Dance of Language

1 January 2018


We are excited to be underway in shooting a new feature documentary in Madrid directed by Rhys Graham. The Dance of Language is a documentary that explores the provocative creative collaboration between powerhouse Australian playwright Andrew Bovell and Madrid theatre collective Numero0 during a time of political upheaval in Spain.

At the end of 2017, during the Spanish winter, Andrew Bovell arrives in a rehearsal space of Madrid’s Matadero (abattoir) precinct to meet with a group of Madrid’s finest theatrical talents. At the peak of his writing powers with his plays and films showing around the world, Bovell has chosen to retreat to the spaces that shaped him – theatre workshops – where ideas are tested and improvisation is used to fuel his creative process. 

“When I write a line of dialogue I don’t know always know what the next line will be. Some lines, of course, I know ahead and I need to build to them. But most of the time I don’t know what’s going to happen next. It is all an improvisation in my head within a broad structure determined by time and place.”

At the invitation of on one of the members of Numero0, acclaimed young director Julian Fuentes Reta, Bovell takes up residence in Madrid, a vital literary and theatrical European centre, to test out the limits of his writing in devising an audacious new work in concert with the group.  Beginning with discussions and provocations, their journey traverses improvisations, inventions and dramatisations in pursuit of a new work that reflects a cross cultural, bilingual meeting point of artists impassioned by shared ideas and political anxieties. 

“Writing is the process by which you ask yourself a series of questions. In answering one question, another is posed.”

The film will be filmed in across 2018 and 2019 with post production in 2019.