From small beginnings in inner-city Leeds, Phoenix Dance Theatre has grown to be one of the UKs leading contemporary dance companies. For over three decades Phoenix Dance Theatre has performed, educated and inspired people across the globe. Phoenix has performed in the US, Western Europe, South America and the Caribbean and the company also collaborates with international artists on a regular basis. In recent years this has included choreographic commissions from artists based in US, Israel, Switzerland and France.
Featuring two mixed bills, two special multi-media commissions, a small scale rural tour and international festival performances, in 2013/14 Phoenix performed a more varied programme of work than ever before. Over the course of the year Phoenix delivered 35 performances to more than 12,000 people at 24 venues across the UK including five sold out performances at the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House.
Phoenix Dance Theatre employs 18 full time members of staff including 8 dancers, 58 freelance practitioners and 3 volunteers. The company commissions work from numerous artists each year, some of whom are Leeds based and some who stay in Leeds for the duration of their creative period.