New Adventures for our Alumni
12th October 2018
Matthew Bourne’s iconic company is continuing to go from strength to strength. While many of our alumni are currently performing with the Swan Lake tour a new announcement was made on the 11th October. New Adventures will be touring the UK with a new production of Romeo and Juliet. ‘Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story.’
This production is a world premiere and the first new production from the company since The Red Shoes in 2016. The 13 venue tour begins in May 2019 at the Curve Theatre in Leicester, the full details and the tour dates are available to view on the New Adventures website.
The company took 1000 applications from young people aged between 16-19 to perform with the main company throughout the tour, providing a fantastic platform for those starting their career. ‘As part of New Adventures’ ambition to support the next generation of on-stage talent and inspired by the success of Lord of the Flies in 2014, which combined professional dancers and young men with little or no dance experience, Romeo and Juliet will feature the finest emerging male and female dancers from around the UK. The search began in April 2018 with a call-out for the next generation of young dancers currently in training aged between 16 and 19. Attracting over 1000 applications and following a UK-wide audition tour, six Young Cast members at each venue will perform alongside the New Adventures company. This unique opportunity will nurture and develop young talent with a view to them embarking on a career in dance.’
We are very proud of our alumni joining the production; Bryony Harrison and Arielle Smith. Bryony will be dancing the lead role of Juliet and is currently performing in Swan Lake. Arielle joins the artistic team as Young Associate choreographer, assisting with the creation of this World Premiere. This is such an exciting time for our alumni and a testament to the company for leading the way in championing emerging talent and supporting growth within the industry.