NightLife at the Flamingo
Choreographed by Edward Lynch, who also danced in the original production, NightLife at the Flamingo premiered in Leeds in 1983, under the Company’s first Artistic Director David Hamilton.
Originally set in an American night club, the piece integrated popular culture and modern dance performed by five dancers with scenes depicting 1940s dance hall alongside typical 1980s club dance. Widely interpreted as a positive view of black masculinity, the piece took its inspiration from pioneering African American dance team the Nicholas Brothers as well as identifying with British jazz, soul and reggae cultures.
The piece was revived in 2016 to celebrate the company’s 35th anniversary. Updated by Edward Lynch himself, it featured up to 35 dancers including current Phoenix Company Dancers, Apprentice Dancers, Phoenix Youth Academy members and former Phoenix Company Dancers.
The revival for Phoenix @ Home 2016 in September 2016 was supported by Leeds Inspired.
Performed at The West Yorkshire Playhouse 8 – 11 February 2017
Premiered: Mar 1983