The EvilImp™ - The Cost Of Free
The National Dance Agency Agency in Newcastle upon Tyne offers a "free" professional class to dancers but the "principles" of participation weigh down what should be a simple process with bureaucratic nonsense and meddling.
Thursday, June 9th, 2016read now
Welcome dear readers for what is our 7th year of covering the exploits of the post-graduate company from Northern School of Contemporary Dance, that company being Verve.
This time out the group of 12 dancers are tackling work by Lea Anderson 'Re-Wind', Gemma Nixon and Jonathan Goddard 'Mute', Ben Duke 'You, Me, The Door and the Floor' and a stand out piece from NSCD third year student Jamaal Burkmar with 'Ocean'.
As always with the Verve dancers what is more revealing than their obvious mad skills as dancers is their determination to make a career for themselves in a dance world that is becoming increasingly more challenging with every passing year.
No matter how tough things get, there they all are regardless. The company tells us this much about Verve;
"Verve is the postgraduate performance company of NSCD. The company comprises twelve dancers trained at some of the world's leading conservatoires. Each year the company commissions leading choreographers to produce a dynamic and eclectic mixed bill of contemporary dance works. The company then tours the work between March and June to a diverse range of professional venues throughout the UK and selected European cities."
As well as featuring work from the repertoire we have an interview with two of the company dancers; Daniel Baker and Leanne Horsey and the company's AD Gianluca Vincentini.
The company are on tour in the UK and Europe for the next few months so check out their website for further details.
Verve 2014 is performed by Daniel Baker, Lewis Bramble, Marie-Corrin Chilon, Joshua Hawkins, Leanne Horsey, Joel, Mesa Gutierrez, Rachael O'Neill, Sandro Piccirilli, Kayleigh Price, Stephanie Ross, Sophie Thorpe and Tal Weinstein.
Filmed on March 25th 2014 at The Lowry Theatre in Manchester.