22nd March 2017

Our students wowed the audience at the Mayflower Theatre on 22 March, when they opened for Matthew Bourne’s magical adaptation of the classic drama ‘The Red Shoes’.  Their curtain raiser performance, which featured their very own interpretation of a number of themes from the show, was met with praise and sincere audience appreciation from the 2,000 strong crowd.

These 14 lucky students enjoyed a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with professional dancers from Matthew Bourne’s Dance Company ‘Re:Bourne’. This charitable arm of New Adventures invests in the future of dance, and is a crucial mechanism for finding and nurturing the next generation of dancers, choreographers and audiences.

The group worked in collaboration with Emily Piercy and Ross Carpenter to create original choreography over a four day intensive rehearsal period. Their piece, entitled ‘Overtures’, explored concepts such as travelling, conducting, audience reactions and an orchestra.

Our Performing Arts student and curtain raiser performer, Lizzy Phillips, says, “Performing on the Mayflower Theatre stage and having the opportunity to work with the Re:Bourne Company was amazing and something that I will never forget!”

Lisa Fernandez-Adams, our Head of Performing Arts, says, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Mayflower Engage and to be given the unique opportunity to allow our Dance and Performing Arts students to work with one of the UK’s leading dance companies, Adventures in Motion Pictures and Re:Bourne. The insight and creative process, as well as the outstanding performance opportunity, will enhance our students’ understanding of the Performing Arts world, and will be a forever memory.”

This experience encompasses just one of many outstanding opportunities available to our Performing Arts students!