The opening and closing pieces showed how skilfully Cohan responds to dancers whose training and experience are very different from the Graham-based technique on which he drew for many decades.
Tag - London Contemporary Dance school
Heralding the celebrations of Robert Cohan’s 90th anniversary year Yolande Yorke-Edgell’s enterprising company, founded in 2009, is touring a programme, Figure Ground, containing two of his works.
I'm a sucker for a children's show. The audience are just as demanding as grownups but there is the additional frisson of not knowing what they will get up to if excited... or just bored stiff.
Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…
...along with a decent whack of technical precision, the dancers and musicians peppered their performances with dashes of creative flair and energy galore.
It’s not often we get such high quality performances of live music for contemporary dance. Here their playing was wonderfully focused and alive...
...there's a strong whiff of 'experimental student' here, but there's also a good bit of talent on display.
Transitions Dance Company is a finishing school that provides a special opportunity to contextualise their dance studies and training and this year’s ensemble demonstrated a strong range of capabilities across a wide spectrum of skill sets.
Funding is my biggest frustration. Compared to others, we receive peanuts. We have to strip everything back. That can be healthy – forcing me to scrutinise why I want something and concentrating on production values.
This is the 19th LCB production and a remarkable total of 7,500 children have auditioned over this time, with just 669 making it into the company...
People talk about wanting to get new and younger audiences in for dance and this was really a great way of achieving it.
...it’s remarkable how satisfying the old-fashioned virtues of structure and form can be.
Alston is going to develop Isthmus, thank goodness, as soon as he has the opportunity – it’s a stunner.
And the four Finalists are: h2dance (Hannah Gillgren and Heidi Rustgaard), Riccardo Buscarini, Rick Nodine, Eva Recacha. Congrats to all, more details in the press release.
Bob Lockyer must be truly proud of his birthday gift: not a dud amongst the commissions he has brought about, sending three young choreographers on their way to a promising future.
They all get a grade A pass from the ROH2 finishing school; with a little more attention to the fine detail, tightening up the concept and allowing more dance to flow, it would have been a full house of A stars.
The Place Robin Howard Dance Theatre is holding a special night of dance celebrating Bob Lockyer, one of the major players in the development and establishment of dance in the UK, on the occasion of his 70th birthday.
Taking notes at a performance by Richard Alston's dancers is - for me, at least - a pointless occupation. Descriptive words and points of reference fly past in an unending stream, like Canada Geese migrating for the winter: start writing and you are never likely to stop!