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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At New Adventures, we believe that dance can bring people together, and whilst it isn’t always possible to share this pleasure in the studio, or theatre, we hope we can bring you a taste of it – direct to you.
Doorstep Duets was originally created in 2021 by New Adventures and Farnham Maltings as a response to social isolation. Offering free opportunities where people can enjoy world-class performance in their local neighbourhood, on their street, in local parks, and through community-based organisations, the aim of the project is to bring joy, escapism, and connection, and make dance more accessible to everyone.
Our mission for this project is to connect and bring joy to communities that might not get a chance to see dance in a theatre and to develop our Dance Artists in the process.Etta Murfitt, Associate Artistic Director
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 I was a swan; a territorial, aggressive, cool swan. The two teachers were enthusiastic, great dancers and made the workshop great fun. I danced part of Swan Lake. Me - a 62 year old with the flexibility of an iron railing.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, contact Leah@new-adventures.net.
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.
Explore the many ways we engage with partner organisations to deliver projects for people of all ages and abilities.
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