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Sir Matthew Bourne OBE

Choreographer, Director


My experience with Transitions led directly to me setting up my company New Adventures (formally Adventures In Motion Pictures), with a group of fellow [Trinity] Laban students and members of Transitions. It taught me how a touring company worked. My BA Course was instrumental in developing my passion for choreography and I owe a great debt to my 4 years at what was then called The Laban Centre for Movement and Dance! My company which started as a group of friends who wanted to perform and choreograph is now the UK’s most popular dance company and Britain's biggest dance export throughout the world…. but I’m happy to say, it still feels like a group of friends who want to please an audience.

Sir Matthew Bourne OBE
Sir Matthew Bourne OBE


Sir Matthew Bourne OBE completed his BA at Trinity Laban before going on to do the Graduate Diploma in Dance Performance (Transitions Dance Company) graduating in 1986. After graduating Matthew founded Adventures In Motion Pictures who he performed with and created many award winning works for. In 2002 he launched his new company New Adventures which has won numerous awards including 10 Olivier Awards. His choreography includes The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands and Lord of the Flies as well as re-workings of ballet classics like Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, which is the world’s longest running ballet production. As well as his work for his own company, Matthew has choreographed for musicals and theatre including Oliver! My Fair Lady and South Pacific. He is the only British director to win the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical. He was awarded the OBE for Services to Dance in 2001 and received a Knighthood in 2016. Matthew is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban.