- 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.
Yes. Four of DV8's films [Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men, Strange Fish, Enter Achilles and The Cost of Living] have been released in the UK. They are available via amazon, HMV and Fopp. Equally you can find them 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 currently receives money annually from the Arts Council England and sometimes receives money from grant-making bodies for specific projects. When touring, DV8 also earns 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 The Cost Of Living, please contact us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.