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Yorke Dance Project celebrates 20 years of performing inspiring dance by past masters and emerging artists from the UK and USA. This celebratory programme features works by world renowned choreographers Kenneth MacMillan and Robert Cohan alongside emerging Los Angeles choreographer Sophia Stoller with a commissioned score by Justin Scheid. Completing the programme is a new work by artistic director Yolande Yorke-Edgell

TWENTY features MacMillan’s Playground, its first restaging since its premiere at the 1979 Edinburgh Festival, performed to music by Gordon Crosse. Costumes and set will be reimagined by Charlotte MacMillan, the choreographer’s daughter. Also featured is Cohan’s Communion set to music by Nils Frahm and designed by Cohan’s collaborator from London Contemporary Dance Theatre, John B Read.  Completing the programme are Within and Between, a Cohan Collective commission from Stoller and composer Justin Scheid and Yorke-Edgell’s Imprint. Imprint reflects upon Yorke-Edgell’s personal experience of working with dance legends Richard Alston, Bella Lewtizky and Robert Cohan.

Programme Credits

Between and Within

(Cohan Collective Los Angeles Commission)

Choreography by Sophia Stoller

Lighting Design by Zeynep Kepekli
Music by Jusin Scheid
Violin Kaija Hansen
Cello Sydney Moss

Performed by Edd Mitton, Freya Jeffs, Dane Hurst, Abigail Attard Montalto


Choreography by Yolande Yorke-Edgell

Lighting Design by Zeynep Kepekli
Music by J.S. Bach, Heiner Goebbels, Kenneth Hesketh, Max Richter remix of Vivaldi

Performed by Edd Mitton, Ben Warbis, Freya Jeffs, Jordi Calpe Serrats, Dane Hurst, Hannah Kidd


Choreography by Robert Cohan

Lighting Design by John B. Read
Music by MuOM, Barcelona Overtone Singing Choir, Nils Frahm

Performed by Jonathan Goddard, Oxana Panchenko, Edd Mitton, Ben Warbis, Freya Jeffs, Jordi Calpe Serrats, Dance Hurst, Abigail Attard Montalto, Hannah Kidd, Laurel Daley Smith.


(Originally performed by Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet 1979. Supported by Auerbach and Steele.)

Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan

Music by Gordon Crosse
Orchestral Programming by Ed Watkins
Mixed by Jonathan Allen
Produced by Paul Campbell for Studio Orchestrations
Lighting Reimagined by Zeynep Kepekli
Reconstructed and Restaged from Grant Coyle’s original Benesh Notation by Jane Elliott
Coached by Susie Crow, Stephen Wicks
Original costume and set design Yolanda Sonnabend
Costume and set re imagined by Charlotte MacMillan

Performed by
The Youth Jordi Calpe Serrats/Jonathan Goddard
Girl with make-up Oxana Panchenko/Romany Pajdak
Dancers Ben Warbis, Freya Jeffs, Dane Hurst, Abigail Attard Montalto, Ellie Ferguson with Saphire Sumpter, Amelia Holdsworth, Tom O’Gorman, Ciaran Oakley and Joshua Freedman from Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance

Special thanks to the MacMillan Trust, Birmingham Royal Ballet and The Royal Ballet for their support with the revival of Playground. Playground (Ballet) by Gordon Crosse © Oxford University Press 1979. Performed by arrangement with Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.