Repertoire - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

2020 Repertoire

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.

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

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White Lies by Botis Seva

“It’s one thing to question your mind; it’s another to question your eyes and ears. But, then again, isn’t it all the same? Our senses just mediocre inputs to our brain? Sure, we rely on them, trust they accurately portray the real world around us, but what if the haunting truth is they can’t? That what we perceive isn’t the real world at all, but just our mind’s best guess? That all we really have is a garbled reality, a truly fuzzy picture we will never make out?” – Elliot Alderson

Acclaimed dance theatre maker Botis Seva draws from his hip-hop background to craft a physical language that is distinctly his own. Set to a pulsating original score by Torben Lars Sylvest, White Lies is full of contrast, unrestrained physical power and poetic delicacy.

Shelter by Lali Ayguadé

In a small town, where secrets were kept, where nobody wanted to be recognized. They blindly believed in something.

Shelter transports us to a small town full of secrets, its inhabitants occupied by blind belief. Known for creating physically complex and articulate work, Ayguadé continuously deconstructs the images she proposes.

FAST LOVE AND A CRASH by Mari Carrasco

FAST LOVE AND A CRASH is divided into two parts, one imploding and one exploding. It is a trajectory through time and space where the movement is suspended and the heart is burning on the inside as well as the outside. Each part can be a symbol of either the crash or the rush of falling in love.

Sought after Scandinavian contemporary choreographer Mari Carrasco is known for veering between the wild and the thoughtful. Audiences can expect a visual feast in this UK first.

Send In The Clowns by Douglas Thorpe

“When the worlds of dreams and reality meet, desires become living stories and experiences gain imaginative dimensions. This work invites you to perceive and engage in the world through the eyes of an eccentric, deserted, powerful yet vulnerable character who fails to identify themselves with the rest of us. They feel lonely in their strangeness, secretly yearning for connection and intimacy. Their true shyness is hidden under their colourful exterior and feverish frustration.”

Leeds-based choreographer Douglas Thorpe returns to VERVE with Send In The Clowns. Welcoming us into the conflicted mind of an individual navigating a confusing world, expect rhythm and physical urgency.

2019 Repertoire

TEAM V Choreographer: Joan Clevillé in collaboration with the dancers

4:18 Choreographer: Maxine Doyle

Shutdown Choreographer: Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof

the sea tells a story Choreographer: Ben Wright

2018 Repertoire

NEVERSINK Choreographer: Matthew Robinson

Riders Choreographer: Lenka Vagnerová

wolf Choreographer: Hannes Langolf

NOBODY ‘CEPT YOU Choreographer: Sita Ostheimer

2017 Repertoire

Rita Choreographer: Carlos Pons Guerra

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

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

A Fable of Our Time Choreographer: James Cousins