Contemporary dance company brings special performance to Coliseum

INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED contemporary dance company Phoenix Dance Theatre come to Oldham Coliseum Theatre with a special performance in April.


On Tuesday 4 April, they present their 2017 Mixed Programme, a triple bill demonstrating athletic power, emotional intensity and dynamic movement.

The evening features work by Company Dancer Sandrine Monin, leading UK choreographer Aletta Collins and ex company Dancer and Leeds-based choreographer Douglas Thorpe.

Calyx is a new commission by Sandrine Monin and composer Roberto Rusconi based on poems from The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire.

It challenges traditional notions of femininity by exploring themes of beauty, decadence and eroticism, with choreography filled with evocative and powerful womanly strength.

Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No Maybe
Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No Maybe

Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No Maybe by Aletta Collins uses a live microphone and five dancers blending movement and voices to create a teasing and playful piece of dance full of attitude.

It is is set to a score by composers Street Furniture that is joined by the dancers’ voices which together drive the music and the performance.

Beast - photo by Nick Gurney
Beast (photo by Nick Gurney)

Beast by Douglas Thorpe immerses the audience into the darkest reaches of the mind, exploring the concept of choice and portraying the shocking, sometimes violent consequences that follow wrong decisions.

Using six dancers in a performance that is as powerful and brutal as it is beautiful, Beast’s choreography requires extreme strength and articulation giving the piece an often disjointed and fragmented look.

Phoenix Dance Theatre was founded in 1981 in inner-city Leeds and has grown to be one of the UK’s leading contemporary dance companies, performing across the UK and internationally in America, Western Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

‘Phoenix Dance Theatre’s 2017 Mixed Programme’ comes to Oldham Coliseum Theatre on Tuesday 4 April 2017. Tickets are £20 Full Price, £17 Concessions and £10 for Under 26s.

Tickets can be bought in person at Oldham Coliseum Theatre, by phoning 0161 624 2829 or online at


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