Legendary choreographer Sir Robert Cohan is celebrated with an evening of world-class dance live on stage and on film.

Yorke Dance Project dancers are joined on film by guest artists from Martha Graham Dance Company and The Royal Ballet for an evening honouring the final works and enduring legacy of this eminent and much-loved artist. The performance includes:

  • Afternoon Conversations with Dancers, a series of solos performed live to music by Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds
  • An intimate conversation on the Cohan legacy hosted by Yorke Dance Project Artistic Director, Yolande Yorke-Edgell with guest artists
  • Lockdown Portraits, seven short dance films of solos by Robert Cohan performed by guest artists from The Royal Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company and Yorke Dance Project

Sir Robert Cohan (1925-2021) was an artist who changed the landscape of dance, inspiring generations of dancers, choreographers and composers. From 2013 to 2020, Cohan and the celebrated Yorke Dance Project engaged in a deep and highly productive partnership.

In autumn 2019, Cohan began choreographing what would become his final work for the stage, Afternoon Conversations with Dancers. Cohan had completed three sections of the work before the COVID-19 pandemic isolated the world. Cohan continued work on the piece via Zoom where the remaining five solo sections were completed before his passing in January 2021.

Set to music by Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds, these intimate choreographed conversations tell personal yet universal stories of isolation, loss and survival with Cohan harnessing the power of dance to express the triumph of the human spirit.

“Afternoon Conversations with Dancers was as vital and vivid as anything I saw this year… a breathtakingly beautiful reminder of the significance of dance pioneer Robert Cohan.” – Sarah Crompton, Top 5 Dance Events of 2021, The Guardian

As lockdown continued and the stage premiere of Afternoon Conversations continued to be postponed, Cohan, Yolande Yorke-Edgell, artistic director of Yorke Dance Project, and award-winning documentary filmmaker David Stewart began to re-imagine the work in different settings to create seven short, solo dance films Lockdown Portraits.

The films, which premiered to a sold-out house at the Barbican Cinema in October 2021, are performed by a celebrated cast of dancers including Dane Hurst, Jonathan Goddard, Laurel Dalley Smith (Martha Graham Dance Company), Romany Pajdak (The Royal Ballet) alongside Edd Mitton, Freya Jeffs and Yolande Yorke-Edgell.

Connecting to Cohan also includes an intimate conversation with Yorke-Edgell and other artists who worked with Cohan discussing the timeless power of his enduring legacy.

Tickets £17.50 | £14.50 Members

Running time: Approximately 90 minutes including interval


What the critics say

“It’s as if the dancers’ essence is being released from within” ★★★★ The Guardian

★★★★ Financial Times

“[Robert Cohan’s final work] Afternoon Conversations with Dancers was as vital and vivid as anything I saw this year. Connecting to Cohan was a breathtakingly beautiful reminder of the significance of dance pioneer Robert Cohan.” Sarah Crompton’s Top 5 Dance Events of 2021, The Guardian

“Cohan’s work has precision of execution and clarity of vision. It’s as if old age had imbued the choreographer with a magic scalpel. Everything extraneous is cut away, allowing the essential thought to gleam.” The Arts Desk

 


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Saturday 14 May 2022
Starts: 19:30

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