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Phoenix Dance Theatre

Phoenix Dance Theatre is a leading contemporary dance company based in Leeds, touring regionally, nationally and internationally. It is committed to widening access to dance through education and audience development initiatives. Our support covers its core activities, paving the way for the move into its new, purpose built, shared building.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £425,222
  • 2013-2014: £435,428
  • 2014-2015: £447,172

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The double bill by one of the world’s leading figures in dance, Christopher Bruce CBE features Shadows, a brand new work created especially for Phoenix Dance Theatre and a restaging of Bruce’s energetic study of life in the 1940’s, Shift. This double bill was previously performed at the Linbury Studio Theatre, London in November 2014, the first time that Phoenix has performed any of this renowned choreographer’s work. One of Britain's leading choreographers, with an international reputation, Christopher Bruce trained at the Ballet Rambert School. He joined Ballet Rambert in 1963 where he was acclaimed as one of the most gifted performers of his generation, and remembered particularly for his performances in Glen Tetley's Pierrot Lunaire and his own Cruel Garden. He is recognized as the last major choreographer to have been nurtured by Marie Rambert. Awards include Evening Standard Award, 1974 and 1997; Prix Italia (for Television Production of Cruel Garden), 1982; International Theatre Institute Award for Excellence in International Dance, 1993; De Valois Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dance at Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, 2003; Rheinische Post Theater Oscar for ‘A Evening of Work by Christopher Bruce’ at Theater Krefeld-Mönchengladbach 2004; Best Choreography, Critics’ Circle Awards, 2009. Christopher Bruce was awarded a C.B E in 1998; Honorary Doctor of Art from De Montfort University, 2000; Honorary Doctor of Letters from University of Exeter, 2001; Honorary Life Membership of Amnesty International, 2002. Honorary Visiting Professor, Exeter University 2009.

Rehearsals: revealed - Ivgi & Greben

Phoenix's 2014 Mixed Programme will feature the first work for the company by exciting European choreographic duo Ivgi&Greben. Here they talk about creating their new piece.

See Blue Through - Archive Trailer

First performed by Phoenix in 2005 as part of the inter vivos programme, Didy Veldman's See Blue Through makes a welcome return to the Company's repertoire for 2014. Keep checking for news of tour dates!

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Phoenix Dance Theatre - Autumn 2013 Tour Trailer

Coming to the following venues this autumn: Cast, Doncaster - Tuesday 8th October Northern Stage - Thursday 10th & Friday 11th October Hull New Theatre - Tuesday 15th October The Atkinson, Southport - Thursday 17th October York Theatre Royal - Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th November Clwyd Theatr Cymru -- Saturday 9th November Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House - Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd November Leicester Curve - Thursday 28th November

Uber presents Phoenix Dance Theatre in 'Fire Flight'

Design agency Uber wanted to get to the heart of Phoenix Dance Theatre visualising the focus, elegance and burning passion of the company - this is the incredible end result. Featuring the technical expertise of the production team and collaborators Uber, Ink Films and VTR North.

Phoenix Dance Theatre - Why Dance? Why Phoenix?

Behind the scenes at the Fire Flight video shoot design agency Uber caught up with some of our dancers to ask two important questions - why dance and why Phoenix? Filmed by Uber, Ink Films and VTR North.

DONATE to Phoenix

Dancer Antonio Borriello talks about how you can support Phoenix and what that backing means to him. Find out more and donate at:

Particle Velocity Trailer

Following the World Premiere run at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Phoenix Dance Theatre's latest mixed bill Particle Velocity will be touring the UK throughout 2013. The bill features four critically acclaimed pieces of dance, created by two of the country's leading choreographers and two of the UK's most exciting emerging talents. Spring 2013 tour: Liverpool Playhouse Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th March, 7.30pm The Civic, Barnsley Friday 22nd March, 7.30pm Nottingham Playhouse Wednesday 17th April, 8.00pm Worthing Theatres Tuesday 30th April, 7.30pm Malvern Theatres Tuesday 14th May, 7.30pm The Grand Theatre Blackpool Sunday 19th May, 8.00pm The Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield Thursday 23rd May, 7.30pm

