Sir Robert Cohan CBE: Beyond the M25

At the Riley Theatre

sir robert cohan cbe: beyond the m25
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Friday 7th June 2024
6pm - 7.30pm
Riley Theatre

Join us for an evening of celebration as we honour the legacy of a true pioneer – Sir Robert Cohan CBE.

Often referred to as the founding father of British contemporary dance, Cohan passed away at the age of 95 in 2021. This evening will kickstart events and performances in the UK celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth. The evening will provide an opportunity to reflect, reconnect and commemorate his impact.

Founding Artistic Director of London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Cohan’s influence continues to be felt across the country, beyond the capital. Cohan was a source of great inspiration and support for Nadine Senior MBE, founding Principal of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and his legacy lives on through NSCD, The Place and other dance institutions throughout the UK and abroad.

The evening includes a reworking of Forest, first conceived in Yorkshire and first performed by LCDT in April 1977. Here it will be performed by a cast of NSCD students and dancers from Phoenix Dance Theatre.

Hosted in partnership with the Sir Robert Cohan Dance Legacy (RCDL).

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About Sir Robert Cohan CBE

Born in New York in 1925, Cohan joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1947 and moved to London in 1968 to assume the role of founding Artistic Director of The Place and the London Contemporary Dance Theatre, consequently changing the course of British dance forever. He was a passionate advocate and ambassador for contemporary dance and worked tirelessly to develop and expand audiences for dance around the world. He nurtured multiple generations of dancers and choreographers and his works continue to inspire.