Phoenix Dance Theatre
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Phoenix Dance Company was formed in 1981 by David Hamilton (Artistic Director), Donald Edwards and Vilmore James. The 3 members of Phoenix performed work created within the company mainly in educational settings however, their fresh approach to contemporary dance won them support amongst audiences and critics and they quickly built a following beyond their home city of Leeds. In 1987, Neville Campbell joined Phoenix as Artistic Director, this appointment marked a major expansion of the company and its repertoire as under Campbell’s direction the company employed female dancers for the first time and increased to a company of ten. Margaret Morris took over as Artistic Director in 1991 and under her the company began to expand its overseas touring. As well as becoming a regular feature of the UK touring circuit, Phoenix has performed internationally in the USA, Western Europe, South America and the Caribbean. Thea Nerissa Barnes became Artistic Director in 1997 and under her leadership the company set about preserving its heritage by establishing the company’s first archive. Darshan Singh Bhuller took over as Artistic Director in 2002 and immediately began reshaping, beginning with rebranding the company Phoenix Dance Theatre. Under his direction the company refocused itself as a multi-cultural company. Sharon Watson was appointed as Artistic Director in May 2009. Under her Phoenix has re- introduced diverse mixed programmes of work by established and up and coming choreographers, including classic pieces from the company’s extensive repertoire, and the company has refocused its ambitions, aiming to be the leading middle scale dance company of the UK. In October 2010 Phoenix moved into purpose-built new premises in the Quarry Hill area of Leeds alongside Northern Ballet. With the company having just celebrated 30 years of outstanding dance, the world class facilities of this new home give Phoenix Dance Theatre the platform to continue producing work of the highest quality for the next 30 years and beyond.

 

Crossing Points by Phoenix Dance Theatre