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Phoenix Dance Theatre: 40th Birthday Celebration Gala

  • Venue: Quarry Theatre
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Phoenix Dance Theatre present a special one-off Birthday Celebration Gala to mark 40 years since the Company was founded in Leeds.  

Phoenix Dance Theatre will perform excerpts from two iconic works from the Company’s illustrious history as well as welcoming a host of special guest performances from celebrated and award-winning artists and dance companies from around the UK.

Phoenix dancers will be joined by students from the prestigious Northern School of Contemporary Dance to reprise former Artistic Director, Sharon Watson’s ground-breaking Windrush: Movement of the People. Windrush tells the story of the arrival of passenger ship SS Empire Windrush, bringing with it the first Caribbean migrants to the UK.

Heart of Chaos, choregraphed by former Artistic Director Darshan Singh Bhuller, explosively brings to the stage the story of boxer Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion of the world, who challenged the segregated sport and white America in the era of Jim Crow and the Jazz Age.

Audiences will also be treated to an array of performances from acclaimed guest artists including Northern Ballet, Company Chameleon, DeNada Dance Theatre, Scottish Ballet, Mark Bruce Company, ACE dance and music, FUBUNATION, and Yorke Dance Project, who will also be joined by guest artists from The Royal Ballet.

Dane Hurst, Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre: “The 40th Birthday Celebration Gala is a celebration of the impact and legacy of Phoenix Dance Theatre and a salute to the enduring power and relevance of dance within arts and culture. The Gala will feature performances from artists and companies from around the country, all coming together to share and celebrate the incredible depth, breadth, and diversity of dance today. For one night only audiences will get to see some of the best dance artists from around the UK coming together under one roof at the Leeds Playhouse. It promises to be an unforgettable evening in celebration of 40 years of dance.” 

Don’t miss this eclectic and celebratory evening of dance!



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Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Socially Distanced

A guaranteed socially distanced performance provides seating with additional space between bubbles to allow appropriate social distancing.

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  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Socially Distanced - Socially Distanced
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