Phoenix Dance Theatre Return To Leeds
Phoenix at Home is an annual production by internationally-renowned, Leeds-based contemporary dance company Phoenix Dance Theatre. Utilising its own dancers, choreographers and Youth Academy it is a celebratory showcase of the company’s work.
The eighth production of Phoenix at Home takes to the company’s own stage at Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre next month from Thursday 18th to Saturday 10th October.
Last year Phoenix celebrated female choreographers which included Calyx by multi-award-winning company dancer Sandrine Monin and a preview of Windrush: Movement of the People by Artistic Director Sharon Watson.
“Female choreographers are few and far between,” says Artistic Director, Sharon Watson. “There are many women at entry level but as you go higher up they disappear - I wanted to show off our own company’s female talent.”
This year Phoenix will present Robert North’s world-renowned Troy Game. Described by the New York Times as a ‘funny and sexy romp’, Troy Game is a tongue in cheek parody of male machismo and is re-staged to include female dancers.
Sandrine Monin makes a welcome return with an excerpt from her new piece Kirke for which she has again teamed up with Italian composer Roberto Rusconi, and Phoenix Youth Academy take to the stage with colourful and comedic new work Spam choreographed by company dancer Michael Marquez.
“This last year has been amazing for Phoenix,” says Sharon. “We have toured around the country with Windrush and its supporting Mixed Programme; we met the Prime Minister, performed at Tilbury Docks, visited China to promote Leeds and Yorkshire as a cultural powerhouse, and now we’re preparing to head home where we always enjoy performing - we were born in Leeds, we live in Leeds and we’re very proud of Leeds.”
Phoenix Dance Theatre Return To Leeds, 10th September 2018, 16:08 PM