Announcing our Emerging Artist for 2023-24

25 September 2023

We are thrilled to announce our next New Adventures Emerging Artist Xavier Andriambolanoro Sotiya.

The Emerging Artist role is a talent development scheme that supports dancers as they transition from professional training to working in the industry, with a particular focus on developing those who are underrepresented. The dancers are mentored by New Adventures dance artists throughout the year and take part in company classes, residencies, as well as dedicated studio time with principal dancers and dance artists. Their development also involves performing a contract with a New Adventures touring production.

We are providing pathways into the industry and aim to send out inspired artists, confident to forge their way in the sector. We hope to address the imbalance of representation across our industry and opportunities like these feel vital.

Kerry Biggin, Take Part Creative Director

Xavier Andriambolanoro Sotiya, who has recently graduated from Central School of Ballet, will make his professional debut in Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands, opening at Theatre Royal Plymouth on 20 November 2023 ahead of a seven-week Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells, London.Xavier has taken part in Swan School and a number of other bespoke classes and workshops within our Talent Development programme that focus on the New Adventures methodology.

Xavier Andriambolanoro Sotiya during Swan School.

Xavier follows in the footsteps of the inaugural Emerging Artist, Eve Ngbokota who is currently wowing audiences on tour in Romeo and Juliet. Eve first worked with New Adventures in Lord of the Flies.

Emerging Artists for 2022-23, Hannah Kremer and Perreira De Jesus Franque, have both continued their work with the company. Hannah is currently performing in Romeo and Juliet and Perreira will return later this year in our winter production of Edward Scissorhands.

Rehearsal image of a dancer lunging forward with their arms in an athletic running position

Eve Ngbokota in rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet.

Throughout the programme, Xavier will be mentored by New Adventures Resident Artist and principal dancer Glenn Graham who will also be with him on tour during Edward Scissorhands.

I’m delighted to be mentoring a new generation of dancers because it’s something I never had. We hope the programme offers rigour and dancers the opportunity to learn all that touring life and company environment has to offer.

Glenn Graham, Resident Artist

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