The Phoenix Dance Theatre, like the name suggests, has had its fair share of rebirths.
In its 28-year history the revered group has burnt out and resurfaced at least half a dozen times.
Currently in a trough after losing their artistic director Javier De Frutos in summer, lead soloist Dane Hurst (pictured) is determined to dance his way into history at the Richmond Theatre.
Only the great Mikhail Baryshnikov has attempted choreographer Jose Limon's 13-minute solo on British soil, more than 60 years ago. "The piece is about the power of the music," Dane says. "I don't want to emulate what's been done, it's such a personal struggle just to finish the solo."
Entitled Chaconne, it is performed by a single violinist, with Dane mirroring each vibration of the string with his body. The solo will be part of a bigger picture, with five performances - old and new - designed to show LimonÕs influence on contemporary dance throughout the ages.
Dane Hurst and the Phoenix Dance Theatre perform at the Richmond Theatre, The Green, on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 11/12. Suitable for ages 11 and up. £12-21. 7.45pm. Call 08700 606 651. See www.theambassadors.com