We were delighted to collaborate recently on A PROJECT FOR JONNY with Sir Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures & Re:Bourne to provide a unique dance training initiative in memory of dancer Jonathan Ollivier.

A year ago Jonathan tragically died and in response, the Ollivier family created an online fund to raise money for Re:Bourne, the charitable arm of New Adventures. Some of the funds raised were used to deliver a project for young people in Jonathan’s hometown of Northampton in collaboration with Royal & Derngate.

This Christmas, Royal & Derngate hosted the European premiere of the five-time Tony winning show Peter and the Starcatcher in which audiences were taken on an unforgettable journey through a Neverland they never knew. The production’s Movement Director was Tom Jackson-Greaves, who has a long history as a dancer with New Adventures.

To coincide with the show, Royal & Derngate and New Adventures & Re:Bourne worked with young people from across Northamptonshire to develop a response piece under the leadership of two New Adventures & Re:Bourne dance artists. Their performance drew on the pioneering choreographic language of New Adventures and the staging of Peter and the Starcatcher itself.

This unique curtain-raiser piece was presented on Friday 16 December, complementing the evening performance of Peter and the Starcatcher and was introduced by Sir Matthew Bourne.

This project was focused on young people aged 14-21 who may have little or no previous experience of dance, with a particular emphasis placed upon encouraging young men – too often averse to dance training – to take part.

 

For more information about other opportunities aimed at young people, please take a look at our Get Involved pages or email [email protected]