A Project for Johnny


In 2016 New Adventures & Re:Bourne and Royal & Derngate collaborated on a unique training initiative in memory of Northamptonian Jonathan Ollivier, who tragically and unexpectedly died in 2015.

In response to public support, the Ollivier family created an online fund to raise money for the London Air Ambulance and Re:Bourne, the charitable arm of New Adventures. These funds were used to deliver a project for young people in collaboration with Royal & Derngate, in Jonathan’s hometown of Northampton.

To coincide with our Made In Northampton Christmas show, Peter And The Starcatcher, we worked alongside New Adventures & Re:Bourne with a wide range of young people from across Northamptonshire. Drawn from across the region, the majority of young participants hadn’t had any previous experience of dance and a focus was placed upon encouraging young men – too often averse to dance training – to take part in this unique initiative.

A response piece to Peter And The Starcatcher was created by participants 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 response piece was performed as a curtain raiser on Friday 16 December before the evening performance of Peter And The Starcatcher.

Watch the recorded version of the live streaming here.

Royal & Derngate and New Adventures & Re:Bourne gratefully acknowledge the support of all those who donated to the fund in Jonathan’s memory.