Farnham Maltings are delighted to announce that Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures & Re:Bourne will be establishing a base and an office with us.
The world-leading dance company and charity will present work, deliver projects for local people and contribute to the wider dance and arts community across the South East.
The company will deliver its national programme for community dance artists at the Maltings and present its productions for mid-scale theatres and families in the recently refurbished Great Hall. There are also plans to build on the company’s work with older people and those with dementia following a successful pilot project in 2015. At the National Dance Awards on the 25 January 2016, New Adventures was awarded the Stef Stefanou Award for Outstanding Company and New Adventures’ dancer, Zizi Strallen won the award for Outstanding Female Performance (Modern) for her portrayal of Lana in The Car Man.
Sir Matthew Bourne OBE, Artistic Director for New Adventures & Re:Bourne, said today:
“I have very fond memories of bringing my early work to the Maltings nearly 30 years ago and so the venue feels like a natural place for us to establish new relationships and build new projects.”
Gavin Stride, Director of Farnham Maltings, said:
“We are buzzing with the idea that New Adventures and Re:Bourne are creating a home with us. It builds further our determination to create an organisation that is both world class and connected locally. This is the latest in a 40 year adventure to use this building to shape the character and quality of all our lives.”
James Mackenzie-Blackman, Executive Director for Re:Bourne, added:
“We have received a very warm welcome from Gavin, his team and the many other artists and companies based at the Maltings. We have exciting plans to bring world-class dance projects and productions to Farnham and I am looking forward to working with the community.”
Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures & Re:Bourne
Mixing popular appeal with a ground-breaking, unique theatrical language, wonderful dancers and high-quality production values, New Adventures is one of the great success stories of British theatre.
Under Matthew Bourne’s inspired leadership, the Company has won the Manchester Evening News Dance Award four times, and been given a Special Theatre Managers Association (TMA) award for its commitment to national touring and audience development. In 2015 Matthew Bourne received a special UK Theatre Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre.
New Adventures has notched up numerous international awards and a staggering 10 Olivier Award nominations for the 10 full-length productions and a triple bill of short works he has created for the company. This award-winning repertoire has inspired and thrilled over 4 million people worldwide. Perhaps best-known for its now legendary Swan Lake with its corps de ballet of menacing male swans, New Adventures’ intriguing twists on the ballet classics also includes Nutcracker!, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Car Man based on the opera Carmen and Highland Fling based on La Sylphide set in contemporary Glasgow. Bourne has also been inspired by film and literature in his innovative productions of Edward Scissorhands, Dorian Gray, Play Without Words and Lord of the Flies, which united professional dancers and young men with no previous dance experience. Early Adventures re-visited some of Bourne’s early works for Adventures in Motion Pictures and toured to middle-scale theatres across the UK as part of the Company’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.
New Adventures tours to more UK venues and gives more performances each year than any other UK dance company. For over 10 years, the Company has been British dance’s biggest export, performing seasons at the world’s most iconic venues including Sydney Opera House, New York City Center, The Chatalet in Paris, The Kennedy Center and The Moscow Arts Theatre, and the most prestigious Festivals such as Edinburgh, Ravenna and Chekhov International Festivals. It regularly tours to Japan, the USA, Australia, Europe and Russia.
A pioneer in taking dance to wider audiences through the medium of film, most of New Adventures’ productions have been filmed for television broadcast or cinema screenings. The recording of Swan Lake by Sky Arts 3D became the first ballet to be shot in 3D for cinema and DVD release.
Investing in the future of dance and theatre, Re:Bourne, the charitable arm of New Adventures, was formed in 2008. It has delivered over 2,000 workshops engaging more than 35,000 young people and created over 30 bespoke education projects with theatres and communities across the UK. Educational projects have also been delivered in Japan, Taiwan and the USA. In 2014, a 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. New Adventures is included in the syllabi of all the UK national performing arts examinations including at BTEC, GCSE and A levels.
In 2010, the New Adventures Choreographer Award was launched to support and encourage the next generation of dance-makers. It has become the most prestigious and sought-after choreography award for emerging artists and bi-annually showcases the work of a young choreographer. Employing over 1,000 dancers, musicians and theatre professionals over the last decade, New Adventures supports the artistic and professional development of artists at all stages of their career.