Mixing popular appeal with a ground-breaking, unique theatrical language, world class 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 and in 2015 the Company won the Stef Stefanou Outstanding Company Award at the National Dance Awards. In 2017 New Adventures won The Stage International Award in recognition of taking Sleeping Beauty to audiences across Asia in 2016. The Asia Tour reached over 70,000 people and many workshops and masterclasses were delivered to a range of people and ages.
New Adventures has notched up numerous international awards and a staggering 12 Olivier Award nominations. Over the past 30 years Matthew Bourne has created 10 full-length productions and a triple bill of short works. In 2016 Bourne created his 11th full-length production The Red Shoes, based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, with music by Bernard Hermann. It has since been performed to sell out audiences across the UK and won two Olivier Awards in 2017 for Best Entertainment and Matthew Bourne for Best Theatre Choreographer.
This award-winning repertoire has inspired and thrilled over 5 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 include 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 mid-scale theatres across the UK as part of the Company’s 25th Anniversary celebrations and returned in 2017, as part of the Company’s 30th Anniversary celebrations.
In an era when dance companies are supposed to fight for funding and justify their existence, New Adventures can make an outstanding case for itself
New Adventures tours to more UK and international 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 and Europe.
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.
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Investing in the future of dance and theatre, Re:Bourne, the charitable arm of New Adventures, was formed in 2008. Every year Re:Bourne engages in inclusive projects with thousands of people of all ages and ability, as well as emerging artists across the UK. Projects have also been delivered in China, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and across the USA.
In 2014, the 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. Following the success of the show in the UK the production had its first international season at Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia in 2017.
As part of Re:Bourne’s work with emerging talent the New Adventures Choreographer Award was launched in 2010 to support and encourage the next generation of dance-makers. It has become one of the most prestigious and sought-after choreography awards for new artists and biennially showcases the work of a young choreographer. Re:Bourne continues to work with universities and conservatoires to support the next generation of artists as well as, Overture, an exceptional professional development opportunity for dance practitioners working in communities across England.
Re:Bourne delivers a range of diverse projects to support health and wellbeing. In partnership with Dementia Pathfinders, Re:Bourne works in care homes to lead dance workshops for people living with dementia.
Employing over 1,500 dancers, musicians and theatre professionals over the last decade, New Adventures supports the artistic and professional development of artists at all stages of their careers.
Matthew Bourne was knighted in the 2016 New Years’ Honours List for services to Dance.
New Adventures is attracting new audiences in unprecedented numbers, drawn to their dramatic way of combining film imagery and elements of musical comedy, theatre and ballet.