Bernstein Double Bill: West Side Story Symphonic Dances & Trouble in Tahiti

Sat 16 Oct - Sat 20 Nov


A Phoenix Dance Theatre / Opera North collaboration

Dreams of a better life…

American composer Leonard Bernstein was a major influence on the Broadway musical stage and this double bill brings together two of his pieces in a thrilling evening of music, dance and drama.

The curtain goes up on Sam and Dinah living a charmed life in their little white house in 1950s suburbia. But look more closely and you’ll see the cracks starting to appear in this couple’s American Dream… The satirical Trouble in Tahiti brings the sounds of jazz, musical theatre and the movies together, with a moment of full Hollywood pizzazz in Dinah’s showpiece number ‘Island Magic’.

West Side Story is a landmark of musical theatre and Bernstein’s stand-alone Symphonic Dances extracted from the show are packed with mambos, waltzes and cha-chas. Inspired by the events of his native South Africa, Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Dane Hurst creates an entirely new dance work which responds to these rhythms as dancers navigate the rough edges and walls of city life, exploring conflict and the need to connect.

West Side Symphony Dances and Halfway and Beyond are dedicated to Pauline Fitzmaurice, Jo Stenholm and the founders of Phoenix, who gave Phoenix a company to celebrate and helped to make it what it is today.

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“offers a compelling emotional crescendo… flamingly impassioned”
★★★★ — The Times

“an emotionally powerful, lucid production… plenty of zip and pizzazz…”
★★★★ — The Arts Desk

“powerful and relevant… emotionally charged… the momentum is irresistible, the subdued ending beautifully judged...”
★★★★★ The Reviews Hub