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Dead dreams of monochrome men

Dead dreams of monochrome men

Dead dreams of monochrome men

"If it sounds shocking, it is" wrote the British Guardian newspaper of "Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men". In the bluish-grey light of a closed room, a semi-naked man is manoeuvred into a bathtub, a second dangles head first from the ceiling, a third lies strangely doubled-up on the floor. A fourth man has the others on his conscience. This not only sounds shocking : what Lloyd Newson's work seeks to portray in term of violent excess in the world of homosexuality really is shocking.
At the heart of the production is the serial killer Dennis Nilson, who in late 1970s London murdered a string of young male victims.

Dead dreams of monochrome men was creatd for the stage in 1988 and translated into a film version the following year.

This duet is performed by Russell Maliphant and Lloyd Newson.

Source: Arthaus Musik booklet


Newson, Lloyd

Lloyd Newson's work since 1986 as the Director of DV8 Physical Theatre has had a dynamic impact on contemporary dance and theatre.

His stage and film work with DV8 has consistently received major awards. His recent film, "The Cost of Living", won a Prix Italia and a Rose D'or.

Born in Australia, Newson's interest in dance arose while studying psychology and social work at Melbourne University, a fascination that led to a full scholarship at London Contemporary Dance School.

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 — before forming his own company.

From the beginning Newson believed that his work, because of its narrative underpinnings, would translate well onto film. Consequently filmmakers David Hinton and Clara von Gool translated three of DV8's stage works into film with Newson directing DV8's last film, "The Cost of Living" (2004/05), himself. This work has subsequently won 17 international awards.

Straddling dance, text, theatre and film, Newson work's refuses to be defined. He is interested in conceiving original work rather than performing existing plays or reinterpreting classical ballets. More recently he has started exploring verbatim theatre, looking at the relationship between text (drawn from interviews) and movement. Whilst this is not his first foray into verbatim theatre ("MSM" 1993), his most recent two works, "To Be Straight With You" (2008/2009) and "Can We Talk About This" (2011/2012) are more text-based than any other work he has created.

Source: DV8 Physical Theatre 's website

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Hinton, David

David Hinton is a director and producer, known for The South Bank Show (1978), Nora (2008) and Strange Fish (1993).

DV8 Physical Theatre

Artistic direction: Lloyd Newson

Creation: 1986

Since DV8 Physical Theatre’s inception in 1986 Lloyd Newson has led the company, directing and conceiving all its productions (apart from My Sex Our Dance, which was co-devised with Nigel Charnock). DV8’s work reflects Newson’s personal interests in social, psychological and political issues. He has largely rejected the abstraction that permeates most contemporary dance in preference for conceptual and/or narratively driven work.

In 1985 Newson left Extemporary Dance Theatre to pursue his own choreographic interests more fully and approached dancer, Michelle Richecoeur, to work on Bein’ Apart; « Lonely Art », a commission from Dance Umbrella (UK). The following year Newson invited Nigel Charnock to work with him on « My Sex »; « Our Dance » (1986). That year DV8 Physical Theatre was officially formed. In 1987 Wendy Houstoun came to a DV8 workshop and began performing with the company shortly thereafter. Both Nigel and Wendy were principal performers with the company until 1992 when they left to pursue their own choreographic/directing voices. Since then, Wendy Houstoun has guested with the company in « Bound to Please » (1997), « Living Costs » (Tate Modern - 2003) and been involved in an editorial capacity for « To Be Straight With You » (2008).

As Newson’s work is content-based, he casts according to subject matter and performers’ suitability for each new project. Consequently DV8 has no permanent company of performers. Over the years many people have contributed towards the success of DV8 - many extraordinary performers, a succession of administrative and technical teams and the company’s board of directors.

Source: DV8 Physical Theatre 's website

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Dead dreams of monochrome men

Choreography : Lloyd Newson, DV8 Physical Theatre

Interpretation : DV8 Physical Theatre : Lloyd Newson, Nigel Charnock, Russell Maliphant, Douglas Wright

Original music : Sally Herbert

Costumes : Tim Gradwel

Production / Coproduction of the video work : production Millenium en association avec DV8 pour la London Weekend Television, ARTHAUS MUSIK

Duration : 52'

Arthaus Musik

Arthaus Musik is a label for classical music on DVD and Blu-ray. The company belongs to Studio Halle GmbH and maintains the subsidiary Monarda Arts.
Arthaus Musik GmbH was founded in Munich in March 2000 and has been based in Halle (Saale) since 2007. The  label has been publishing records of operas, ballets, classical  concerts, jazz, theater productions and selected documentaries on music  and the arts for thirteen years. Since then, over 700 titles have been released on DVD and Blu-ray with up to 100 releases per year.
Among  the publications are recordings with artists such as Plácido Domingo,  Cecilia Bartoli, Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Callas, Jonas Kaufmann,  Burkard Schliessmann and conductors, such as Carlos Kleiber, Claudio  Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Lorin Maazel, Pierre Boulez and Zubin  Mehta. The  recordings come from opera houses such as La Scala, the Vienna State  Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Opéra National de Paris  and the Zurich Opera House.

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