Trinity Laban alumnus makes debut with New Adventures

Wed 13 Mar 2019

Dancer Cameron Everitt joins Sir Matthew Bourne’s award-winning dance company for international tour of iconic Swan Lake.

Recent graduate Cameron Everitt was on holiday when he got the call offering him his dream job: a contract with New Adventures for their UK and international tour of Swan Lake. The legendary production is a passionate, contemporary interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s beloved tale that has earned over 30 international accolades including an Olivier and three Tony Awards.

“From watching on YouTube to being in it is so surreal,” explains Cameron on the first step in what will surely be a stellar career. “It’s everything and more than I expected it to be.”

Ever since studying Bourne’s work as part of GCSE Dance, Cameron has known that he wanted to dance with the company that “tells expressive and theatrically beautiful stories”. So, when the invitation came, he flew straight back to London and into rehearsals at renowned dance venue Sadler’s Wells before making his on stage debut with New Adventures as Swan 8 on 22 January.

Cameron is now performing with the company at regional venues throughout the UK. Later this year he will travel further afield, getting the chance to perform at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

But this is not Cameron’s first brush with New Adventures. Whilst in his second year of training at Trinity Laban, Cameron performed the lead role of James in an extract from Act Two of Bourne’s Highland Fling (1994), a 'romantic wee ballet' based on the classic La Sylphide, and worked directly with New Adventures resident artist Kerry Biggin. 

The excerpt formed part of the annual BA2 Historical Project, where students recreate timeless works by some of contemporary dance’s most pioneering and admired choreographers, learning directly from company artists.

“Restaging Highland Fling really got my foot in the door,” says Cameron. “I chose to train at Trinity Laban because of their links with Sir Matthew Bourne OBE and New Adventures.”

Sir Matthew Bourne completed his BA at Trinity Laban before going on to dance with Transitions Dance Company, and has previously described his experience with Transitions as a direct influence on creating New Adventures.

On his time at Trinity Laban Cameron continues, “Doing a mix of ballet, contemporary, and release makes you adaptable to any job. I can pick up new things quickly and am free to adapt, not stuck in one specific style or genre.

“I was so nervous coming in to New Adventures, but they made me feel so welcome. It’s a lovely company to work for. The choreography is so fun and exciting. There’s always something new to find and experience. I want to do this every day.”

Cameron joins fellow Trinity Laban alumnus Jack Parry in Swan Lake, whilst current students Kayleigh Oborka-Letman and Ashton Hall who are appearing in Bourne’s new production of Romeo and Juliet.

Full information and tour dates can be found on the New Adventures website.

All four students are studying or have studied on Trinity Laban's internationally renowned BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance. We would like to invite you to our final audition for 2019 entry to this programme on Sat 27 April. To find out more visit our dance auditions page.

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Main image: Cameron Everitt, Historical Project 2016 (credit: Lidia Crisafulli)

In text image: Cameron Everitt in Swan Lake (2019)