Modern physical theatre is first and foremost influenced by mime and contemporary dance. Presently, an exact, clear definition of the physical theatre is still called for. To the audience, however, the rich, unconventional body movements bring the physical theatre onto the border between contemporary dance and conventional theatre. It is exactly this unmarked border of ambiguity that profoundly inspires creators.
In the history of contemporary drama, many masterpieces were born out of the coupling of drama and physical theatre. Today, a handful of companies – including the formidable Complicite, DV8 and Kneehigh- base their productions heavily on the tradition of physical theatre, and in turn contribute to it with their unique practices.