Click here to find out more about the Verve 2017 tour, featuring exhilarating new work by international artists James Cousins, Carlos Pons Guerra, Leila McMillan and Matthias Sperling.
Each year VERVE commissions choreographers from all over the world to create a distinct, engaging, and thought provoking programme of work. The company works with established and emerging choreographers, giving dancers and audiences an appreciation of the breadth of what is happening in dance. Choreographers who have worked with the company include, Akram Khan, Gemma Nixon and Jonathan Goddard, Ben Wright, James Wilton, Ben Duke, Kerry Nicholls, Anton Lachky, James Cousins, Luca Silvestrini, and Lea Anderson.
The company undertakes an extensive tour across the UK and to select international venues seeking connection with partner institutions, industry professionals, choreographers, and companies, to broaden and enrich the dancers understanding of the professional dance world and their future options within it.
VERVE offers emerging dance artists the opportunity to challenge and develop their skills across a varied repertoire of work, guided by the Artistic Director, alongside an exciting range of guest teachers and visiting artists. The programme provides dancers a safe and inspiring space to take creative risk with their practice, to grow their individual artistry, rigorously challenge their physical skill, develop their identity as performers, and build an understanding of the professional working environment to support them in their future careers.
Dancers are enrolled on the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance.
Choreographers who have worked with VERVE include:
The company tours a programme of new work annually over a four-month period to a diverse range of professional venues throughout the UK and selected European cities. The experience is designed to foster a realistic appreciation of the professional working environment, encompassing creation, rehearsal and production processes, delivering education workshops, and meeting the challenges of a professional touring schedule. Students are guided throughout by Matthew Robinson Verve Artistic Director and Programme Leader.