Doncaster theatre return visit by top dance troupe

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The first dance company to grace the stage at Cast in Doncaster nearly 18 months ago, Phoenix Dance Theatre are back with a new show.

The performance features new work by artistic director Sharon Watson, Caroline Finn and a double bill by Christopher Bruce.

From small beginnings in inner-city Leeds, Phoenix Dance Theatre has grown to be one of the UK’s leading contemporary dance companies.

For over three decades Phoenix has performed, educated and inspired people across the globe, performing in the US, Western Europe, South America, the Caribbean.

The group returns to Doncaster next Wednesday, bringing international quality dancers and choreographers.

The evening commences with a double bill by one of the world’s leading figures in dance, former artistic director of Rambert Dance Christopher Bruce.

Shadows is a brand new work created especially for Phoenix Dance Theatre and Shift is a restaging of Bruce’s energetic study of life in the 1940s.

This is the first time that Phoenix has performed any of this renowned choreographer’s work.

The mixed bill also features two new pieces – TearFall by Sharon Watson and Bloom by New Adventures Choreographer Award winner Caroline Finn.

TearFall is Watson’s follow-up to her audience favourites Melt (2011) and Repetition of Change (2013), building on her exploration of tears through dance, whilst Finn’s work presents darkly comic expressions of life and humanity using a playful, quirky and highly engaging choreographic style.

Phoenix Dance Theatre are the latest high quality dance company that Cast has managed to attract since it opened in September 2013. The Doncaster venue has welcomed work from hip-hop artists Boy Blue and Breakin’ Convention, as well numerous other ballet and contemporary companies such as Verve, the award winning Ultima Vez and Ballet Lorent.

In their current season the venue also welcomes back Northern Ballet with Madame Butterfly and Perpetuum Mobile (May 21-23) and resident Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance on (June `11).

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