Rehearsals: revealed - Repetition of Change

Repetition of Change is the latest work for Phoenix by Artistic Director Sharon Watson. Set to Forms Entangled, Shapes Collided, a specially commissioned score by renowned composer Kenneth Hesketh, performed by Psappha, this new work places the complex, intricate world of DNA under the microscope. Here she's joined by some of the dancers to explain how they've brought the complexities of our genetics to the stage! Tickets for the West Yorkshire Playhouse world premiere run of Particle Velocity, which also features new works by Jose Agudo, Richard Alston and Douglas Thorpe, are on sale now at The score for Repetition of Change, Forms Entangled, Shapes Collided by Kenneth Hesketh, was commissioned with funding from the RPS Drummond Fund.

Rehearsals: revealed - Ki

Jose Agudo's first work for Phoenix is a tale of one boy's journey to become legend. Inspired by Genghis Khan's extraordinary life story, Ki is a ferocious, ritualistic solo which uses powerful, physical dance to show a man seizing control of his own destiny. Here Jose talks about creating the piece and the significance of the piece's title. Tickets for the West Yorkshire Playhouse world premiere run of Particle Velocity, which also features new works by Richard Alston, Douglas Thorpe and Phoenix Artistic Director Sharon Watson, are on sale now at

Rehearsals: revealed - Tender Crazy Love

Tender Crazy Love is the latest work for Phoenix by one of the most exciting emerging choreographers in the UK - Douglas Thorpe. Famed for his explosive, powerful movement, this blistering duet features his trademark raw, visceral choreography set to a Tarantino-like soundtrack of classic songs and hidden gems. Tickets for the West Yorkshire Playhouse world premiere run of Particle Velocity, which also features new works by Richard Alston, Jose Agudo and Phoenix Artistic Director Sharon Watson, are on sale now at

Phoenix Dance Theatre: Crossing Points - Autumn 2012 Tour

Phoenix Dance Theatre's Crossing Points returns this autumn at venues across the UK: The Lowry Tuesday 18th September, 8.00pm Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ Tickets £12 (concessions £2 off) -- TBC Box Office 0843 208 6000 Book Online --- Clwyd Theatr Cymru Friday 21th & Saturday 22nd September, TIME?? Raikes Lane, Mold, Clwyd CH7 1YA Tickets TBC Box Office 0845 330 3565 Book Online --- Hull Truck Theatre Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd October, 7.45pm - TBC 50 Ferensway, Hull, HU2 8LB Tickets £15 (£10 concessions) -- TBC Box Office 01482 323638 Book Online --- Wyvern Theatre Tuesday 9th October, 7.30pm Theatre Square, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 1QN Tickets £11 - £16, concessions £2 off, students £10 Box Office 01793 524 481 Book Online --- Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House* Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th October, 7.45pm Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD Tickets £20 | £17 | £14 | £8.50 standing | £11.50 students Box Office 020 7304 4000 Book Online --- Aberystwyth Arts Centre Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th November, TBCpm -- TBC Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion , SY23 3DE Tickets TBC Box Office 01904 623568 Book Online --- York Theatre Royal Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st November, 7.30pm -- TBC St. Leonard's Place, York, YO1 7HD Tickets £10 - £17 (plus concessions) -- TBC Box Office 01904 623568 Book Online ¬ --- Lawrence Batley Theatre Tuesday 4th December, 7.30pm Queen's Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP Tickets £14, £12, £10 (concessions £2 off) -- TBC Box Office 01484 430528 Book Online

Rehearsals: revealed - Richard Alston

One of the highlights of Phoenix's new programme for 2013 - Particle Velocity - is celebrated choreographer Richard Alston's first work for the company. We caught up with him during rehearsals to see how this brand new piece was coming together. Tickets for the West yorkshire Playhouse world premiere run of Particle Velocity, which also features new works by Jose Agudo, Douglas Thorpe and Phoenix Artistic Director Sharon Watson, are on sale now at

Phoenix Dance Theatre - Pave Up Paradise

Internationally renowned British contemporary dance company Phoenix Dance Theatre will present Pave Up Paradise at the 2012 internationale tanzmesse nrw. PAVE UP PARADISE DURATION 15 mins CHOREOGRAPHY AND DESIGN Lost Dog MUSIC CREDITS The Strokes, Jeff Buckley, Gomez MUSIC PERFORMED BY Alessandro Lima LIGHTING RESTAGED BY Michael Mannion For more information on Phoenix Dance Theatre visit For more information on Tanzmesse, including performance dates, visit

