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 Post subject: Phoenix Dance - Spring Tour 2004
PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2004 12:26 pm 

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Press release

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<small>‘Signal’ by Henri Oguike</small>


Continuing their commitment to creating diverse new repertoire, Phoenix Dance Theatre will premiere three new works as part of a mixed bill in spring 2004 titled ‘04’. With the support of Visiting Arts and The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Phoenix have commissioned Rui Horta to create a work for the company. ‘04’ will also premiere work by Maresa von Stockert and Henri Oguike, both recipients of the prestigious Jerwood Choreography Award. Rui Horta and Maresa Von Stockert’s work will each feature commissioned music.

Phoenix Artistic Director, Darshan Singh Bhuller will present the reworking of a duet from his previous work, Source; ‘Source 2’ will feature projected images of the two dancers and will include approximately four minutes of full nudity.

ONE: ‘Signal’ by Henri Oguike (15-20 minutes)
Henri Oguike is renowned for his vigorous, intricate choreography and strong sense of musicality. His work explores the relationship between dance, music and lighting, creating a visual and aural spectacle. His choreography responds to the themes and moods of the music, using intricate footwork that often marks out the time and punctuates elements of the score.
Music: Japanese Taiko drums, plus other traditional Japanese music
Lighting: Lucy Carter
Costumes: Elizabeth Baker. Blood red tops, black shorts
Dancers: Five male and female members of the company

TWO: ‘Can You See You Me’ by Rui Horta (25 minutes)
Rui Horta creates dance pieces with a strong sense of space and form, often using architecture as his influence. His work is dramatic and visually powerful. All elements of ‘Can You See You Me’ have been designed by Rui himself – lighting, film and set as well as choreography. The piece explores the idea of personal limits and is inspired by the music of the great Jimi Hendrix, an artist who arguably pushed himself to the extreme.
Phoenix’s commission of Rui Horta is supported by an award from The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Visiting Arts and a partnership with the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Yorkshire Dance.
The Phoenix dancers will work with Rui at his base in Portugal to develop the new work. Rui will also run a residency with students of the NSCD and a master class at the Yorkshire Dance Centre.
Music: Jimi Hendrix and Portuguese composer, Tiago Miguel Garcia Cerqueira
Lighting: Rui Horta
Costumes: tbc
Dancers: Two male, two female

THREE: ‘Source 2’ by Darshan Singh Bhuller (8.5 minutes)
Darshan Singh Bhuller has developed ‘Source 2’ from the male/female duet in his previous work, Source, which used, as its inspiration, the theme of humankind’s reliance on water and the potential depletion of that natural resource. Darshan was inspired to rework the duet by photographic images of the dancers by Anthony Crickmay whose images were, in turn, inspired by the choreography of Source. The photographic images will be projected onto a screen while the duet is being performed; the images are edited and arranged so that they complement and enhance the live performance onstage. ‘Source 2’ contains approximately four minutes of full nudity near the beginning.
Music: The Answered Unanswered Questions opus by György Kurtág
Lighting: Ed Railton
Costumes: Darshan Singh Bhuller
Dancers: Duet for male and female
Suitability: The company do not specify an age restriction but given the inclusion of nudity, they ask adults who are booking on behalf of minors to consider their maturity when booking tickets.

FOUR: ‘polystyrene dreams’ by Maresa von Stockert (25 minutes)
Maresa von Stockert’s work is witty, theatrical and darkly humorous and, although abstract, uses props. Her piece for Phoenix will continue to develop her surreal style and will draw on theatrical, comic and silent film traditions, as well as her skills as a choreographer. Set in a bizarre toy factory, suggested by the use of flexible tables and chairs, and a flamboyant scattering of toys, dolls and packing materials. The grind of daily life strips the workers of their humanity, which they express only when they break out into the world of their imagination.
Music: Commissioned from Jeremy Cox, who has previously collaborated on projects with Maresa including the recent Beyond Seven Seas and Nightmares in Black & Green. In keeping with the industrial setting, the music will contain factory sound effects, which will be juxtaposed with classical interludes as the dancers escape into fantasy.
Lighting: Ed King
Set/Costumes: Suzie Holmes. The dancers will wear uniforms which, at first glance, will look utilitarian, but will have subtle features, used to comic effect.
Dancers: Full company of nine dancers.

February 18th-21st Leeds, West Yorkshire Playhouse
March 3rd- 4th Nottingham Playhouse
March 8th-10th York Theatre Royal
March 22nd-23rd Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre
April 1st Brecon, Theatr Brycheiniog
April 21st Swindon, Wyvern Theatre
April 26th-27th Durham, Gala Theatre
May 7th-9th London, Sadler’s Wells
May 14th-15th Dundee Rep Theatre
May 18th Huddersfield, Lawrence Batley Theatre
May 21st-22nd Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music
May 28th-29th High Wycombe, Wycombe Swan

Wed 18 – Sat 21 February
West Yorkshire Playhouse
(7.30pm eves & 2pm Saturday Matinee)
Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill,
Leeds LS2 7UP
0113 213 7700
Book online
Tickets £9.50 - £17, plus discounts

Wed 3 – Thu 4 March, 8pm
Nottingham Playhouse
Wellington Circus, Nottingham NG1 5AF
0115 941 9419
Book online
Tickets £5 - £13, plus concs

Mon 8 – Wed 10 March, 7.30pm
York Theatre Royal
St Leonard’s Place, York Y01 7HD
01904 623 568
Tickets £11 - £15, plus concessions

Mon 22 – Tue 23 March, 7.45pm
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 1DA
0114 249 6000
Tickets £8.50 - £16.50, plus concessions

Thu 1 April, 7.45pm
Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon
Canal Wharf, Brecon LD3 7EW
01874 611 622
Tickets £10.50 - £12.50, plus concessions

Wed 21 April, 8pm
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
Theatre Square, Swindon SN1 1QN
01793 524 481
Tickets £9 - £11, plus concessions

Mon 26 – Tue 27 April, 7.30pm
Gala Theatre, Durham
Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA
0191 332 4041
Tickets £12.50, plus concessions

Fri 7 – Sun 9 May
Sadler’s Wells
(Fri & Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5pm)
Rosebery Avenue, Islington, London EC1
0870 7377 737
Book online
Tickets £9 - £22, plus concessions

Fri 14 – Sat 15 May, 8pm
Dundee Rep Theatre
Tay Square, Dundee, DD1 1PB
01382 223 530
Tickets £5.75 - £10, plus concessions

Tue 18 May, 7.30pm
Lawrence Batley Theatre
Queen’s Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SP
01484 430 528
Tickets £8.50, plus concessions

Fri 21 – Sat 22 May, 7.30pm
The Bruntwood Theatre,
Royal Northern College of Music
Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD
0161 907 5555
Tickets £7 - £9, plus concessions

Fri 28 – Sat 29 May, 7.30pm
Wycombe Swan
St Mary Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2XE
01494 512 000
Book online
Tickets £5 - £15

<small>[ 21 January 2004, 05:42 PM: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>

 Post subject: Re: Phoenix Dance - Spring Tour 2004
PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2004 3:15 pm 

Joined: Sun Oct 24, 1999 11:01 pm
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Location: London, England; Tallinn, Estonia
Phoenix Dance have quickly forged a reputation for fine ensemble dancing. The commitment and skill of their young dancers leaps off the stage and Darshan Singh Bhuller has worked wonders since he took over the Company.

<small>[ 21 January 2004, 04:15 PM: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>

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