Founded in New York City in 1973 the COHAN/SUZEAU Dance Company has toured nationally and internationally to critical acclaim.
"… such supple, physically expressive dancers, Miss Cohan and Mr. Suzeau are a pleasure to watch, individually strong dancers who perform together in easy sympathy."
The New York Times.
"… quick as lightning and marvelously pulled together"
-Soho Weekly News
Following their tours in Brazil, Mexico and countless guest artist residencies in colleges and universities throughout the U.S.A. they became the company in residence at the University of Kansas in 1989.
Continuing performances from their base in the Midwest, they received support from the Kansas Arts Commission and the N.E.A. Regional-Mid America Arts Alliance. Both Cohan and Suzeau were awarded choreography fellowships by the Kansas Arts Commission, with Suzeau receiving the Master Fellowship in 2009. They received the Phoenix Award for their artistic contributions to the city of Lawrence and, while touring extensively in Ohio, Cohan was awarded a choreography Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council.
"Lovely performers and thinking artists … bound by artistic purity." The Cleveland Plain Dealer
During Suzeau's Fulbright Fellowship in Lithuania in 2007, they mounted their co-choreographed work Dia de los Muertos on dancers from the Lithuanian Academy and soloists from the National Lithuanian Ballet. During Suzeau's second Fulbright Fellowship in Malaysia in 2014, they mounted works from their repertoire on ASWARA University dancers in Kuala Lumpur. "A soiree of dance delights … what a lovely way to end a Sunday evening." The Malaysia Insider.
Lauded for their choreography their works continue to resonate. "It is what art at its best is all about." The Herald Telephone, Bloomington, Indiana.
Currently Suzeau continues as a solo performer while both Cohan and Suzeau are freelance choreographers.
Professor Suzeau's early career includes Les Ballets Modernes du Canada and Theatre de Dance Contemporaine while in Montreal, and appearances in Grupo Espacios and on national television in Mexico City. In New York he toured nationally as a solo artist for the Affiliate Artists program and performed for Mary Anthony, Pearl Lang, Anna Sokolow, Kuch/Gain/Maslow among others. "Mr. Suzeau gave a stellar performance." Wisdoms Child, New York City.
He has also appeared as a soloist in the work of La Meri, Doris Humphrey, Jose Limon, and as a dancer/actor in off-Broadway works. A Certified Movement Analyst, Suzeau was a scholarship student at the Juilliard School. Prior to that he was a scholarship student at the national dance academy in Mexico City. In addition to ballet and modern dance he has trained in, and performs bharata natyam and odissi, two styles of East Indian classical dance.
As a teen-ager, Muriel Cohan performed extensively with the Philadelphia Dance Theatre. In New York City she performed for Mary Anthony, Anna Sokolow and others. Cohan's dancing has been characterized as "cutting edge keen" by The New York Times, and, "Cohan complements her partner with strong flowing resonance, balancing the qualities of air, water and fire. Each movement is clear, each quality certain." Arts Indiana, Bloomington.
Her choreography has been performed by several U.S companies including the Mary Anthony Dance Theatre, in N.Y.C., Grupo Axis in Brazil, Grupo Signos in Mexico City. Locally her work was performed by the Kansas City Ballet's In The Wings project, and City in Motion Dance Theatre, Kansas City. She has received support for her choreography from the Baruch College Fund, N.Y.C., The Ohio Arts Council, the Daniel Goldstein Fellowship, the Goldstein Foundation, N.Y.C., and from artists Leon Golub and Nancy Spero.