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Figure Ground

Figure Ground is Yorke Dance Project’s exciting full-length programme which began touring in January 2015. Figure Ground is comprised of work by three generations of choreographers: Charlotte Edmonds, a 17 year-old choreographer has made her first work for a professional company; artistic director Yolande Yorke-Edgell who is mid career and the great choreographer and father figure for contemporary dance in Britain, Robert Cohan. This multi-generational evening of dance presents a spectrum of work that embodies the mission and strength of Yorke Dance Project.

Legendary dance-maker Robert Cohan CBE, has created Lingua Franca, a world premiere choreographed specifically for the company. A quartet, set to music by JS Bach, the work brings to life the eloquent and expressive movement typical of Cohan’s work. Acclaimed composer and pianist, Eleanor Alberga has composed the opening music which she performs live along with the Bach for most performances of the work.

The program also includes:

Cohan’s Canciones Del Alma, a solo originally choreographed in 1978 for Canadian dancer Susan MacPherson and now specifically reconstructed for Yolande Yorke-Edgell. Until recently, only performed once in the UK, the solo is set to songs by Geoffrey Burgon, inspired by the poems of the sixteenth-century mystic St John of the Cross, describing the soul’s journey through the noche obscura.

Unfold to Centre, choreographed by Yolande Yorke-Edgell, is a stunning re-imagining of Larry Cuba’s pioneering computer-animated film 3/78 [Objects and Transformations]. In the film, sixteen objects – each consisting of one hundred points of light – ‘perform’ a series of precisely choreographed rhythmic transformations. Unfold to Centre, into which the original film footage is integrated, is enthralling, technically complex and underwritten with a quiet humanness.

No Strings Attached was created whilst Charlotte Edmonds was the Causeway Artist in Residence with YDP. Her first professional choreography, this fast-paced ensemble work vividly expresses the sheer pleasure of movement.

When the company presented two sold-out preview performances of Figure Ground at the Lilian Baylis Studio Theatre in February 2014. The evening was described by Luke Jennings in his five-star review in The Observer as “a blazing triple bill.

The addition of Cohan’s Lingua Franca  completes the program which is accompanied by an exhibition of Cohan’s own photographs of dancers at work.

Future performances of Figure Ground will be coupled with many of Yorke Dance Project’s outreach activities including workshops, residencies, Professional Pathways and Youth Leaders programs. See Participate for more details…