It is with great sadness that we learnt this weekend of the death of Moshe Romano, a distinguished dancer and for a brief period of time artistic director for Batsheva Dance Company, and rehearsal director for Robert Cohan's company London Contemporary Dance Theatre for almost the entire time from 1973 until its closure in 1994. 'Romano', as he was known to friends and colleagues, was much loved at The Place and will be greatly missed. Though very ill, he travelled to London in August to spend some time with Bob and his closest friends, returning to Tel Aviv, just nine days before he passed away.
Robert Cohan spoke to us about Romano and said;
"Since the news of his death a great many people have been celebrating Moshe Romano as a 'special person', 'one of a kind'. And that’s exactly why I chose him to be my rehearsal director for LCDT. He believed intensely in, and happily embraced Robin Howard's concept of an organisation created with love at its core. He fought strongly, but privately, whenever he felt I let artistic values bend under the weight of 'political necessity'. He did the same for all the dancers whenever he felt that they were not performing as well as he knew they could, but he did it all with care and conscience. He was also the person to be with on foreign tours, if you wanted to eat easily, as he could speak, or pretend to, any language we encountered and within a few moments had all the waiters enjoying his presence. He was and remains in my mind 'a special man.'"