Phoenix Dance Theatre will perform special pop-up performances throughout the Thackray Museum
of Medicine this Saturday, 11 November, as part of its inaugural Community Engagement Tour.
People who live or work in the Harehills or Burmatofts areas of Leeds can enjoy these performances
for free as the Thackray are extending their Harehills Monday offer to include the performance day.
As part of its first annual Community Engagement Tour, the company is excited to build a new
relationship with the Thackray. By bringing dance to non-traditional performance spaces like the
Museum of Medicine it can demonstrate the power of dance to transform our surroundings and
enrich our lives in an extraordinary way. Phoenix believes that great art is created through diversity –
diversity of its company and staff, its programming AND its audiences.
Throughout the afternoon Phoenix’s company of professional dancers will present pop-up
performances at various locations across the museum, including a very different type of theatre – a
19th century operating theatre – and on Disease Street, the Thackray’s grimy recreation of Victorian
Leeds. They will be performing excerpts from Dane Hurst’s Requiem and an exclusive excerpt from
choreographer Miguel Altunaga’s new work currently in development for the company.
Performances are free for anyone who lives in Harehills of Burmantofts – simply bring along proof of
address. Otherwise, the performances are offered free as part of the general admission price for the
museum. Tickets last 12 months so visitors can visit as often as you like for a whole year.