We believe passionately that dance-theatre is for everyone and encourage audiences and communities from all backgrounds to experience our work.
Our work in the Community is diverse and unique; ranging from intergenerational site-specific projects in museums to movement sessions in care homes, from mass participation workshops at the UK’s largest music festivals to the creation of an over 55s performance group in Farnham.
We aim to maintain the highest artistic standards and deliver accessible and unexpectedly thrilling experiences that reflect and celebrate contemporary England.
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We are delighted to programme workshops that are open to everyone regardless of their dance experience, age or background.
We programme Open Workshops, independently and with partners, throughout our tour to ensure that anyone easily book on and get to know more about our shows through movement, even if it’s your first ever dance class.
We deliver workshops in all settings and are highly experienced at running workshops for diverse groups including for those with special education needs, for disabled and non-disabled dancers, families and older people.
“By some form of strange magic, came this Saturday morning, I was a swan; a territorial, aggressive, cool swan. Part of a flock of ballet swans and I loved it! I just want to say what a real pleasure it was. The two teachers [Kerry and Luke] were enthusiastic, great dancers and made the whole workshop great fun. And I danced part of Swan Lake. Me - a 62 year old with the flexibility of an iron railing. The bragging rights alone are worth their weight in gold.” - A Bradford Alhambra Open Workshop Participant
To celebrate the National Lottery’s 25th birthday we took part in the #ThanksToYou campaign and held an Open Workshop for adults focused on The Red Shoes on 21 November at Theatre Royal Plymouth. The workshop was free for National Lottery players to attend.
And on our tour of Romeo and Juliet we were invited by the North East Dance Co-operative, a community driven network of dancers and dance enthusiasts, to explore the themes of our brand new work.
Most recently, we worked with Disability Arts in Surrey to deliver a Swan Lake workshop to their network of disability artists.
Keep your eyes peeled for any upcoming Open Workshops in your area, or if you are an organisation and interested in booking an Open Workshop, click here.
In 2016, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures became a resident company at Farnham Maltings in Surrey.
Farnham Maltings is a cultural organisation, based in south west Surrey, that exists to encourage the people of Farnham and further afield to participate in, shape and understand the world in which we live.
Every year New Adventures delivers workshops and performances for thousands of people at Summer Festivals across England.
In 2017, 1,200 people took part in our inclusive workshops for all ages that got people moving and being creative, and we performed an adaptation of Country from Matthew Bourne's Town and Country to over 2,000 people! Building on this in 2018, we delivered workshops and an excerpt from Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake to thousands of festival-goers ahead of our major UK tour.
In 2019, we visited Walthamstow Garden Party in London for the first time with a free workshop open to all ages and abilities based on Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! and we were delighted to return to Latitude Festival with a Nutcracker! workshop for all the family.
Explore the many ways we engage with partner organisations to deliver projects for people of all ages and abilities.