PHOENIX DANCE THEATRE Press Release
Javier De Frutos announced as new Artistic Director
Nadine Senior, Chair of Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of multi award-winning choreographer Javier De Frutos as the new Artistic Director of Phoenix. She said:
“We were extremely impressed by the skills, experience and vision that Javier De Frutos brings to the role of Artistic Director. This is an outstanding appointment which will build on the standards already achieved by Darshan Singh Bhuller and will take Phoenix forward into an exciting future.”
Javier becomes the sixth Artistic Director of Phoenix, which in 2006 is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Speaking about his appointment Javier today said:
“I feel not only very honoured but very fortunate by this appointment, one that invites me to be a proud part of the history of this great dance institution. Darshan’s leaving the company in such extraordinary shape, more than getting the job, I feel I’ve been given a gift and I can’t wait to unwrap it.”
Javier will commence his new post in August 2006
USA Tour 2006 – March 28 to April 30
With the support of British Council, USA, the first Phoenix tour of the USA in 10 years commences at Montclair University, New Jersey on March 28 and concludes at California State University, Los Angeles on April 29. En route to Los Angeles, the company will perform in Washington DC, Nashville and Cincinnati.
The tour repertoire includes both Darshan Singh Bhuller’s searing and poignant Planted Seeds and a triple bill featuring Signal by Henri Oguike, Forest by Robert Cohan and Eng-er-land by Darshan Singh Bhuller.
Following the conclusion of the US tour, Darshan Singh Bhuller stands down as Artistic Director of the company. Appointed in February 2002, he has, over four outstanding years, completely revitalised Phoenix and helped to restore the company’s international reputation as one of the UK’s leading repertory touring companies. Speaking about his successor Javier De Frutos, Darshan said
“For many years, I have had the greatest respect for Javier as an artist; having seen him work with Phoenix on the creation of Nopalitos, I feel the company will respond well to his leadership. This is a prestigious appointment which shows how far Phoenix has developed and will help the company move onto the next stage of its development; I am delighted to be leaving Phoenix in such safe hands.”
Spring UK Tour 2006 – until June 28
In Spring 2006, Phoenix’s diverse mixed bill, Stories in Red, continues to tour the UK. Stories in Red features Nopalitos, the latest work by Javier De Frutos, Snow White in Black by Arthur Pita, Darshan Singh Bhuller’s solo Laal and Pave up Paradise from rising stars Lost-Dog (Ben Duke and Raquel Meseguer).
Wed 17 – Sat 20 May West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds 0113 213 7700
Tue 6 June The Lowry, Salford Quays 0870 787 5793
Thu 8 June Hull New Theatre 01482 226655
Tue 13 June Wyvern Theatre, Swindon 01793 524 481
Tue 20 & Wed 21 June Sheffield Lyceum 0114 249 6000
Tue 27 & Wed 28 June Theatre Royal, York 01904 623 568
The works by Javier De Frutos and Arthur Pita were co-commissioned by Phoenix Dance Theatre and Sadler’s Wells.