Top young dancers show their Verve

Verve, showcase by the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, at Cast, Doncaster.
Verve, showcase by the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, at Cast, Doncaster.
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Young dancers from around the world have come together to create four special pieces of work in a show that is coming to Doncaster for the first time.

Verve is a showcase of 12 dancers chosen from conservatoires worldwide who form the postgraduate performance company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance, based in Leeds.

Each year the company commissions leading choreographers to produce a dynamic and eclectic bill of contemporary dance works. The company tours the work in Britain and Europe.

Doncaster’s new performing arts venue, Cast, is hosting Verve next Thursday night.

The show features newly-commissioned work by Lea Anderson, Ben Duke, Gemma Nixon and Jonathan Goddard and the reworking of a piece by fast-rising artist Jamaal Burkmar.

Verve artistic director Gianluca Vincentini said: “The audience is in for a very dynamic and passionate performance. There are four pieces and all have a very specific aesthetic.

“It’s a very diverse show and people that are involved in the theatre or dance can relate to those pieces but it’s also for an audience which has never seen dance before.

“It’s a show which opens them up to very different styles of dance because of the versatility of the performers.”

Gianluca has been working with the young dancers since September, when 150 applicants were gradually whittled down to the final 12.

He said it was a fantastic opportunity for young dancers as they work with lots of guest choreographers who teach classes.

The dancers are talent spotted by dance companies and choreographers and eight of last year’s group got work before the course ended.

He said: “We look for beautiful technical skills and theatricality.

“I really look for individuality and how the group comes together as well.

“Some dancers come from a ballet background, others from a breakdance or contemporary background.”

He said it was inspiring to work with young people who continually stretch themselves to learn new skills and improve what they can do.

Gianluca himself is Italian and trained at the national ballet academy in Rome.

He moved abroad to get contemporary dance experience and spent six years with the Iceland Dance Company.

“After six years of struggling in the darkness and light only in the summer, I decided to move back into the light! Before I knew it I was given this position,” he said.

Verve is at Cast in Doncaster next Thursday at 7.30pm. Tickets: go online to www.castindoncaster.com or call 01302 303959.