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Sir Robert Cohan, co-founder of The Place, created his final work Afternoon Conversations with Dancers almost entirely over Zoom during lockdown. Set to music by Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnolds, these intimate, choreographed conversations tell personal yet universal stories of isolation, loss and survival.
A live performance of the work and a discussion of Cohan’s legacy will be followed by a screening of Lockdown Portraits, a film of seven solos from Afternoon Conversations with Dancers, directed by celebrated filmmaker David Stewart.
Acclaimed dancers from Yorke Dance Project, The Royal Ballet and Martha Graham Dance Company embody Cohan’s unique choreography, movement that speaks to us all.
★★★★★ "It's as if the dancers essence is being released from within." - The Guardian, Sarah Crompton
Duration: 1hr 45mins (including 15min interval)
Age Recommendation: 12+
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This is a live performance in The Place theatre.
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About Sir Robert Cohan
Born in New York in 1925, Sir Robert Cohan danced with the Martha Graham Company before founding London Contemporary Dance School (The Place) and London Contemporary Dance Theatre in 1967. His multi-award-winning work and teaching have been celebrated and performed around the world. In 2013, Cohan began an intensive collaboration with Yorke Dance Project with whom he also co founded the Cohan Collective. In 2019 he was awarded a knighthood and in 2020 received a lifetime achievement award from Dance UK. His final work, Afternoon Conversations with Dancers, was completed a month before his death in January 2021. Cohan’s influence on dance in Britain remains immeasurable.
Duration: 105 mins
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Spring Season 2022