Taking a page from director/choreographer Michael Bennett, who compressed hours of dancer conversation into A Chorus Line, DV8 choreographer/artistic director Lloyd Newson distilled 85 interviews into To Be Straight With You . The piece percolated for almost two decades after Newson was thunderstruck by the vehement verbal abuse inflicted on participants in a British gay-rights parade, and as he considered the ongoing schism dividing the Anglican Church over the issue of homosexuality. For this project, Newson sought interviewees he describes as “religious and not, gay and straight, activists and passers-by.” Newson augments the dancing with spoken word, recorded sound, video and animation to explore sexuality, religion, tolerance and intolerance. Although it comes with a warning for mature audiences only, perhaps viewing these issues from a British perspective will contribute to similar heated discussions here.

Nov. 6-7, 8 p.m., 2009

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