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Press Release: Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Choreographers and Composers Lab 2015

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Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Choreographers and Composers Lab 2015


July 6th – 17th July 2015

Phoenix Dance Theatre, Leeds.




Phoenix Dance Theatre is delighted to be hosting a Choreographers and Composers Lab in July 2015; a two week intensive in our state of the art dance centre in Leeds.


This two week intensive lab is designed for professional choreographers and composers at an early stage of their career, the course will enable participants to experience collaborative approaches to creating work and developing partnership skills without the pressure to produce final results.  Through creative workshops, lectures and artistic tasks, participants will enjoy a rare opportunity to focus on the creative process of research and experimentation with the emphasis on composition in music and dance.


The course is led by Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director & Choreographer Sharon Watson and Independent Music Director & Composer Ken Hesketh. Following an open call out, with over 300 applicants, a multinational mix of 24 artists have been selected to take part including four choreographers, four composers, four musicians and twelve dancers. 


Guest speakers include: Robert Cohan CBE, Founder of the London School of Contemporary Dance and Phoenix Dance Theatre Patron; Zoë Martlew, Cellist and BBC TV Proms presenter/commentator; Mike Dixon - Dance Critic; Didy Veldman, Choreographer; Dr Jo Butterworth, Professor of Dance Studies at the University of Malta and Peter Wiegold - Composer and Head of Music Research at Brunel University London.


On Friday 17th July 2015, 3.00 – 6.00pm at Phoenix Dance Theatre, there will be an exclusive Studio Sharing, where The Choreographers and Composers will share their creations as works in progress, and discuss their creative journeys. Following this studio preview, there is the opportunity to meet participants and course leaders as well as the Phoenix Dance Theatre dancers, staff and board members.


The Choreographers and Composers Lab 2015 is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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