At the Riley Theatre

verve | premiere
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Friday 4th March 2022 - Saturday 5th March 2022

Physically ambitious, strikingly original dance.

VERVE’s exceptional dancers restage Vertical Road by AKRAM KHAN – an award-winning work by one of the world’s most renowned choreographers - and perform two bold new commissions by acclaimed international artists SITA OSTHEIMER and ALESANDRA SEUTIN.

Fourteen dancers. Three distinct, exhilarating works. See where dance is now and where it may go next.

VERVE is the touring postgraduate company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance.


Tickets:£12 (£7)

About the choreographers

Akram Khan

Akram Khan graduated from NSCD in 1998 and is internationally celebrated as one of the most successful dance artists of his generation. Akram Khan Company is a platform for innovation and diversity, creating work in collaboration with acclaimed artists including sculptor Anish Kapoor, composer Nitin Sawhney, dancer and choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, visual artist Antony Gormley, ballerina Sylvie Guillem and Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche. Currently Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells, Akram was awarded an MBE for his services to dance in 2005.


Sita Ostheimer has a long-standing relationship with Hofesh Shechter Company, both as a company member and choreographic assistant, restaging works throughout Europe. During her time as a company member she choreographed Noble thinking, Accompany and Dissimilar foxes for Shechter’s IN GOOD COMPANY series. As a freelance choreographer, Sita has created work for Bodhi Project in Salzburg, Frontier Danceland in Singapore, and CobosMika in Spain.

In 2018, Sita choreographed Nobody ‘Cept You for VERVE. Following its success, she returns to create a brand new work with this year’s company.

Alesandra Seutin

International performer, choreographer and movement director Alesandra Seutin was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, grew up in Brussels and now lives between London and Brussels. Alesandra founded Vocab Dance in 2007 and has progressively built an international reputation for creating thought-provoking and visually striking performances. Her creativity is triggered by social, political and economic circumstances and through movement, voice and music, she aims to share stories that spark conversations.