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“something truly different . . . magical”
-The Dance Insider, 2003

“a refreshing alternative . . . points to the real possibility of major accomplishment to come.”
-The New York Times, 2005

racoco productions are fantastic excavations of ordinary things. racoco productions (Rachel Cohen, artistic director) remove the boundaries between the visual and performing arts, the audience and the performers, and the real and the imaginary, creating theatrical experiences from elements of movement, visual arts, burlesque, clown and mask, emblematic cinematic styles, everyday objects, and musical composition, borrowing from a range of aesthetics from fine to outsider art. Performers adapt scripts of unusual, idiosyncratic movement phrases, translating unspoken textures of emotion and transporting audiences through the looking glass, to where the ordinary is iconic, the mundane mysterious, and the silly sacred. The company also offers workshops and residencies exposing participants to the exciting process of creation. racoco productions, inc. is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization.

racoco productions’ 2005 If the Shoe Fits, in collaboration with composer Chris Becker and visual artist Agata Oleksiak, was hailed by The New York Times’ John Rockwell as “lavish and fully realized” and “one of the loveliest dance programs I've seen this year.”

racoco productions has produced full evening concerts at Walkerspace, WilliamsburgArt Nexus, and The Merce Cunningham Studio Theater in New York City; the company has also been presented at Chashama’s Oasis Festival, the Surrealist Fashion Show at the WAH Center in Brooklyn; Galapagos Art Space; The Construction Company; The Slipper Room; Dancenow Downtown; in New York City’s Village Halloween Parade; as part of “Entertaining Science” at the Cornelia Street Café; Mary Anthony Dance Theater; The Ensemble Studio Theater; Hunter College; Pier 66; and Rawspace. In 2004 the company was commissioned to create a work for Christine Jowers/Moving Arts Projects. Outside New York, the company has performed in London, England, at a benefit for The Rainbow Trust, and at the Hip Hip Cabaret at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club; at Mix-Art Myrys in Toulouse, France; in Virginia Beach, VA, as part of American Dance Guild Presents; and at Harvard University.

Collaborators include costume designers Mindy Nelson, Agata Oleksiak, and Renee Snelson, musicians/composers Chris Becker, Rafi Malkiel, Shoko Nagai, Barry Russell, and John Stone, and filmmakers Leighton Edmondson and Andreas Troeger.

Rachel Cohen studied with Claire Mallardi while getting a degree at Harvard University in Performance as Communication, a self-designed major. In New York she has studied dance with Mary Anthony, Bertram Ross, Carolyn Lord, and Heather Cornell; mask and clown with Rafael Bianciotto, Ariane Anthony, and Jim Calder; Meisner technique with Wendy Ward; and poekoelan, an Indonesian martial art, at The Tulen Center. She has performed in films and onstage with Julie Atlas Muz, Joshua Bisset, Ariane Anthony, Christopher Caines, Le Minh Tam, and Theodora Skipitares, among others. Ms. Cohen is Harvard University’s Clifton Visiting Artist for 2005-2006.

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