Mixed programme celebrates 30 years

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Kick starting the new year with the premiere of its 30th anniversary show, Phoenix Dance Theatre will perform Reflected at West Yorkshire Playhouse this month.

This mixed programme reflects three decades of innovative and narrative-led dance and consists of two world premieres by Sharon Watson and Richard Wherlock, the first UK performance of a piece by Philip Taylor and a revival of a classic duet by Lost Dog.

Set to the music of Leeds-based Mercury Music Prize nominees Wild Beasts, and performed by seven dancers, Sharon Watson;s Melt is an aerial extravaganza which merges the stage with the space above.

Ballet Basel’s Artistic Director Richard Wherlock makes his debut as a Phoenix choreographer with Switch, in which six vibrantly clad dancers in perpetual motion perform to a pulsating soundtrack by dance composer b.free.

A dramatic and emotional journey for a trio of dancers, Philip Taylor’s What It Is takes its name from one of two early Amy Winehouse songs that score the choreography.

First performed in 2006, Ben Duke and Raquel Meseguer return as Lost Dog to their confrontational duet Pave Up Paradise.

Complemented by spoken word and live acoustic arrangements of songs by Jeff Buckley, Strokes and Gomez, their piece is a witty examination of guilt, innocence and the lust for forbidden fruit, as Adam and Eve squabble over who was to blame for their loss of Paradise.

Reflected is at WYP from January 26 to 29. For tickets contact the box office on 0113 2137700.