A great review for Phoenix: Phoenix Dance Theatre
By Stephanie Ferguson for The Guardian
After nearly two years away from the dance scene Phoenix has risen again in its most impressive form yet. Like the company's new logo - tongues of flame and shooting sparks - the action is hot and full of physical pyrotechnics, with a crackling energy and confident assurance that bodes well.
Artistic director Darshan Singh Bhuller has chosen highly individual dancers for the spring tour and the triple bill from prize-winning Fin Walker, Jeremy Nelson and Bhuller was an impressive showcase for their talents.
Bhuller's Requiem was another of his piercing pieces of social observation. A child goes missing from a shopping mall and a family is torn apart, but the parents are finally united in their grief. click for more
But, Donald Hutera doesn't agree: Limping from the ashes
By Donald Hutera for The Times
FEW arts organisations are so aptly named as Phoenix Dance Theatre. Founded in inner-city Leeds in 1981, the company grew from a small, vibrant all-male outfit into one of Britain’s more prominent multicultural, mixed-gender contemporary dance troupes.
Now, after a period of financial and creative crisis that essentially ground activities to a halt, Phoenix has risen from the ashes. Last week’s home-town relaunch also kick-started a British tour that finishes on May 9.
The new artistic director Darshan Singh Bhuller’s inaugural triple bill runs a gamut from Jeremy Nelson’s abstract curtain-raiser The Fact That It Goes Up to Bhuller’s own ambitious dramatic narrative Requiem. But it was only Fin Walker’s short, sharp jolt of a male duet, Me & You, that both tantalised and satisfied. click for more