WHAT IS OVERTURE?
Overture is our professional development programme for practitioners from a variety of genres who have been working in community or education settings for less than five years. Each year, we hope to find a group of artists whose work spans both urban and rural settings and who represent the diversity of contemporary England.
Over the course of the programme the selected artists meet for residential weekends at the Company’s base at Farnham Maltings, Surrey and visit New Adventures on tour with the current production. Each residential comprises of practical workshops, class and skills-sharing as well as inspirational guest teachers from a variety of dance backgrounds sharing their practice.
With workshops in areas such as personal development, advanced community dance skills, business development and networking, we aim to provide the cohort with a range of skills to support them in reaching the next level of their careers as community dance artists.
Hayley Lemon, 2019/20 Overture Cohort
Since 2016/17, we have worked with 62 young professionals though Overture, who live and work all over England, spanning Cornwall to Cumbria. Members of the Overture alumni have gone on to successfully further their careers in the industry, building their own community practices and regional networks. We have seen many of them take up roles as dance development managers for national organisations and others realise their own project ambitions, securing Arts Council funding to develop their artistic vision.
Amber Calland, 2019/20 Overture Cohort
Laura Elizabeth, 2019/20 Overture Cohort
DANCE ARTIST OVERTURE
In 2020, we introduced our first ever Dance Artist Overture programme, for the cohort of New Adventures dancers and Dance Artists who deliver our workshops and engagement projects!
All at different stages of their artistic and teaching journeys, the programme offers 6 development sessions that will focus on different areas of the New Adventures methodology along with opportunities to hear about other artists' approaches and a chance to develop their own practice.
Invited guests will include Tom Hobden, Joanna Rhodes, About Time Dance Company Artistic Director Jenny Reeves and The Pappy Show Artistic Director Kane Husbands. The programme is led by Associate Artistic Director Etta Murfitt and Resident Artists Kerry Biggin and Paul Smethurst.