Robert Cohan in rehearsal with Yorke Dance Project ©Pari Naderi

Insights: Heritage Matters?

11 May 2020
Linbury Theatre

This event has been cancelled as the Royal Opera House is currently closed. Find out about other cancelled performances and how you can donate the cost of your ticket, exchange for a voucher or claim a refund here.

The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Yorke Dance Project celebrate British choreographic heritage in the Royal Ballet Heritage programme in the Linbury Theatre. Insight events and screenings explore British ballet heritage and the works of Frederick Ashton, Ninette de Valois and Kenneth MacMillan, including live rehearsals of a ballet reconstruction, panel discussions and screenings of historical films.

In this Insight, Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare talks to Robert Cohan, founder of London Contemporary Dance Theatre and first Artistic Director of The Place, about the importance of maintaining heritage works and how their innovation can inspire new choreography today. This special event also forms part of Cohan’s 95th birthday celebrations.

Suitable for ages 14+

Advanced level; suitable for knowledgeable enthusiasts.

Supported by


and The Paul Hamlyn Education Fund


There is lift access from the main foyer to the Linbury Theatre Foyer. The entrances to the Linbury Theatre are from the Upper Circle level, and customers must descend to their seating area via stairs or a lift. Lift access to seating in the Linbury Theatre is from auditorium right only (right-hand entrance and on your right-hand side as you face the stage). We recommend seating on the right-hand side of the auditorium for those who require level access or minimal stairs. The left-hand side of the auditorium can involve many stairs. There are six wheelchair spaces in the Linbury Theatre. Find out more about accessing the Linbury Theatre.