Yolande Yorke–Edgell

Director

Yolande began her professional career dancing with Extemporary Dance Theatre. She then went on to join Rambert Dance Company under the direction of Richard Alston and Christopher Bruce.

In 1994 she moved to Los Angeles to join the Lewitzky Dance Company where she danced many leading roles and was appointed Master Teacher by Bella Lewitzky. After the closure of the Lewitzky Dance Company Yolande formed her own dance company in Los Angeles in 1998, Yorke Dance Project, presenting her own choreography alongside fellow Los Angeles based and UK choreographers.

She has worked as an Assistant Director for the Los Angeles Opera Children’s Opera and in 2001 she co-directed the play Time Out for the New York Fringe Festival. Whilst in LA, she also choreographed for commercials and music videos. On returning to England she danced in Adam Cooper’s production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses and joined Richard Alston Dance Company in the summer of 2006 touring throughout the UK and the US.

In 2009 she reformed Yorke Dance Project in the UK.

She continues to direct and choreograph forYorke Dance Project in the UK and has been honored to work with, collaborate and be mentored by Robert Cohan since 2013. In 2015 she formed the Cohan Collective, a choreographer and composers residency, with Robert Cohan and Eleanor Alberga.

Yolande has also worked closely with Deborah MacMillan on the revival of “Sea of Troubles” by Kenneth MacMillan, which was included in the National Celebration of MacMillan at the Royal Opera House in collaboration with the Royal Ballet Company in 2017.