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Afternoon Delight: DV8 Physical Theater


by Jerome Weeks 7 Apr 2011

Locally, it’s a big week for contemporary visual art, so naturally we thought we’d do a little counter-programming and feature contemporary dance. In this case, one of the most unusual achievements of the British dance company, DV8 Physical Theater — featuring a legless dancer.

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Afternoon Delight is a daily diversion for when you’re just back from lunch, but not quite ready to get back to work. Check back tomorrow at 1 p.m. for another one.

It’s a big week for contemporary art, so we thought we’d do a little counter-programming and feature contemporary dance. DV8 Physical Theater is a renowned and radical British dance company, headed up by Lloyd Newson since its inception in 1986. This clip is from the company’s remarkable 2005 short film, The Cost of Living — about a town full of circus performers, clowns and dancers who prefer to communicate through physical movement more than words. The scene features one of the film’s main characters, played by the legless dancer David Toole, in a lovely duet. DV8, by the way, originally referred to “dance video 8,” meaning a video format of the time but obviously, the name is meant to be “deviate.”

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