Farnham Maltings will host two introductory dance workshops as part of it’s on going Meet Me at the Maltings Programme with the renowned Dance Company, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures & Re:Bourne.

Kerry Biggin (Resident Artist, Re:Bourne) and Paul Smethurst (Project Manager, Re:Bourne), who have both performed with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures will be leading sessions focusing on body movement and learning some of the repertoire from Bourne’s award-winning collection of work.

The classes, which are running on Thursday 09 & Thursday 23 February, aim to show how dance movement can be incorporated into the everyday and encourage older people to stay fit through regular, easy movements. The class will start with a warm up to mobilise joints and stretch muscles and then will follow with an introductory to choreography from the New Adventures repertoire. This will be followed by a talk about Kerry and Paul’s careers in dance and with the company, finishing with a Q&A.

Paul Smethurst has a long history with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures; working for the company as a performer, character principal and rehearsal director. Since its creation he worked as a Lead Practitioner for Re:Bourne; delivering workshops for The Royal Opera House, The National Dance Teachers Association and The International Drama Student Festival to name a few. Kerry is Resident Artist for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and has been a dancer with the company for fourteen years. She has performed principal roles in many shows including Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Edward Scissorhands, Town and Country, Infernal Galop, The Car Man, Highland Fling and Nutcracker! Kerry teaches for Re:Bourne, the education arm of New Adventures, leading workshops and residencies across the UK and internationally as well as teaching dance in conservatoires and organisations across the country

It is a new addition to the growing Meet Me at the Maltings programme which Farnham Maltings has been fortunate enough to include New Adventures’ in due to Sir Matthew Bourne OBE’s decision to move his community operations to Farnham. Meet Me at the Maltings is a friendly, regular, creative group which connects local people from all backgrounds and experience, through a variety of creative projects. Initially set up in response to a nationwide ‘loneliness epidemic’, this has become a pleasant, self-organising and dynamic group of people who look out for each other and welcome newcomers.

Each Thursday, the group enjoy a two hour creative session, led by experienced and encouraging artists. Sessions are just £6 each or £50 for all 12 sessions if booked in advance. Spaces are limited on the two dance workshops so booking is advised. Please visit the arts & health events pages to book.

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