Phoenix Dance Company: Calyx 1
Internationally acclaimed dance group heading for The Civic Theatre
Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Mixed Programme 2017 brings the internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company to Barnsley, showcasing three engaging works which promise to form a gripping evening of beautiful storytelling through movement.
Named ‘Best Premiere’ as part of the Critics’ Choice in this month’s Dance Europe Magazine, Calyx, the first of three dances, is choreographed by Company Dancer Sandrine Monin; the company’s very first internal commission under the directorship of Sharon Watson. Phoenix Dance Theatre are championing female choreographers at a time when female choreographers are in the minority, often expressing difficulties in developing their careers. Sandrine’s piece is inspired by and based on the book of poems ‘The Flowers of Evil’ by Charles Baudelaire. This beautiful new work explores the themes of beauty, desire and decadence.
With a live microphone at its heart, Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No Maybe by Aletta Collins, sees five dancers blend movement and voices to create a uniquely witty piece of dance. Teasing and playful but full of attitude, the work is set to a score by composers Street Furniture that transforms the dancers’ voices into the beats and accents of a pulsing soundtrack.
To complete the programme the company present Beast by Leeds based choreographer and ex company dancer Douglas Thorpe. Beast immerses the audience into the darkest reaches of the mind, using six dancers in a performance that is as powerful and brutal as it is beautiful. Exploring the darker side of the human psyche, Beast’s broken choreography requires extreme strength and articulation, giving the piece an often disjointed and fragmented look. Intimidating and uncompromising, this challenging piece is an unforgettable, captivating piece of theatre.
'the Leeds-based company can pride itself on being one of Britain’s most enduring dance institutions [...] it’s never lost sight of its underlying brand – mixing the popular mainstream with the unexpected and unpredictable.' – The Guardian
Don’t miss your opportunity to see the leading Northern forerunner in contemporary dance at The Civic this season.
Phoenix Dance Mixed Programme 2017 is at The Civic on Friday 17 November at 7:30pm. Tickets are £14 | £12 conc