London Contemporary Dance Theatre

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The London Contemporary Dance Theatre (LCDT) was a contemporary dance company, based at The Place, founded by Robin Howard with Robert Cohan as its Artistic Director.

Founded in 1967, and strongly influenced by the ideas of American modern and postmodern dance artists Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham, the company was probably the first contemporary dance company in the United Kingdom, and played a pioneering role in developing the art form in that country.

Choreographers such as Siobhan Davies and Micha Bergese worked alongside composers like Barrington Pheloung to create new works which were performed at the Sadler's Wells Theatre and toured the UK and internationally.

Well-known works created by the company include:

  • Cell (1969)
  • Forest (1976)
  • Nympheas (1976)
  • Stabat Mater (1976)
  • Sphinx (1977)
  • Rainbow Bandit (1979)
  • Run Like Thunder (1983)

LCDT won the 1975 Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Achievement In Ballet and Olivier Awards on three occasions: in 1978,[1] 1989–1990[2] and 1994.[3]

The company closed in 1994 when The Place refocused its work, creating the Richard Alston Dance Company, and developing a bigger presenting programme for the Robin Howard Dance Theatre.

London Contemporary Dance School was originally conceived to train dancers for the company, and awarded its first degree in practical dance in 1982. The School is still in operation as part of The Place.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Outstanding Achievement of the Year in Ballet". Olivier Winners 1978. The Society of London Theatre. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2010. "Winner: Robert Cohan — Artistic Director, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, at Sadler's Wells" 
  2. ^ "Outstanding Achievement of the Year in Dance". Olivier Winners 1989/90. The Society of London Theatre. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2010. "Winner: London Contemporary Dance Theatre for Kim Brandstrup's Orfeo" 
  3. ^ "Outstanding Achievement in Dance". Olivier Winners 1994. The Society of London Theatre. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2010. "Winner: The dancers of the London Contemporary Dance Theatre for their season at Sadler's Wells" 

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