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Phoenix Dance Theatre - Autumn Tour 2015

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Here are the tour dates for Phoenix Autumn Tour 2015:



Mold:  15-16 September  (Bloom, Tearfall, Shift, Shadows)


Leeds: 30 September - 03 October (2 programmes)


Barnsley:  09 October


Malvern:  14 October


Canterbury:  20-21 October


London:  11-14 November (programme TBA)


Wellingborough:  18 November


Huddersfield:  26 November


Lancaster:  02-03 December



All venues same programme as Mold unless otherwise shown (and a cracking programme it is too!)





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And the official press release:


Phoenix Dance Theatre - Autumn 2015


Trademark mixed bill including a premiere on a national tour


For its autumn 2015 season Phoenix Dance Theatre, under Artistic Director Sharon Watson, proudly presents a trademark mixed bill, featuring four works. The 10-venue tour kicks-off at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold on 15 September and concludes at Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster on 3 December. The mixed bill features a double bill by Christopher Bruce CBETearFall by Sharon Watson for 8 dancers, with music by Christian Steffes and Bloom by New Adventures Choreographer Award winner Caroline Finn.


Itzik Galili’s new version of Until.With/Out.Enoughwith immersive music by Henryk Górecki, will receive itspremiere at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London (11 – 14 Nov). Originally created byprominent Israeli choreographer Galili in 1997, Until.With/Out.Enough is a Royal Ballet co-commission.

The double bill by Christopher Bruce CBE features Shadows, a new work created especially for Phoenix Dance Theatre and a restaging of Shift. Having choreographed works for leading dance companies across the globe, this is the first time that Phoenix has performed any of his work. Set in the mid-twentieth centuryShadows is a moving and thoughtful piece of dance theatre, taking the family dynamic as its central theme, exploring some of the deepest fears and daily struggles faced by people all over the world. Bruce’s Shift, is an energetic study of factory workers in the 1940’s. Performed to the last movement of Swing Shift by Kenji Bunch, the dance builds its choreography out of a vocabulary of production-line tasks.


Sharon Watson follows up her audience favourites Melt (2011) and Repetition of Change (2013) withTearFall, a piece that explores both the science and emotion of tears. Supported by the Wellcome Trust,TearFall was inspired by the exploration of the biochemical make up of tears, how their appearance and composition is affected by different emotional states and looks at the differences between how tears function and how they are perceived. For TearFall, Watson worked in partnership with Professor Sir John Holman from York University and dramaturg Lou Cope.


Caroline Finn’s Bloom, for 7 dancers, examines how people create ‘facades’, behind which they can become the person they believe they should be. The title Bloom was inspired by the idea that a tree in blossom - a beautiful layer – only masks the true nature of the tree beneath. Finn’s work often presents darkly comic expressions of life and humanity using a playful, quirky and highly engaging choreographic style. Bloom was commissioned in partnership with the New Adventures Choreographer Award. Caroline was recently appointed as the Artistic Director of the National Dance Company Wales.





Dates              Venue                                                             Box Office


15 & 16 Sept       Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold                                         01352 701521

9 Oct                      The Civic Barnsley                                                           01226 327000

14 Oct                   Malvern Theatres                                                            01684 892277

20 & 21 Oct         Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury                                   01227 787787

11 - 14 Nov          Linbury Studio Theatre, ROH, London                    01484 430528 **

18 Nov                  The Castle, Wellingborough                                       01933 229 022

26 Nov                  Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield                01484 430528

2 & 3 Dec             Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster                                        01524 594151

** The repertoire for the Linbury Studio Theatre, ROH is Until.Enough/Without - Itzik Galili, TearFall - Sharon Watson and Bloom - Caroline Finn

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