Trinity Laban dancers selected for Matthew Bourne programme


Four Trinity Laban alumni have been selected for the Community Dance Programme Overture, hosted by Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Re:Bourne.

Tom Bowes, Charlotte Haddon, Elise Phillips and Jenny Reeves comprise four of the 16 community dance practitioners selected for Overture 2016-2017. Over 12 months, the artists will take part in three residential weekends comprising practical workshops, classes and skills-sharings, featuring appearances from guest teachers with a wide variety of dance backgrounds. Participants are also taught skills such as fundraising and time-management to support their career development.

Resident Artist Kerry Biggin – who recently spent time at Trinity Laban working with students to recreate an extract from Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling – comments:

"Following on from the success of our first group of Overture community dance artists last year, we are very excited to work with our new 16/17 cohort. The programme is built around sessions to develop their practice, encourage thinking, evaluation and skill share, build networks and importantly refresh and inspire.”

Sir Matthew Bourne graduated from Trinity Laban’s Transitions Dance Company in 1986. He has since become one of Britain’s best-loved choreographers, and his company, New Adventures, is the country’s biggest dance export internationally. His charitable programme Re:Bourne invests in the future of contemporary dance , nurturing choreographers and community dancers alike. Matthew is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban, and recent recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation (QEII) Award.

To find out more on Overture, visit the New Adventures website.

Image: Helen Maybanks