British dance theatre company. It was founded by Lloyd Newson in 1986 and, influenced by the work of Pina Bausch and European dance theatre, it has committed itself to work which reflects issues in the real world rather than abstract dance concerns. It makes a practice of involving all performers in the creation of the work, drawing on their personal experiences as well as their choreographic ideas. Its first major work, My Sex, Our Dance (1987), was a duet for Newson and Charnock in which physical risk-taking mirrored the emotional challenges of a male relationship. In My Body, Your Body (1987) eight male and female dancers explored sexual stereotyping while Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men (1988) tackled issues of male alienation and desire. The work was filmed for television, as were several of the company's subsequent productions, including Strange Fish (1994), and Enter Achilles (1995), which won the Prix d'Italia award in 1996. Recent works include Cost of Living (2003, filmed 2004) and To Be Straight with You (2008). The company tours internationally.
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