PDSW are incredibly proud to host the 2018 Cohan Collective Residency in Bournemouth, 29 July  – 10 August.

Hosting an event that internationally renowned choreographer Robert Cohan is contributing to as a Founder Director is a real privilege. Robert trained at the Martha Graham School and was the founder Artistic Director of The Place, London Contemporary Dance School and London Contemporary Dance Theatre. Now aged 93, he continues to share his creativity and expertise with new generations of dancers.

Robert Cohan, Artistic Director of Cohan Collective said:

“Being here in Bournemouth – it’s an ideal situation for this kind of work. The atmosphere here at PDSW is wonderful. What we’re doing on the residency is so intensive, it’s nice to be able to go out and feel the sea breeze. You can find freedom in yourself to be creative. You can just relax for a minute and let it happen.”

The Cohan Collective is a two-week residency facilitated by Yorke Dance Project in partnership with Pavilion Dance South West and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. It brings together 4 composers, 4 choreographers, 4 musicians and 12 dancers to explore the art of collaboration.

This year the artists will be mentored by choreographers Kim Brandstrup, Kate Flatt and composer Kenneth Hesketh with founding directors Robert Cohan and Eleanor Alberga leading the residency.

Zannah Doan, Chief Executive of Pavilion Dance South West said:

“Collaboration is at the heart of who we are as an organisation, so we’re very pleased to host such a unique and exciting meeting of dancers, composers, musicians and choreographers. It’s fantastic to see South West based participants such as choreographers Anna Watkins and Josh Ben-Tovim, dancer Sophie Northmore and composer Ben Oliver returning to PDSW.”

Yolande Yorke–Edgell, Artistic Director of Yorke Dance and Director of Cohan Collective commented:

“We have been so warmly welcomed into Pavilion Dance South West  – there is definitely an excited energy in the building with so many amazing artists all together. It’s wonderful to finally see all the artists at work and to be inspired by artistic directors Robert Cohan and Eleanor Alberga.”

Photo by Pari Naderi.

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