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A Project for Jonny

New Adventures & Re:Bourne and Royal & Derngate collaborate on a unique training initiative in memory of Northamptonian Jonathan Ollivier

Just over a year ago we tragically and unexpectedly lost our friend and colleague Jonathan Ollivier. The outpouring of messages and support from audiences and fans of Jonathan and New Adventures from across the world surprised and comforted us all.

In response to the public support the Ollivier family created an online fund to raise money for the London Air Ambulance and Re:Bourne, the charitable arm of New Adventures. These funds have been used to deliver a project for young people in Jonathan’s hometown of Northampton in collaboration with the theatre, Royal & Derngate.

In December 2016 Royal & Derngate hosted the European premiere of the five-time Tony winning show Peter and the Starcatcher in which audiences are taken on an unforgettable journey through a Neverland they never knew. The production’s Movement Director is Tom Jackson-Greaves, who has a long history as a dancer with New Adventures.

To coincide with the show New Adventures & Re:Bourne and Royal & Derngate worked with a wide range of young people from across Northamptonshire. Drawn from across the region, the majority of young participants didn't have any previous experience of dance and a focus was placed upon encouraging young men - too often averse to dance training - to take part in this unique initiative.

A response piece to Peter and the Starcatcher was be created by participants under the leadership of two New Adventures & Re:Bourne dance artists. Their performance drew on the pioneering choreographic language of New Adventures and the staging of Peter and the Starcatcher itself.

This unique response piece was performed as a Curtain Raiser on Friday 16 December before the evening performance of Peter and the Starcatcher. 

Peter and the Starcatcher premiered at Royal & Derngate, from Tuesday 29 November to Saturday 31 December before a national tour. 

New Adventures & Re:Bourne and the Royal & Derngate, Northampton gratefully acknowledge the support of all those who donated to the fund in Jonathan’s memory.

A Project for Jonny