Phoenix Dance Theatre - Crossing Points

Crossing Points is Phoenix Dance Theatre's new mixed programme for 2012. Inspired by Magritte's iconic painting The Son of Man, Ana Luján Sánchez's Catch immerses the audience in an abstract, surreal world filled with intricate, dynamic and thought provoking choreography. SoundClash by Kwesi Johnson sees the dancers mimic the complex and beautiful patterns created by sound waves when made visible. The bill also features the return of Henri Oguike's thrilling Signal, and Aletta Collins' sassy, hilarious modern Phoenix classic Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No Maybe. Coming this Spring to: The Civic, Barnsley: Liverpool Playhouse: Circomedia, Bristol: Northern Stage:

Rehearsals: revealed - SoundClash

Former Phoenix Dance Theatre dancer and current Artistic Director of Kompany Malakhi Kwesi Johnson talks about SoundClash, his new work for the company. SoundClash can be seen as part of Phoenix's Crossing Points mixed programme, which tours to Leeds, Barnsley, Liverpool, Bristol and Newcastle this spring. Music by Luke Harney

Rehearsals: revealed - Catch

Former dancer and Rehearsal Director Ana Luján Sánchez returns to Phoenix in 2012 with the world premiere of her newest work Catch as part of Crossing Points. We caught up with her during rehearsals to find out more about the piece.

Three decades of Phoenix

On 11th November 2011 former dancers and members of staff came together to celebrate Phoenix Dance Theatre's 30th anniversary with a very special one off performance.

Overworlds & Underworlds Launch Video Blog

Last Month Leeds Canvas launched Overworlds & Underworlds - Yorkshire's offering for the Artists Taking The Lead strand of next year's Cultural Olympiad. Led by renowned artists The Brothers Quay, Overworlds & Underworlds will take place in Leeds 18th-20th May 2012. Phoenix Dance Theatre is one of 12 cultural organisations based in Leeds behind the project, so Phoenix's Marketing Manager Alex Croft went along to the launch to get a hint of what was planned...

Phoenix Dance Theatre - Declarations

Phoenix Dance Theatre's Declarations Mixed Programme comes to the following venues this autumn: The Riverfront, Newport - Thursday 29 September Curve, Leicester - Wednesday 26 October Wyvern Theatre, Swindon - Tuesday 1 November The Brindley Theatre, Runcorn - Tuesday 8 November Rotherham Open Arts Festival at Magna - Saturday 19 November Travese Theatre, Edinburgh - Friday 25 November Filmed by Kaptur in the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre at Phoenix Dance Theatre, September 2011.

Phoenix Dance Theatre - Reflected

Phoenix Dance Theatre's Reflected Mixed Programme comes to the following venues this autumn and spring 2012: Malvern Theatres - Wednesday 5th October The Junction - Tuesday 11th October Lawrence Batley Theatre - Tuesday 18th October Brunton Theatre - Friday 4th November Hull Truck Theatre - Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th November York Theatre Royal - Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st March 2012 Filmed by Kaptur at West Yorkshire Playhouse, January 2011.

Rehearsals: revealed - Signal

Henri Oguike's Signal returns to Phoenix's repertoire for the company's 2012 Crossing Points mixed programme. Here he talks to us about how he came to choreograph the piece in the first place and what it's like working with the current crop of Phoenix dancers.

Rehearsals: revealed - Pave Up Paradise

One half of Lost Dog, Raquel Meseguer caught up with Jonny Walton from Kaptur during rehearsals of Pave up Paradise to explain about the piece and its history. Musician Alessandro Lima was also on hand to perform the 3 songs from the piece - Last Night by The Strokes, Lover, you should have come over by Jeff Buckley and Tijuana Lady by Gomez.

Rehearsals: revealed - What It Is

Following the revival of his piece Haunted Passages for 2010's Declarations tour, choroegrapher Philip Taylor talks about What It Is which will be part of 2011's Reflected tour.

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