Phoenix Dance Theatre and The Harry Guntripp Psychotherapy Trust present


Phoenix and The Harry Guntripp Psychotherapy Trust are delighted to offer a unique multi-media conference – including dance, clinical presentation, film and audience discussion – which examines the relationship of mind and body – ‘mindbody’. Through live performance and interviews between psychotherapist Caroline Owens and Phoenix artists, the day will explore the ways that our ‘mindbody’ creates and expresses movement within ourselves and others.

The conference centres on a performance of Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Ki – a highly physical piece about Genghis Kahn’s powerful charisma and the strength of will which allowed him to lead thousands of fanatical followers – and a clinical presentation about a 13-year old boy who, as the result of a hit-and-run accident, was left paraplegic but through using ‘mindbody’ was able to project his will onto others, orchestrating his life through them. This invigorating day of discussion and interaction will look at the ways in which ‘mindbody’ is emotional, physical, spiritual and how that energy passes through us and to others. The panels will draw out the themes of 'personal power and personal ability' and 'personal suffering and disability' and examine how they are expressed within the 'mindbody'.


10 – 10.30: Coffee and Registration

Morning Session – Ki: 10.30 – midday

The morning session begins with a performance of Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Ki by dancer Josh Wille. Following the performance there will be a discussion panel with Josh about the work, facilitated by Consultant Psychotherapist Caroline Owens and Phoenix Rehearsal Director Tracy Tinker. There will also be a chance to ask questions and for open discussion.

12.00 – 1.30: Lunch Break – please note lunch is not provided, however the venue is just 10 minutes’ walk from Leeds’ busy shopping centre.

Afternoon Session – ‘mindbody’: 1.30 – 2.45

The focus for the afternoon session is Caroline Owens’ paper Moved to Tears. Following a presentation by Owens she will discuss the issues with Phoenix dancer Phil Sanger – examining the concept of ‘mindbody’.

2.45 – 3.15: Afternoon Coffee Break

3.15 – 4.00: Closing thoughts

To finish the event there will be a screening of rehearsal footage of Phoenix’s latest work by renowned European choreographers Ivgi & Greben. This highly physical piece is broadly based on the concept of suffering and so will provide further opportunities for discussion.

Tickets: £60 full price / £30 students*

Following the conference there will be a performance in the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre of Phoenix’s latest mixed programme Phoenix @ Home. Conference attenders can get a ticket for the show for just £5. To take advantage of this deal please book your ticket at the same time.

* Please note these tickets will need to be collected from Box Office on the day of the event with proof of student ID.