“It’s as if the dancers essence is being released from within.”


An evening celebrating Sir Robert Cohan’s final work live on stage and on film including a discussion with guest artists on how the work was made and the legacy that remains.

Sir Robert Cohan, co-founder of The Place, created his final work Afternoon Conversations with Dancers almost entirely over Zoom during lockdown. Set to music by Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnolds, these intimate, choreographed conversations tell personal yet universal stories of isolation, loss and survival.

A live performance of the work and a discussion of Cohan’s legacy will be followed by a screening of Lockdown Portraits, a film of seven solos from Afternoon Conversations with Dancers, directed by celebrated filmmaker David Stewart.

Acclaimed dancers from Yorke Dance Project, The Royal Ballet and Martha Graham Dance Company embody Cohan’s unique choreography, movement that speaks to us all.