Robert Cohan, The Place's founding Artistic Director, receives tributes, awards and gifts for his lifetime of achievement in dance
Following the performance in honour of Robert Cohan at Sadler’s Wells on Monday 9 May, Robert Cohan was presented with the National Dance Awards special committee prize in recognition of his lifetime’s achievement in dance. The award was presented by Dame Beryl Grey on behalf of the Critics’ Circle.
This prize is the latest honour for Cohan in the year of his eightieth birthday, and caps a weekend of events organised by The Place for this anniversary.
Ian Fisher, Chair of The Place, opened the celebrations by announcing The Place’s birthday present for Cohan: new bursaries to support the training of six talented young dancers over the next six years at London Contemporary Dance School. The weekend continued with a study day at The Place exploring the full range of Cohan’s work and legacy.
In the programmes for the Sadler’s Wells performance that brought the weekend to a rousing close, Clement Crisp, dance critic of the Financial Times, wrote:
“Robert Cohan’s was the power, the knowledge, the skill, the sheer persistence and the dedication that found how contemporary dance might be made to flourish in a new land.”
Richard Alston, one of Cohan’s original students at The Place and now his successor as Artistic Director, said:
“Dancers and dance lovers of every generation have come together this weekend to share and celebrate the work of Robert Cohan. Through his bursaries, another new generation will benefit and draw inspiration from this extraordinary man, and that seems to be the perfect way for us to say: ‘Happy Birthday, Bob’.”
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Robert Cohan CBE, previously a principal dancer with and Co-Director of the Martha Graham Company in New York, joined The Place as founding Artistic Director in 1967. He established London Contemporary Dance School and London Contemporary Dance Theatre, a company he remained closely associated with until its closure in 1994. He continues to serve on The Place’s Board of Governors.
The Place is London’s leading international centre of excellence in the development of contemporary dancers and dance-makers. The extraordinary range of its activities includes the London Contemporary Dance School, Richard Alston Dance Company and the Robin Howard Dance Theatre, alongside pioneering education and outreach projects, and research and development opportunities for professional dance artists.