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New Adventures invests in the future of dance and is a crucial mechanism for finding and nurturing the next generation of dancers, choreographers and audiences.

“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.

I was so scared at the beginning of the week. Dance? Not my thing at all but when all those people clapped and cheered and whistled – I was absolutely buzzing. WOW - It was the best feeling of my life.

Jason, 13, Wolverhampton, Cinderella Curtain Raiser Company

In 2017/18 we worked with the whole school at William Patten Primary School to create a unique version of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella which was performed at Sadler’s Wells. Have a watch of our mini-documentary about the project with over 600 children below:

As part of New Adventures' work with emerging talent the New Adventures Choreographer Award was launched in 2010 to support and encourage the next generation of dance-makers. It has become one of the most prestigious and sought-after choreography awards for new artists and biennially showcases the work of a young choreographer. New Adventures continues to work with universities and conservatoires to support the next generation of artists as well as, Overture, an exceptional professional development opportunity for dance practitioners working in communities across England.

New Adventures delivers a range of diverse projects to support health and wellbeing. In partnership with Dementia Pathfinders, New Adventures has worked in care homes to lead dance workshops for people living with dementia.

I have developed so much as an artist, this experience has helped me to trust in myself and have more confidence in my practice. It's provided me with the opportunity to develop my skills while networking with other artists who inspire my creativity.

Rachel Clarke, Overture Cohort 2017-18

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