Dancers defy gravity with performance

Dancers from Phoenix Dance prepare for their latest show Triple Bill. PIC: Tom Arber
Dancers from Phoenix Dance prepare for their latest show Triple Bill. PIC: Tom Arber
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Dancers in Leeds are defying gravity for their latest show to mark more than three decades of dance.

Yorkshire’s world-class contemporary dance theatre company Phoenix Dance are putting in their final preparations ahead of their next show Triple Bill.

It will open at West Yorkshire Playhouse on Wednesday until February 20 before it starts its tour.

From small beginnings in inner-city Leeds, Phoenix Dance Theatre is now the UK’s longest standing contemporary dance company outside of London.

In celebration of their 35 year anniversary, Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Triple Bill includes two new commissions to celebrate the diversity and collaboration for which the company has become internationally known.

Phoenix Dance Theatre was formed in 1981 by David Hamilton, Donald Edwards and Vilmore James.

Phoenix, which is based in Quarry Hill, has performed in America, Western Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

The company collaborates with international artists on a regular basis.

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