What don’t we want to talk about in the Arts? (Sun) Lloyd Newson

What is art if not a place where we can push the boundaries of what we know, what we do and what we can say? As his pioneering dance company DV8 developed and broke boundaries, choreographer Lloyd Newson found out that even in art there are limits, and times when no-one wants to speak out. What don’t we want art to talk about?


Born in Australia, Lloyd Newson studied psychology and social work at Melbourne University before embarking on a professional career as a dancer and choreographer. He has led and directed DV8 Physical Theatre’s work since its inception in 1986, winning over 50 national and international awards for his dance-theatre and film productions. In 2013 he was awarded an OBE for services to contemporary dance. Newson’s work straddles dance, text, theatre and film. Since 2007 he has specifically focused his attention on making work that combines verbatim text and movement, focusing on issues such as sexuality and religion in To Be Straight With You and Islam and Free Speech in Can We Talk About This?.