Cast Sheets – ‘BELONGING: Loss. Legacy. Love.’

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Phoenix Dance Theatre makes contemporary dance that is audacious, imaginative and adept. We take seriously our wider responsibility to the company’s Black heritage, our communities and the sector. That is why we seek to create opportunities for artists and audiences, to create a meaningful dialogue with our communities and to create space for diverse voices and perspectives. With Phoenix you will see work from those who don’t ordinarily have a platform, you will see us create and collaborate with out of the ordinary partners and you will see an extraordinary commitment to learning and development opportunities for young people, both on and off stage.

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Discover more behind-the-scenes content here in our ‘Spotlight On… BELONGING’

BELONGING: Loss. Legacy. Love.

This powerfully visceral and thought-provoking triple bill explores the nuances of human experience by three exciting international dance makers.

REQUIEM (EXCERPTS)
BY DANE HURST

loss /lɒs/ noun
the feeling of sadness you experience when someone or something you like is taken away from you

Former Phoenix Artistic Director Dane Hurst’s critically acclaimed Requiem is a powerful reimagining of Mozart’s awe-inspiring choral lament and an emotional response to the grief experienced by so many during the pandemic. This 5 star “stunning” (The Times) production premiered at Leeds Grand Theatre in a co-production with Opera North as part of LEEDS 2023: Year of Culture.

CLOUDBURST
BY MIGUEL ALTUNAGA

legacy /ˈleɡ.ə.si/ noun
something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past

Miguel Altunaga’s daring new work explores mankind’s relationship to tribe and community, mythology and deity, ritual and spirituality, and how choices made by our ancestors shape our cultures, as well as our very being. Set to a new score by composer David Preston.

TERMS OF AGREEMENT
BY MARCUS JARRELL WILLIS

love /lʌv/ noun
strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties

In his first new creation for Phoenix as Artistic Director, Marcus Jarrell Willis presents the third work of his choreographic series, Terms & Conditions. Focusing on the more ethereal, spiritual and kismet perspectives, it unravels the eternal question: what is true love? Further to understanding this, once you have negotiated the terms, will you accept the agreement? Includes original written compositions by Tomos O’Sullivan and music by various popular artists.