New Adventures have delighted, inspired and nurtured people of all ages and backgrounds: audiences, artists and the next generation. We create engaging projects that reach thousands worldwide every year.
“One of the driving forces behind our projects and workshops originally was to inspire young people, regardless of background or experience, with a passion for movement. Since then it has expanded to support and provide unforgettable experiences for a wide range of people of all ages. I am convinced that our work can change lives and help discover the next generation of dancers, community dance artists and choreographers, as well as champion dance as an art form that improves health and wellbeing.” Matthew Bourne
Every year New Adventures engages in inclusive projects with thousands of people of all ages and ability, as well as emerging artists across the UK. Projects have also been delivered in China, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and across the USA.
In 2014, the national tour of Lord of the Flies visited 13 cities, engaging over 8,000 young people in dance activity, many for the first time, delivering 80 performances and reaching some 75,000 people as audiences. Following the success of the show in the UK the production had its first international season at Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia in 2017.
Swan Lake Open Workshop Participant
Alongside our productions New Adventures is committed to finding and developing diverse young talent from across the UK. Since our production of Lord of the Flies we have been continually supporting them on their journey into training and professional work. The company have delivered various initiatives, including Swan School, two week-long intensives designed to prepare dance graduates for auditions. The 2018/19 revival of Swan Lake is the first New Adventures production to feature dancers from the young cast of Lord of the Flies.
As part of our projects and workshop offering, in 2017/18 we engaged with 4,207 people in 426 workshop sessions. We aim to bring inspiring opportunities to children, young people and communities. Highlights from the past year include two Dancers in Residence performance projects that involved two whole primary schools performing at Sadler’s Wells and Hackney Empire.
Rachel Clarke, Overture Cohort 2017-18