PHOENIX Dance Theatre will open their spring 2017 tour with a four-night run at West Yorkshire Playhouse.
The “thrilling” programme, at the Leeds theatre from February 8 to 11, will mark the end of the company’s 35th year anniversary celebrations.
It features a new commission and a revival of one of the company’s earliest and most iconic works; Nightlife at the Flamingo.
Choreographed by Edward Lynch, who also danced in the original production, Nightlife at the Flamingo premiered in Leeds in 1983, under the company’s first artistic director David Hamilton.
The piece was revived in autumn 2016 as part of Phoenix Dance Theatre’s 35th anniversary celebrations, to popular and critical acclaim.
Originally set in an American nightclub, Nightlife at the Flamingo integrated popular culture and modern dance and was performed by five dancers.
For this revived anniversary performance it has been re-imagined by Edward Lynch for an intergenerational cast which features ex-Phoenix dancers and current company dancers along with the company’s Youth Academy.
Spokesman said: “Fusing Jazz, Soul and Lindy Hop this dazzling piece captures the atmosphere of a 1940s American Dance Hall.”
Alongside Nightlife at the Flamingo, Phoenix will present the premiere of Calyx, inspired by the book of poems The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire. The work explores the themes of beauty, desire and decadence.
To complete the programme the company present Beast, which immerses the audience into the darkest reaches of the mind, using six dancers in a performance intended to be as powerful and brutal as it is beautiful.
Call 0113 2137700 or visit wyp.org.uk to book tickets.