About Belonging: Loss. Legacy. Love.

5 Stars


The Times for Requiem, 2023

A dance company of world renown

Yorkshire Post, 2022

Dane Hurst has produced some of his best choreography to date

Dance Europe for Requiem

triple bill swings from tortured to tender

The Guardian, 2024

Phoenix Dance Theatre presents Belonging: Loss. Legacy. Love., a powerfully visceral and thought-provoking triple bill which explores the nuances of human experience by three exciting international dance makers.

REQUIEM (excerpts) by DANE HURST

loss /lɒs/ noun
the feeling of sadness you experience when someone or something you like is taken away from you

Former Phoenix Artistic Director Dane Hurst’s critically acclaimed Requiemis a powerful reimagining of Mozart’s awe-inspiring choral lament and an emotional response to the grief experienced by so many during the pandemic. This 5 star 'stunning' (The Times) production premiered at Leeds Grand Theatre as part of LEEDS 2023: Year of Culture.

(Please note that Requiem will be performed to recorded music).


legacy /ˈleɡ.ə.si/ noun
something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past

Miguel Altunaga’s daring new work explores mankind’s relationship to tribe and community, mythology and deity, ritual and surrealism, and how choices made by our ancestors shape our cultures as well as our very being. Set to a new score by composer David Preston.


love /lʌv/ noun
strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties

Terms of Agreement, a new creation by Artistic Director Marcus Jarrell Willis and his first work created for Phoenix, is the third work of his choreographic series, Terms of Agreement and includes original writing compositions by Tomos O’Sullivan and music by various popular artists. Illustrating scenes of varied demonstrations of love, it focuses on the more ethereal, spiritual and kismet perspectives. Terms of Agreement expands on the series’ overarching question, what is true love? Further to understanding this, once you have negotiated the terms, will you accept the agreement?

About Phoenix Dance Theatre

Phoenix Dance Theatre is proud of its heritage as a Black British dance company born in Leeds. There are few contemporary dance companies that have had the impact Phoenix has had over its more than 40-year history. Born in Leeds, Phoenix is the longest-standing contemporary dance company outside London and one of few mid-scale contemporary dance companies to employ a permanent company of professional dancers. It tours nationally and internationally whilst retaining its position as one of the key cultural organisations in Leeds and one of the UK’s leading contemporary dance companies.

Discover more about Phoenix Dance Theatre, including an interactive Virtual Gallery charting its first four decades, at phoenixdancetheatre.co.uk

Cast and Creatives

Terms of Agreement by Marcus Jarrell Willis
Choreographer: Marcus Jarrell Willis

Requiem by Dane Hurst
Choreographer: Dane Hurst

Cloudburst by Miguel Altunaga
Choreographer: Miguel Altunaga

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