DV8 Physical Theatre Performs To Be Straight With You at Royce Hall
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The last date listed for DV8 Physical Theatre: To Be Straight With You was Saturday November 7, 2009 / 8:00pm.
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The Indian guy stole the show, in my opinion. I mean, how could he be moving so much while delivering lines so naturally?
The choreography, overall, was great.
The show was episodic, jumping from one story to the next. It worked when the artists took liberty of the text, and did something creative with it. It didn't work when the text was presented or dramatized in a literal way. To this, I am reminded of something I learned in school, "Just because it really happened, doesn't mean it's interesting on stage". Even if it IS an interesting true story about the hardship of being gay, the artists should interpret and edit it in such a way that communicates to the audience (especially when dealing with text, because real interviews are just people talking, not necessarily great for stage material). DV8 succeeded most of the time, I think they should just cut the rest.
West Coast Premiere
The radical DV8 never shies away from the taboo. In its daring To Be Straight With You, artistic director Lloyd Newson leads a multi-ethnic cast in a poetic but unflinching exploration of tolerance, intolerance, religion and sexuality. Drawing on 85 interviews—with the pious and apostate, straight and gay, activist and mere passer-by—Newson merges dance with spoken word, recorded sound, video and animation. The result is a controversial piece that demands to know how modern society will reconcile faith and human rights.
DV8 Physical Theatre was formed in 1986 and has been led since its inception by Lloyd Newson. The company has produced 16 highly acclaimed dance pieces, which have toured internationally, and four award-winning films for television.