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Windrush: Movement of the People

  • Venue: Quarry Theatre
  • Duration: 1 hour and 55 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)
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Phoenix Dance Theatre presents a major new dance production for 2018 Windrush: Movement of the People, as part of their 2018 Mixed Programme. A lively celebration of the rise of multicultural Britain, Windrush spans the spirit, history and heritage of British Caribbean culture, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the arrival of SS Empire Windrush that brought the first Caribbean migrants to the UK. Choreographed by Artistic Director Sharon Watson, supported by a thrilling and diverse soundtrack, with original music Composed by Christella Litras and performed live at the West Yorkshire Playhouse by Leeds Music Ensemble.

Audiences will also be treated to Alleta Collins’ acclaimed Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No Maybe, where five dancers blend movement and voices into the beats and accents of a pulsing soundtrack; and a revival of Shadows by Christopher Bruce, now featured in the AQA GCSE dance curriculum, and described by The Times as “emotive, traumatic and weighted with memory — or is it fear?”

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Composer Christella Litras /

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British Sign Language Interpreted

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Sing Along

Sing along with the cast in this exclusive performance. Lyrics will be on screen, so you can join in as loud as you like. Open to all, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

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Parent & Baby Performance

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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
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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