Rita
– Carlos Pons Guerra

Rita is a raucous, full-cast work that explores what happens when the vitality, energy and desires of youth are not allowed to realise themselves. Initially inspired by Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides and the vestal world of nunneries, it presents a somewhat savage, somewhat spiritual dichotomy between ardent longing and enforced repression.

We knew finally, that the girls were really women in disguise, that they understood love and even death, and that our job was merely to create the noise that seemed to fascinate them.
Jeffrey Euginides, The Virgin Suicides

Music: Banda Ionica, Chavela Vargas, Perez Prado
Lighting: Mark Baker
Costumes: Ryan Laight
Duration: 25 minutes
Cast: Full company

Continuum
– Leila McMillan (concept and direction) in
collaboration with the performers

Leila McMillan tackles the continuous cycle of destruction and repair that characterises our lives, tapping into the visceral physicality of the dancers with her work Continuum.

What is needed to rebuild? Can we find beauty in the rubble? To rebuild allows recreation, transformation and unity. What we create together is stronger than what we create on our own.
Music: Nils Frahm, Joji Hirota & the Taiko Drummers
Lighting: Chris Megginson
Costumes: Valentina Golfieri
Duration: 17 minutes approx
Cast: Berta Contijoch, Paul Guenot, Mason Jubb (Joel Pradas), Bethany Leyland, Ariadna Saltó

Soft Power Generator
– Matthias Sperling (concept and direction) in collaboration with the performers

Hypnotic and ambiguous, Matthias Sperling’s Soft Power Generator asks: What if movement can generate our future? What future do we need? Through a choreographic task that Sperling calls ‘looping’, the work continues his interest in exploring the relationship between body, mind and environment. Can movement and the body generate knowledge and power for us?
The work retains a gentle sense of humour in the face of the scale of this ambition, while remaining serious in the attempt to realise it.

Music: Live sound by the performers, recorded sound by Joel Cahen
Lighting: Mark Baker
Costume concept: Matthias Sperling
Costume design: Melissa Burton
Duration: 21 minutes
Cast: Sam Buswell, Martha Gosnold, Maybelle Lek, Maria Paz Marciano, Kate Pilbeam, Joel Pradas

A Fable of Our Time
– James Cousins

Cousins’ new work for VERVE’s eleven dancers explores the physical and metaphorical borders that societies continue to build.

With full-bodied physicality and intimate duets, the dancers seek to question our precarious dualistic existence.
Music: Hildur Gudnadottir, 13 Block, Ben Frost & Daníel Bjarnason, Eivør Pálsdóttir, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Lighting: Mark Baker
Costume: Melissa Burton
Duration: 20 minutes
Cast: Full company