For the first time since it’s inception, the remarkable music for Robert
Cohan’s contemporary dance work CLASS is now available on CD. This
dynamic percussion music score was composed by Jon Keliehor in 1980,
and was the fifth (and last) music version of a collaboration that begun in
1975. In this highly synchronous style of dance and music the essence of
London Contemporary Dance comes alive as a theatrical performance. The
music mirrors the unpredictable directions that the dance takes and these
capricious changes make the choreography and music riveting.
The music of CLASS V is essentially the music of the contemporary dance
class in performance. It’s not a normal dance class by any stretch of the
imagination, but something quite extraordinary.
As a performance piece, CLASS has been recognised as a major challenge
for both musicians and dancers alike. Movements and sound events
cascade one upon the other for nearly 30 minutes. It all happens at high
speed, with the musicians playing like they have four hands. It is an open
exploration of the many ways that dance and music each define space,
rhythm and timing.
Recorded 23 November 1981
West Drayton, Middx, UK
Mixdown 04 December 1981
Jon Keliehor . . . . . . . . . . Percussion 1
Tony McVey . . . . . . . . . . Percussion 2
Roger Harrison . . . . . . . . Percussion 3
Barrington Pheloung . . . . Percussion 4/Conductor
LONDON CONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATRE
CHOREOGRAPHY: ROBERT COHAN
MUSIC: JON KELIEHOR
"Class is one of the greatest pieces of music written for dance in the
20th Century, up there with Glass, Nyman and any number of others!
actually very few others, but it is a masterpiece." . . .
Paul Jackson, Head of Dance at Winchester University