About - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Physically ambitious, strikingly original dance.

In 2020 VERVE’s exceptional dancers tackle brand new works by Olivier award-winning dance theatre maker BOTIS SEVA, prolific dancer-turned-acclaimed-choreographer LALI AYGUADÉ, rising star in Scandinavian contemporary dance MARI CARRASCO, and maverick choreographer DOUGLAS THORPE.

VERVE comprises fourteen dancers, trained at some of the world’s leading conservatoires. Each year the company commissions choreographers from all over the world to create an artistically distinct, physically daring and engaging programme of dance work.

Choreographers who have previously worked with the company include, Akram Khan, Maxine Doyle, Sita Ostheimer, Ben Wright, Noa Zuk, James Wilton, Ben Duke, Lenka Vagnerova, Joan Clevillé, Anton Lachky, Hannes Langolf, Luca Silvestrini, Lea Anderson and VERVE Artistic Director Matthew Robinson.

VERVE is the internationally touring postgraduate company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD).

Meet the company

The company tours extensively to venues and festivals across the UK and internationally, in recent years performing in Austria, Germany, Italy, Malta, Spain, and Switzerland.

VERVE is committed to broadening access to the performance work of the company, and delivers workshops and residencies, and participates in artistic exchanges alongside performances.

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VERVE offers emerging dance artists the opportunity to challenge and develop their skills across a varied repertoire of work, guided by Artistic Director Matthew Robinson, alongside an exciting range of visiting artists. The programme provides dancers with a safe and inspiring space to grow their individual artistry and rigorously challenge their physical skill. Dancers develop their identities as performers, whilst building an understanding of the professional working environment to support them in their future careers.

Dancers are enrolled on the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance.

MA in Contemporary Dance Performance