Artistic Director: Matthew Robinson

The company is led by Artistic Director Matthew Robinson who has worked as a dancer, choreographer, and rehearsal director since graduating from London Contemporary Dance School in 2009.

Upon graduation he joined Scottish Dance Theatre, working with an exciting international company of dancers, performing work by a diverse range of choreographers over many years.

In 2013 he was invited to jointly take on the responsibilities of Rehearsal Director at SDT and assisted in the creation of numerous works, supported the company on international tours and worked with postgraduate apprentice dancers emerging into the professional world. In that time he continued to research and create his own choreographic work and explore his teaching practice, enjoying choreographic commissions across Scotland and teaching and presenting his work nationally and internationally.

Matthew joined NSCD as VERVE Artistic Director in August 2016 and will this year
choreograph his first piece for the company to tour in 2018.

Choreographers

As well as Verve Artistic Director Matthew Robinson, the company will be working with three other internationally recognised choreographers to produce and create the tour repertoire of four works for 2018.

Sita Ostheimer (Germany)

Sita studied at the Dr Hoch’s Konservatorium and the University of Music and Performance Arts in Frankfurt am Main. In 2001 she joined MS Schrittmacher in Oldenburg Germany before working with Galili Dance (Itzik Galili), devising numerous works and choreographing her own work Closing Time in 2007. Sita then continued her career in Amsterdam with Krisztina de Chatel. In June 2008 she joined the Hofesh Shechter Company in London. As a choreographer she created Noble thinking (2011), Accompany (2012) and Dissimilar Foxes (2014) for
Shechter’s IN GOOD COMPANY. As a freelance Choreographer she created Metanoia, Balter, Ubuntu, Mangata, Eigenrausch and was instrumental in the restaging of
Hofesh Shechter’s work for companies such as Edge ‘13, NDT I, Staatstheater Kassel, Ballet Basel, Staatsballet Berlin, Aterballetto, Staatstheater Darmstadt/Wiesbaden
and Paris Opera Ballet. She has also created her own work for companies such as Bodhi Project at Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and Frontier Danceland in Singapore. Sita teaches classes and workshops regularly at various international
schools, universities and companies around the world.

Hannes Langolf

Hailing from Wurzburg Germany, Hannes discovered his love for dance and  erformance at an early age. After completing his National Service he went on to study at London Contemporary Dance School. In 2015 he participated in a unique European interdisciplinary program DANCE (Dance Apprentice Network aCross Europe) before going on to join DV8 Physical Theatre where he performed in To Be Straight With You – nominated for an Olivier award, and Can we Talk About This. From 2014 to 2015 he became DV8’s Creative Associate. Hannes has worked with many companies including Punchdrunk (UK), Thomas K. Kopp (D), Stefan Dreher (B/D), Wayne McGregor/ Random Dance (UK), Thierry de Mey (B), Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre
(IRL) and Akram Khan Company (UK). While constantly striving to develop his passion for teaching and nurturing young talent, Hannes has taught at English National Ballet, Iwanson International School for Contemporary Dance and London
Contemporary Dance School as well as teaching company classes for DV8 Physical Theatre, The Featherstonehaughs and Matthew Bourne New Adventures, among others.

Lenka Vagnerova

Multi-award-winning Lenka Vagnerova is a leading European female choreographer based in Prague and is widely recognised as possibly the most talented Czech choreographer of her generation. Known for her creations with her Lenka Vagnerova Company, which she formed in 2012, she has created works and toured internationally garnering numerous nominations and awards including Herald Angel Award –  Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014, Dance Piece of the Year 2013 and Dancer of the Year
2014 at Festival Czech Dance Platform. As a guest choreographer Lenka has created performances for companies including Norrdans, 2 Faced Dance Company, National Academy of Dance in Rome, DOT504 and Minor Teatre Prague. Lenka also teaches regularly and has run workshops in festivals, theatres, dance companies and dance schools on the international dance scene including working with Ballet de Marseille, Dance Dance theatre, Stopgap Dance Company, Viirus theatre Helsinki and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, to name but a few. In 2011, 2014 and 2016 she
worked as Rehearsal Director in the Swedish company Norrdans.

Verve dancers

Alethia Antonia
Theo Arran
Maria Elena Bolelli
Anders Engebretsen
Joshua Gill
Fern Grimbley
Kathryn Hewison
Daisy Howell
Ricardo Pereira
Ruby Portus
Michele Scappa
Margaret Vannucci
Meizhi Wang