Photograph by Brian Slater.
Yorkshire’s own internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company Phoenix Dance Theatre turns 35 in a special anniversary tour in 2016 which will opens at West Yorkshire Playhouse in February.
Phoenix Dance Theatre is the UK’s longest-standing contemporary dance company outside of London. In celebration of their 35 year anniversary, Phoenix Dance Theatre present a Triple Bill of intense, funny and beautiful dances including two new commissions to celebrate the diversity and collaboration for which the company has become internationally known.
In a fitting commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, his timeless themes of desire, duplicity and unrequited love are brought to life in Kate Flatt’s new work Undivided Loves. Fusing sound, words and dance, Shakespeare’s most intimate, mysterious and radical sonnets are reimagined to Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale’s vibrant and percussive score.
In contrast, world-famous Dutch/Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili reworks his piece Until.With/Out.Enough which explores the concept of the enclosed space that exists within our minds.
Completing the Triple Bill is audience favourite Melt by Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Sharon Watson, which sees the elements collide as dancers swoop and glide across the stage in a graceful mix of aerial dance, creating a breathtaking, visually spectacular work.
Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre, Sharon Watson said: “We are enjoying our most successful times yet here in Leeds and like most 35-year-olds now is the opportunity to be at our most creative, ambitious and experimental. Phoenix Dance Theatre is becoming a household name here in Yorkshire and the ambition going forward is to take that local legacy and build on it further afield. This birthday celebration is a real milestone and celebrates the great times that we have had, whilst looking ahead to the future.”
Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Triple Bill 2016 is at West Yorkshire Playhouse from Wednesday 17th February – Saturday 20th February 2016. Book online at wyp.org.uk or call the Box Office on 0113 213 7700.