Matthew Robinson has been announced as the new Artistic Director of National Dance Company Wales.
National Dance Company Wales has revealed that their new Artistic Director will be Matthew Robinson, a practising artist from Devon who has previously worked as a dancer, choreographer, facilitator, Rehearsal Director and Artistic Director.
‘I believe in engaging, ambitious programming reflective of twenty-first-century society in all its diversity and beautiful complexity,’ explained Robinson. ‘I bring my ambition to reach beyond core dance audiences, to be a catalyst for the change we seek in our world. I am eager to learn about and work with the Welsh dance scene. We all have our stories to share, and our perspectives to reveal, and I look forward to having these conversations and collaborations.’
Robinson will join National Dance Company Wales this Autumn, following on from his role as Artistic Director of VERVE, the postgraduate company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance. He was appointed Artistic Director of VERVE in 2016, and under his direction VERVE became known for its bold commissioning, collaborating with world renowned and fresh choreographic voices like Botis Seva, Maxine Doyle and Sita Ostheimer to create distinct, engaging programmes of dance work, reaching thousands of people each year, onstage, online and in outreach work.
‘We had an exciting and international field of applicants, but Matthew captured the opportunities to work in new ways to create change in our world, putting the communities of Wales at the heart of his artistic plans, and telling the stories of Wales around the world,’ said Paul Kaynes, Chief Executive of National Dance Company Wales. ‘His deep commitment to inclusion and diversity in his work and the artists he works with will enable the Company to continue to present world-class dance made by artists from many backgrounds. We’re incredibly excited to be welcoming him to Wales.’
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