‘BELONGING: Loss. Legacy. Love.’

Premiered February 2024

February 2024 saw the premiere of ‘BELONGING: Loss. Legacy. Love.’ a powerfully visceral and thought-provoking triple bill exploring the nuances of human experience by international dance makers Dane Hurst, Miguel Altunaga and Marcus Jarrell Willis.

‘BELONGING: Loss. Legacy.’ Love debuted in our hometown of Leeds at Leeds Playhouse before embarking on a tour that included stops in Dundee, Liverpool, London, Malvern, Doncaster, and culminating in its final performance in May 2024 in York.

Requiem (Excerpts) by former Phoenix Artistic Director Dane Hurst’s powerfully re-imagined Mozart’s awe-inspiring choral lament and an emotional response to the grief experienced by so many during the pandemic. First premiered at Leeds Grand Theatre as ‘Requiem: Journey’s of the Soul’  in a co-production with Opera North and collaboration with South African partners Jazzart Dance Theatre and Cape Town Opera as part of LEEDS 2023: Year of Culture in May 2023 received five star reviews.

Cloudburst by Miguel Altunaga explored 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 current Phoenix Artistic Director Marcus Jarrell Willis, presented the third work of his choreographic series, Terms & Conditions. Focusing on the more ethereal, spiritual and kismet perspectives, unraveling the eternal question: what is true love? the piece included original written compositions by Tomos O’Sullivan and music by various popular artists.

Find out more about ‘BELONGING: Loss. Legacy. Love.’ in our blogs series and discover more behind-the-scenes content, interviews and insights here.