British physical theatre company DV8’s Lloyd Newsom presents the film adaptation of “The Cost of Living” their dazzling, rave-reviewed show about perfection and pretence, about how society measures individuals and how we in turn, value ourselves.
David and Eddie are street performers struggling to get by in a seaside town. As they work, argue, fail at romance and fall out with old friends, they ponder their lives.
Words alone can’t do the movie justice. A film unlike any other, “A Cost of Living” follows a disparate group of dancers as they clash with each other and the local community. Be dazzled in mind and eye by its narrative drive, bold dance pieces and unforgettable characters.
A stunning accomplishment, “The Cost of Living” takes place in the twilight zone between who we are and who we think we ought to be.
DV8's work is about taking risks. It is about personal politics, about breaking down barriers between dance and theatre, and above all, about communicating ideas and feelings clearly and unpretentiously.
From the New York Times review:
This is a piece about something, and someone, who is great, about what a profound pleasure it is to encounter greatness, and about what a persistent concern it is that we live in a culture, more specifically a dance culture, that resists such greatness.
From Toronto Now:
The movement arises out of character and situation, whether it's a guy in a nightclub whose nervous tics take over his body, or a woman fighting off a group of boys with a hoola hoop.
The film's most memorable moments involve David Toole, a legless dancer who seduces us in a bar, fights off a bigot, gets to dance with a ballerina and shares the film's extraordinary final image.