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About

 Photography / Nicole Guarino

Photography / Nicole Guarino

 

Commissions :

VERVE
Royal Conservatoire Scotland
Project Y
The Space (SSCD)

+ others

 

TEACHING:

Scottish Dance Theatre
Northern School of Contemporary Dance
The Playground (NYC)
The Place, Dance City, Dancebase
Royal Conservatoire Scotland

+ others

Matthew Robinson is a choreographer, dancer and Artistic Director of VERVE, based at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, UK. 

β€œIn the process of creation I work to magnify and stretch the unique physicality of the performers, encouraging rigorous physical exploration into possibility and unique potential. Directed by offered idea, image or story, but then driven by individual interest and interrogation, we work together to seek depth, delicacy, ferocity, space, rhythm, ambiguity, and clarity of direction for continuous research in movement.

I explore my own physical potential and share that with the performers, exploring this together, TO create a rich physical/emotional palette, drawn from the minds and bodies of everyone in the room

The work often begins from my own experience of emotion, situation, the world, the simplicity and extraordinary complexity of human connection. I come with idea, drawn from experience, that we then explore and re-discover together.

The work inhabits highly physical, theatrically driven worlds  to be experienced both by those inside and outside the work. Narratives, interweave with abstraction, creating emotionally layered, deeply physical dance work.

My hope is an audience can experience empathy. That even if only for a second they recognise something of themselves, their own experience, or the experience of those they know in what is in front of them. And in that moment of empathy, my hope is we build understanding, not just of others, but of ourselves and our place in the world.”

For many years Matthew danced for Scottish Dance Theatre, working with an exciting international company of dancers, performing work by a diverse range of international choreographers, including Sharon Eyal, Damien Jalet, Hofesh Shechter, and Victor Quijada.

In 2013 he was invited to take on the responsibilities of Rehearsal Director at SDT and assisted numerous choreographers in the creation of new works, also supporting the company on national and international tours.

As choreographer Matthew researches and creates his own work in both independent and commissioned contexts, presenting his work internationally, teaching classes and workshops.

Matthew is a graduate of London Contemporary Dance School.

 

CV available upon request.