The London Contemporary Dance Theatre was celebrated internationally for the choreographic innovation that flowed out of it and for the technical and artistic power of its dancers. During its best years there arose a circle of respect. Members of this circle, even when critical of the company, held an almost religious reverence for its view, examination and celebration of life through dance of a non-ordinary level. For a time at least the company seemed to manifest and derive its creativity out of intimacy with some special thing of an essential quality. Many audience members, critics, academics, dancers, choreographers and students appeared to find their lives profoundly informed through the LCDT as medium of this essential thing. When the LCDT declined and finally ceased to perform it seemed inevitable that there must follow the loss of a body of knowledge, a capacity for artistic action and a deep source of artistic expression that had been enlightened, difficult to discover and precious. The premise here is that the loss is at least not entire because the company left us an important legacy. This, however, is largely hidden.
Uncovering it would seem to require a searching effort of perception and will. Thus this book represents a search towards the discovery of the essential inheritance of the London Contemporary Dance Theatre.