Phoenix Dance Theatre today announced that Artistic Director, Dane Hurst, will step away from his role at the end of November 2021 after a period of extraordinary artistic leadership.
South African-born Hurst took up the post in early 2021 and during his time with the Company has guided the Dance Theatre to a level of creative prominence through innovative programmes and productions, including an exciting series of works to celebrate its 40th anniversary in November.
Dane Hurst said: “It is with a heavy heart that I’m stepping away from my role as Artistic Director with Phoenix Dance Theatre. I would like to thank the Board of Trustees and Arts Council England for supporting me in leading the company through the recent pandemic; I am proud of what we’ve achieved, and excited for what’s been put in place as the company forges its way into another 40 years of history. There is much to celebrate and so much more to come from Phoenix. The plans are ambitious, and the future is bright, however, this pandemic has thrown everything into flux and taken so much from and out of us. With this in mind, I’ve decided to return to support my family in South Africa during this challenging time. In my absence I would like to wish the company every success.”
The Board of Directors added: “On behalf of all at Phoenix Dance Theatre, we would like to thank Dane for his strong leadership and exceptional creativity through what has been an incredibly tough year. Dane has been such an influential part of our artistic journey, and we wish him much happiness as he devotes more time to his family back home in South Africa.”