IF ONLY

Critical Opinions


"... challenging, exciting and astonishingly expressive ... a work whose daring is quite as much imaginative as physical, and demands to be seen."

The Financial Times

" "if only..." is an exhilerting mosaic of images ... it signals DV8's determination not to compromise the integrity of what they do allied to their instinct for making work ... their vehement discipline, their ability to put their own flesh into showing us our weaknesses and our hopes is quite beyond expectation."
The Glasgow Herald

"The obvious popular appeal of DV8 is its combination of physical daring, comedy movement and striking theatricality, but its deeper value lies in the way these elements are used to represent human feeling and experience."
The Daily Telegraph

"The potency of "if only..." lies in the coherence of a dramatic structure, without a written text, and in the creation of unique stage pictures."
The Independent

"In "if only..." Newson embraces humour, as well as gentleness and hope and his choreography displays a delight in the rhythmic ebb and flow of eloquent dance phrasing."
The Guardian

"... a series of quite dazzling images."
The Scotsman

"DV8 Physical Theatre is a beacon in the darkened landscape of British dance."
The Sunday Correspondent

"The most innovative dance company in the country, DV8 Physical Theatre create a physical theatre that is as shocking as it is daring."
Elle Magazine

"... a new and deepening sensibility is also brought into play ... the result is a marvel."
20/20

"... images that haunt the imagination as disturbingly as one's own dreams."
Evening Standard 

REVIEWS

The Times
Ghislaine Boddington | 11th July 1990

The Glasgow Herald
Mary Brennan | 17th July 1990

The Scotsman
Christopher Bowen | 19th July 1990

The Independent
James Mavor | 20th July 1990

Scotland on Sunday
Stephen Ferguson | 22nd July 1990

The Guardian
Kay Smith | 23rd July 1990

The Sunday Correspondent
Nadine Meisner | 29th July 1990

Dance Theatre Journal
Reviews | Late Summer 1990

Elle Magazine
Oonagh Duckworth | 1990

20/20
Allen Robertson | August 1990

What's On
Suzanne Scott | 1st August 1990

City Limits
Michael Bewick | 2nd August 1990

London Evening Standard
Edward Thorpe | 9th August 1990

The Times
John Percival | 9th August 1990

The Daily Telegraph
Kathrine Sorley Walker | 10th August 1990

The Financial Times
Clement Crisp | 10th August 1990

The Guardian
Sophie Constanti | 14th August 1990