Artistic Goals




To create performances that are deeply affecting
DNA regularly explores difficult topics: sickness, death, psychopathy, non-conformity, antiauthoritarianism. DNA performances elicit a particularly wide range of emotional, visceral responses.  And whether audiences have been thrilled or horrified, confused or exhilarated, one thing is always true: you never forget a DNA experience.
To create environmental theatre
The choice of a site or venue is determined by the form and content of the piece.  Architecture and landscape are integral to our theatrical purpose.  DNA audiences come to our work for a complete environmental experience.  
To create new theatrical languages
For each show, the company develops distinct rules, specific to that particular piece. This common understanding becomes the foundation for building a language that applies to all areas of the production: sound, light, text, movement, costume, dance, the design and decoration of the space. The result is an array of striking elements that create a strange harmony, a unique language that will be instantly recognized by those familiar with DNA.
To create unique experiences of theatre
Theatre has basic rules and conventions regarding the separation of audience from action.  DNA is engaged in a provocative act of shifting the audience view: through a structured authoritarianism (people are told exactly what they are allowed to do, where to sit or when to leave); through a lack of explanation (where should I sit? do I talk back or not?); and with acts of simultaneity (what should I be watching right now? should I follow this group or that group? what will I miss?).