People Alone

People Alone

This photograph of People Alone includes dancers who contributed memorable performances to London Contemporary Dance Theatre over many years: Celia Hulton, Sally Estep, Anita Griffin, Philippe Giraudeau and Christopher Bannerman. Robert Cohan created People Alone for London Contemporary Dance Theatre in 1973. It later became the first part of a longer work simply called People. Cohan concluded that, in the end, people are always alone. Being with someone only increases each individual's inner loneliness. Cohan had just suffered a long illness, which probably influenced his bleak view of the world.

When People Alone was revived in 1977, the designer, Norberto Chiesa, took the chance to revise his original costumes. He reduced each character to skeletal, ghostly essentials. As often happens with dance, it is a still image, not a moving one, that makes a powerful and memorable statement about the work.