Exciting Phoenix takes flight

Phoenix Dance mixed programme
Phoenix Dance mixed programme
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The world-renowned Phoenix Dance Theatre are bringing an exciting and varied programme of dance to Barnsley tomorrow.

The Leeds-based company’s Mixed Programme 2015 features a double bill by one of the most influential figures in world dance, Christopher Bruce CBE, including a new work.

Shadows was created by Christopher especially for Phoenix Dance Theatre.

It is danced to a piece of music by modern European composer Arvo Part, which Christopher said “evokes images of a European history and tradition steeped in over 1,000 years of human experience and, frequently, suffering”.

His second work is a restaging of Shift, his energetic study of life in the 1940s with echoes of munitions factory life and Charlie Chaplin’s film, Modern Times.

The dance is performed to the last movement of Swing Shift by Kenji Bunch, which has a mechanical sound.

The evening also features two pieces that premiered this year.

Phoenix artistic director Sharon Watson created Tearfall, which combines idea from science with art.

Tearfall was inspired by the exploration of the biochemical make-up of tears and how their appearance and composition is affected by different emotional states.

The fourth piece is Bloom by exciting new choreographer Caroline Finn.

Her work is often darkly comic and playful, quirkily enganging her audience.

The following night at the theatre there is a new version of the original vampire story, Nosferatu, which is based on Bram Stoker’s classic gothic novel, Dracula.

The show uses a mixture of breath-taking illusions and trickery alongside an original musical score and a libretto from Barnsley poet and Civic Champion Ian McMillan.

The new production was created by the award-winning Proper Job Theatre Company from Huddersfield.

Bram Stoker’s story describes how the ship the Demeter leaves Varna, Transylvania with a full crew. It arrives in Whitby empty except for the captain, dead, strapped to the wheel and a mysterious cargo of wooden boxes.

Nosferatu unravels the dark and chilling tale of those sailors in the last hour before the sun rises.

This production combines the beautiful poetry of Ian McMillan with the excitement and tension created by Bram Stoker’s famous story.

Phoenix Dance Theatre appear tomorrow night and Nosferatu is on Saturday.

Civic box office: http://www.barnsleycivic.co.uk/ or call 01226 327000.

Incidentally, there’s a chance to see FW Murnau’s classic 1922 silent film version of Nosferatu with a live piano score on Halloween at the old Abbeydale Picture House, Sheffield.

Tickets: http://sivtickets.com/event/nosferatu