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40 Years of Phoenix

Company: Phoenix Dance Theatre

To celebrate the company’s milestone 40th birthday, Phoenix Dance Theatre is bringing together an eclectic selection of work from across its history with works by internationally acclaimed and award-winning choreographers, including former Artistic Directors and collaborators.

The first half of the programme opens Signal by Henri Oguike, set to a thumping Taiko drumming score, followed by Harmonica Breakdown, a solo by Jane Dudley set to blues music by Sonny Terry. Closing the half is a satirical and poignant ensemble work, Family, by American choreographic duo Shapiro & Smith.

The second half opens with a theatrical duet Pave Up Paradise inspired by the story of Adam and Eve and set to live music played by Andrew ‘DREUW’ Burke and created by the award-winning team Ben Duke and Raquel Meseguer of Lost Dog.

The evening closes with the newly recreated, cinematic Heart of Chaos inspired by the story of World Heavyweight Boxing champion Jack Johnson. The work is set to a pulsating Jazz score by Wynton Marsalis and created by ex-Phoenix Director, Darshan Singh Bhuller.

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