I blogged about dance film ‘The cost of Living’ (2004) by DV8 Physical Theatre almost two years ago, What dance could be… in DV8 and David Toole’s vision… and I still admire Lloyd Newson’s choreography. Hence, for today’s Body cinema screening I’ve picked up for you exactly this film.
‘The Cost of Living was shot on location in Cromer on the Norfolk coast: a typical, old-fashioned and faded English seaside resort. The summer season has petered to an end. An air of desertion hangs over the town.
Eddie and David are disillusioned street performers. Eddie is tough, confrontational and not afraid to defend his belief in justice, respect and honesty. David is a dancer who has no legs (as he is in real life), watching him makes you reconsider accepted notions of grace and perfection. He is quietly determined not to let his disabilities or society’s prejudices get in his way. A series of inter-linked scenes show Eddie and David’s encounters with other people; some are incredibly hard-hitting, others exhilarating because of their sheer physicality.’ (synopsis taken from official press release)
Director: Lloyd Newson
Performers: Jose Maria Alves, Gabriel Castillo, Robin Dingemans, Tom Hodgson, Eddie Kay, [Tanja Liedtke], Eddie Nixon, Kareena Oates, Rowan Thorpe, David Toole and Vivien Wood.
The Cost of Living