Area Jeune Ballet / VERVE - Riley Theatre

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Wednesday 17th April 2019
7:30 pm
Riley Theatre

Area Jeune Ballet and VERVE perform striking contemporary choreography created in Geneva and Leeds.

Swiss company Area Jeune Ballet will present two works - SAM by Jose Agudo and Kiss & Fly by Gil Carlos Harush.

Drawing inspiration from the Sanskrit term ‘samsāra’, which refers to the ‘wheel of life’ and the idea of rebirth, SAM exudes an atmosphere of ritual, celebration and drama.

Kiss & Fly by Gil Carlos Harush is a work that captures and celebrates those often overlooked moments in life - the sights, kisses, and conversations we take for granted.

Completing the programme, another chance to see VERVE perform the riotous Shutdown by Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof. 13 dancers storm the stage in this fierce celebration of movement and rhythm.


Watch the Trailer for SAM by Jose Agudo

About the choreographers

Jose Agudo

Andalusian choreographer Jose Agudo is known for taking traditional dance forms and translating them in a contemporary context.  Trained in Kathak and Bharatanatym while working as rehearsal director and assistant choreographer for Akram Khan Company, and with his own roots in Flamenco, Agudo has developed a unique style that fuses the classical and the modern, with movement that straddles East and West.

Agudo’s previous commissions include GLANSVIT for Norrdans, KI for Phoenix Dance Theatre and English National Ballet School; Selah and Carmen for ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble; PARADISO for Akademi; and TEN and A Thousand Shepherds for ACE Dance and Music.

Gil Carlos Harush

Choreographer Gil Carlos Harush creates works that illustrate real-life situations and relationships, combining drama with strong visual elements. Informed by the field of psychotherapy his works often look at the connection between mind, body and soul.

Previous creations include The Heart of My Heart for Ballet of the National Opera du Rhin, France, nominated for ‘Best Creation Award’ of 2017/18, GARDEN (2016) and PERFECT PET (2015) for his own company Ensemble Gil Carlos & Family, and DEADYCATE (2014), which won him the first prize at the French contemporary dance competition Synodales in 2014.

Noa Zuk & Ohad Fishof

Noa Zuk trained at the Batsheva Dance Company for nine years under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin. Ohad Fishof is an interdisciplinary artist who received an MA in Dance from Laban Centre, and has created internationally-touring dance pieces, soundscapes and video installations.

Together, the pair have created numerous works for screen and stage: The Nothing Trilogy, presented in Russia, Canada, the USA and Israel; An Old Woman Picking up a Stone from the Ground and Carrying it Back to Her House for Frontier Danceland (Singapore); Garden of Minutes, premiered at Curtain’s Up Festival in Tel Aviv; and the short film ADR.

Watch VERVE in rehearsal with Noa 

Area Jeune Ballet is a Swiss pre-professional company enabling accomplished young dancers to sample life as a practising artist and work with the industry’s most influential choreographers.

VERVE is NSCD’s postgraduate company, led by Artistic Director Matthew Robinson.