Yorke Dance Project has recently completed their celebrated tour of Rewind Forward. Following a sold-out preview performance at the Royal Opera House’s Clore Studio Upstairs, Rewind Forward delighted audiences around the country with performances in Frome, Winchester, Bournemouth, Banbury, Leeds, Chester, Derby and London.
Rewind Forward (formerly titled Inspirit) places revivals of masterworks by Kenneth MacMillan and Robert Cohan alongside three new works by Cohan, company artistic director Yolande Yorke-Edgell and Royal Ballet’s Young Artist in Residence, Charlotte Edmonds.
Audiences and reviewers alike have been unanimously excited by the work:
“An accomplished evening of new and established work by an ambitious, energetic young company.”
★★★★ Everything Theatre
“Yorke Dance Project is independent, imaginative, worthwhile.”
★★★★ Clement Crisp, Financial Times
“Yorke Dance Project is unusual among small modern dance companies, in its respect for musicality and for the demands it makes for skilled partnering. Yorke-Edgell is bringing back to life a repertoire of valuable works that are now rarely seen, as well as assisting the development of choreographers through mentoring schemes: an admirable endeavour…”
Jan Parry, Dance Tabs
The programme included a rare reconstruction of Kenneth MacMillan’s Hamlet-inspired, chamber ballet Sea of Troubles, created in 1988 for Dance Advance, an ensemble of former members of the Royal Ballet. Alongside MacMillan’s work was a “re-authored” version of Robert Cohan’s 1979 work Songs, Lamentations and Praises. Using material from the original choreography Cohan, now 92 years old, created a sumptuous new work called Twilight, danced by the entire company to music by Vivaldi. The programme also included Cohan’s Lacrymosa, a duet set to music by Dmitri Yanov-Yavovsky.
For the second time, the company presented a new work by Charlotte Edmonds. With support from the PRS Foundation, YDP commissioned Edmonds and composer Donna McKevitt to create a new work following their participation in the company’s 2015 Cohan Collective. Their dance, Self, inspired by the famous trip from MacMillan’s ballet Manon.
The programme concluded with artistic director Yolande Yorke-Edgell’s mysterious and emotionally charged Untethered, choreographed for the entire company to music by the string quartet Brooklyn Rider.