2007 | To Be Straight With You programme, Berlin

The Sunday Telegraph
Louise Levene | 1st May 2005 | interview on film making and the making of Just for Show

The Irish Times
Michael Seaver | 20th April 2005 | interview in the lead up to Just For Show 

Event Guide, Ireland 
Trish Murphy | 6th - 19th April 2005 | interview in the lead up to Just For Show  

Lloyd Newson in Conversation with Jo Butterworth
1998, revised 2004 | revised text reproduced here

Article 19
Zoë Boden | 22nd July 2003 | interview published to coincide with the start of the 2003 tour of the cost of living

Dance Umbrella
Donald Hutera | Spring 2000 | issue 5 | Lloyd talks about dance and Wasted (can we afford this)

Dance Theatre Journal 
Libby Snape | vol.15 no.2 | 1999 | pp. 8-12 | Lloyd talks about the making of The Happiest Day of My Life

Dance Europe
Nicholas Rowe | Oct/Nov 1999 | pp. 13-17 | Lloyd talks about dance, audiences, critics and his own life

DV8 ... Ten Years on the Edge
Based on an interview with Mary Luckhurst (unpublished) | 1997 | Bound To Please programme

Lloyd Newson ... Dance About Something
Adapted from an interview that first appeared in Live (Methuen) | Original interview by David Tushingham | 1995 | Enter Achilles programme

Ballett International / Tanz Aktuell
Josephine Leask | 1995 | vol 8-9 pp.48-53 | an essay on Lloyd Newson's physical theatre 

Dance Now
Summer 1993 | pp 11-13 | Lloyd charts some of the many considerations that form a background to his work

The Independent
Louise Levene | 11th July | 1992

Dance Theatre Journal
Gary Carter | Autumn 1993 | vol.10 no.4 | a wide-ranging discussion of DV8's work, focusing on MSM

Sunday Times
Ellen Cranith | 26th July 1992

Dance and Dancers
Introduction by Nadine Meisner | Summer 1992 | Lloyd Newson talks about his new work

New Dance
Andy Solway | Autumn 1985