Cockfight: "a cross between The Office and a cage-fight, Australian style"

Vera Liber

The Farm, in association with Performing Lines & NORPA (Australia) and Dance Touring Partnership, presents the first UK tour of Cockfight, a duet of extreme physical theatre that explores male behaviour and intergenerational conflicts.

Cockfight is a work for two performers, Gavin Webber and Joshua Thomson, developed in partnership with guest artist Julian Louis, woven around the lives of two men from different generations, trapped in a familiar environment: the office.

The two men share space, resources, time and responsibility, their physical action underpinned by "a fierce co-dependency in a duet of slow-motion fight sequences, interlocking rolls and tackles and Buster Keaton-esque battles of supremacy."

Joshua Thomson (33 years old) joined Gavin Webber (50 years old) at Dancenorth in Australia in 2005 and has continued to work with him ever since, the shifts in their shared physical and performance history becoming evident in Cockfight’s choreography.

Based in the Gold Coast, with roots in Berlin, The Farm is an international network of artists, ranging from choreographers and dancers to musicians and designers led by Gavin Webber and Grayson Millwood.

Cockfight opens at Laban Theatre in London on 3 October, then heads to Chester, Canterbury, Poole, Doncaster, Oxford and Nottingham before concluding at DanceEast in Ipswich on 27 October.