Inside Phoenix: Shadows Event

18 - 19 September 2024


Inside Phoenix: Shadows Event is an exclusive educational event for secondary education dance students and their teachers to watch Phoenix Dance Theatre perform Christopher Bruce’s Shadows.

Experience an exclusive performance and analysis of the work which aims to support students and teachers’ knowledge, understanding and experience of the dance work as well as practical sessions including contemporary dance class and Shadows repertoire workshop.


Shadows sees a small family, possibly set in Eastern Europe (though this is left up to
individual interpretation) who are coming to terms with deprivation, poverty, and the
realities of what lies outside their intimate family home. In 2015 for Phoenix Dance Theatre, Christoper Bruce described
this piece

“To me, many of Arvo Part’s compositions evoke images of a European history and tradition steeped in over a thousand years of human experience and, frequently, suffering. These themes, and particularly the turbulence of twentieth century events, have influenced my reaction to his work Fratres. In my dance the action can be read literally or metaphorically, within the intimacy of an insular family environment or on a more universal scale. I am happy to leave the audience to interpret the work individually.” 

What the day will include

The Half- Day experience will include dance class/warm-up led by a Phoenix practitioner, Shadows workshop including taught repertoire from the professional work, interactive Shadows workbook/revision resource, interactive lecture demonstration analysing the features of the work.

Interactive lecture demonstration

This segment of the day you will have the opportunity to analyse the feaures of Shadows work including:

  • Costume design
  • Set and props
  • Lighting
  • Accompaniment
  • Character and themes
  • Choreography and choreographic approach
  • How the above link to the choreographic intention of the work



Tony Nandi