THEY are established favourites with Huddersfield audiences thanks to their powerful, passionate dance style.
Phoenix Dance return to the LBT next week with two nights of performance which include a world premiere by the company’s artistic director, Venezuelan choreographer Javier De Frutos, and a trio of other pieces.
It is 26 years since the fledgling Phoenix Dance emerged from its inner city roots in Leeds to become one of the country’s leading contemporary dance companies.
It was exciting, innovative dance and remains that way today.
The company, though still rooted firmly in Leeds, tours nationally and internationally.
It is back from the Venice Biennale International Arts Festival, where it won huge acclaim.
De Frutos trained as a dancer in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, but has been based in London for the past decade.
He joined Phoenix last year.
He stepped into the considerable shoes of Darshan Singh Buller, who left the company after four years at the helm.
He revitalised the company, steering it back into the international spotlight where many feel that it belongs.
Phoenix will be in Huddersfield on Wednesday and Thursday with a programme of four pieces.
One is Nopalitos, which De Frutos created last year when he was settling into the role of new company boss.
It is named after the edible pads of the prickly pear cactus used in Mexican cooking. It bursts with Mexican imagery, including the celebrations used in the country’s Day of the Dead festival.
Los Picadores, also by De Frutos, was commissioned by the Venice Biennale and uses Stravinsky’s dramatic Les Noces (The Wedding) as a backdrop for a violent struggle between men and women, with top fight director Terry King brought in to sharpen the movement.
Perhaps the most intriguing piece of the night will be the world premiere of a work, again by De Frutos, and this time inspired by the play The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.
De Frutos admits that he has long had a passion for the work of the American writer and has spent two years researching his work in America.
The resulting dance piece is expected to tour next year.
Dance fans will be delighted to see the inclusion on the programme of Chaconne, a piece by Mexican José Limón, seen by many as a pioneer of modern dance.
He created Chaconne in the 1940s to the music of Bach. It is thought to have been danced only once outside his own company and that was by the great Mikhail Baryshnikov. So a treat indeed.
The performances begin at 7.30pm. Tickets from the box office on 01484 430528.