‘BELONGING’ Spring 2024 Tour Announcement

1 Nov 2023

Phoenix Dance Theatre will be back on the road in Spring 2024 with a brand-new triple bill!

The BELONGING: Loss. Legacy. Love. tour will open in our home city of Leeds at Leeds Playhouse in February with closing performances at York Theatre Royal in May.

Our first venue to go on sale is The Place, London where tickets for our performances on Fri 22 & Sat 23 March will be available to book from tomorrow here.

The full tour schedule including on sale dates will be announced very soon, so watch this space!

To accompany today’s tour announcement, we are thrilled to unveil our new official company image, shot by celebrated photographer Hugo Glendinning and featuring Company Dancers Aaron Chaplin and Yasmina Patel.

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

REQUIEM (excerpts)

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 as part of LEEDS 2023: Year of Culture.
(Please note that Requiem will be performed to recorded music).


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 surrealism, 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.


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

Terms of Agreement, a new creation by Artistic Director Marcus Jarrell Willis and his first work created for Phoenix, is the third work of his choreographic series, Terms & Conditions and includes original writing compositions by Tomos O’Sullivan and music by various popular artists. Illustrating scenes of varied demonstrations of love, it focuses on the more ethereal, spiritual and kismet perspectives. Terms of Agreement expands on the series’ overarching question, what is true love? Further to understanding this, once you have negotiated the terms, will you accept the agreement?

Marcus Jarrell Willis, Artistic Director: “Building upon the resounding success of the company’s last tour, which fittingly reflected on – and commemorated – its remarkable 40-year history, Phoenix now stands at a crucial juncture, poised to direct its focus forwards and embark on a tour of new works. Joining Phoenix when I have, I am thrilled to be contributing my own creation to this versatile program of choreographic works, making it a significant moment for me working with our exceptionally gifted dancers to craft this together.”

Photo Hugo Glendinning

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