May 14, 2022 to May 14, 2022
An evening celebrating Sir Robert Cohan’s final work live on stage and on film including a discussion with guest artists on how the work was made and the legacy that remains.
Robert Cohan created his final work Afternoon Conversations with Dancers almost entirely over Zoom.
Set to music by Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnolds, these five 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.
Created during lockdown, Cohan utilised the time of isolation to film each solo on location to create a series of portraits with the dancers.
Lockdown Portraits is now a film of seven solos directed by acclaimed documentary maker David Stewart.
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
★★★★ 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
The Mill, Spiceball Park, Banbury