New Adventures Annual Auditions are back!

20 May 2022

Are you a graduate or experienced dancer with an interest in dance theatre and a passion for New Adventures award winning productions?
Applications are now open for our 2022 open auditions.

What we are looking for
Dancers with at least 3 years vocational training (classical, contemporary, and/or musical theatre) highly skilled in dance and performance and an interest in narrative-based work.

London, UK

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June 2022. Recalls will take place on Sunday 26 June 2022

Deadline for applications
Monday 6 June 2022, 10am

How to apply
Please send one document including your CV, cover letter, headshot and one dance photograph to Pia Driver:

Your cover letter should be no longer than one side of A4 detailing why you would like to work for New Adventures. Please include any workshops or projects you’ve previously done with the company. Batch applications from agents must include the required cover letters from dancers. Your cover letter, CV, headshot, and dance photograph should be sent in one document only, with your full name as the document name.

Please confirm as part of your application if you are legally able to work in the UK or if you would need a UK work permit.

We are happy to support applicants in applying and are open to receiving applications in alternative formats such as a video or voice note of up to 3 minutes in length. For more detail, please see the Guidance section below.

Dancers invited to audition will be informed by Friday 17 June 2022.

Due to the high-volume of applications we receive, if you have not heard from us by Wednesday 22 June 2022, you should assume we are unable to see you this year.

Below is an excerpt from an interview where Matthew Bourne describes the kind of dancers that he is looking for in New Adventures Auditions.

“What I look for is a passion for movement, because often I’m looking for performers who will eventually need to act as well as dance. And I believe that the passion of wanting to give to an audience—to connect, to show them what you’re trying to say—is the first steppingstone toward acting. Also, I look for people who have an individual attitude toward what they do. And that’s because if you’re telling stories onstage, it needs to look like the real world. Particularly if you want your work to connect with a large audience; they need to be able to relate to the people they see on stage. So, I try to get as big a range as possible of shapes, sizes, looks and background.” 

We will support any access requirements you may have during the application or audition process and ensure that reasonable adjustments are in place.

If you have any access needs, barriers to attending, or specific support required on the day that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to let us know either before applying or as part of your application.

Our aim to is ensure dancers feel visible and valued in the casting process. We are particularly keen to hear from dancers from historically underrepresented backgrounds at New Adventures. Our goal is to ensure the representation of the following:

  • People from the Global Majority
  • People who identify as Disabled
  • Neurodiverse people
  • People from lower socio-economic backgrounds

Bursaries are available to cover the cost of travel to and from the audition and accommodation should you benefit from this support.

Please contact Pia on if you would like to discuss your individual requirements.  

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