Phoenix dance theatre is on a high. With new purpose-built premises in Leeds, and a charismatic director in Sharon Watson, the 10-strong ensemble is ready to take on the world. On Tuesday night, with a cold wind slicing off the sea, a small but enthusiastic crowd bundled into the Connaught theatre to catch Phoenix’s latest programme, Particle Velocity. Richard Alston’s All Alight was created for the company earlier this year, and its lyricism and quiet good manners make it a perfect opener. Set to Ravel’s Sonata
Nadine Senior, Founder of Northern School of Contemporary Dance, reflects on the incredible success of her work as a dance teacher at Harehills Middle School in the 1970s and 1980s.
In 1970, I was appointed Head of Physical Education in an all-girls high school in Leeds. Many of the girls in this inner city, multi-cultural school had behavioural problems and one of them eventually burnt the school to the ground
Harehills Middle School has been reborn as Shine – a building for start-ups, established businesses and the arts. The school’s most lasting legacy is perhaps a passion for dance in Leeds. Nadine Senior was appointed Senior PE teacher at the school during the 1970s. One result was the birth of, the now nationally renowned, Phoenix Dance Theatre and later the Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Paradise Lost, BBC2
Yorkshire Evening Post
A BBC programme portraying urban decay in Chapeltown, Leeds, received a mixed reaction in the area today. “City”, a 35-minute documentary on BBC 2 last night gave an extreme impression of life in the suburb, said a senior community relations officer. However, he praised the prominence given to the pupils at Harehills Middle School rehearsing for their production of Paradise Lost. Insp. Tom Tate, Community affairs inspector for Chapeltown said: “Overall, it showed
Stephanie Ferguson’s Viewpoint
Yorkshire Evening Post
IT COULD have been down-town Harlem or even the Brazil Carnival, but it wasn’t. The opening shots of urban decay and the smiling faces that live among it took us nearer home to Chapeltown, Leeds, in “City” (BBC-2), the first of six programmes on life in our towns. “Paradise Lost” was not the usual warts and all probe into the red light and twilight zones. Instead we saw the Tiger Bay of Leeds through the eyes of its youngest residents
Paradise Lost , BBC2
The once popular adult cliché about schooltime as the happiest days of your life was always sadly defeatist. That the old saying can sometimes contain an element of truth was poignantly illuminated last night with BBC-2’s Paradise Lost . This vivid opener of “City,” a six-part series from BBC Manchester which
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Six films about inner cities seen through the eyes of those who live and work in them.
Chapeltown in Leeds. Back-to-back housing, high unemployment and low morale; a multi-racial, often violent, example of urban decay. A group of enthusiastic 12-year olds, encouraged and guided by dedicated teacher Nadine Senior, is preparing for the school’s Christmas production, Milton’s Paradise Lost.