Phoenix bring 180 dancers together to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS

17 Nov 2015

ResTec Phoenix Dance Theatre Photo by Brian Slater

Phoenix Dance Theatre is to present an evening of work to commemorate people affected by AIDS and HIV as part of a series of events taking place around the country for World AIDS Day.

ResTec, due to take place Friday 27 November, is one of three annual youth dance platforms held by Phoenix Dance Theatre at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, located in Leeds on Quarry Hill. This one-off performance brings together 180 young people including four local school groups, two groups from the Phoenix Youth Academy and three visiting dance groups from London who share their work as an evening of exciting and thought-provoking dance.

The platform is supported by West Yorkshire Sport, who enable young people disengaged with physical activity, both in and outside of school, to have access to physical activity. Students have been preparing for the performance with six weeks of rehearsals and workshops exploring the themes and creating a dance piece for each group to perform as part of the event.

As part of the ResTec platform, Monday 30th November will also see Phoenix Dance Theatre take their two Youth Academy groups to London to perform at ResTec London at Stratford Circus.

Charis Charles, Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Director of Access & Education said:

‘It’s a brilliant opportunity to see so many young people uniting for a great cause and bringing together young people from diverse backgrounds is a big part of what we do here at Phoenix, including students we don’t normally get to meet. It’s a fabulous chance for young people to raise awareness of AIDS and HIV together and is a testament to the maturity and talent of young people in the region. We at Phoenix Dance Theatre aim to fully represent multi-cultural Britain, and we feel this project is the perfect example of that commitment.’

Tickets are now on sale and can be booked at the  Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre box office here.