News: Matthew Bourne Creates New Company

Tuesday 4 September 2001

Matthew Bourne Creates New Company

The rumoured split between Katherine Dore and Matthew Bourne has been big news across the dance scene over the summer months creating gossip, speculation and unease, but finally an official press release has confirmed the company’s plans, together with the announcement of the birth of an exciting new company.

Bourne has opted to branch out, together with long standing collaborators Etta Murfitt, Scott Ambler and Lez Brotherston, to create a new company called New Adventures. This new company will produce or co-produce a wide range of work including large-scale theatre spectaculars, smaller scale experimental pieces and original film and television projects. Scott Ambler and Etta Murfitt have been appointed as Associate Artistic Directors and Lez Brotherston has been invited to take up the post of Artistic Associate. The new company will have its headquarters at the Old Vic.

Bourne’s original company, Adventures in Motion Pictures, will continue to tour extensively under the management of Katherine Dore with Bourne remaining its artistic director. The company is presently touring the USA with The Car Man and a tour to Japan, Australia and Japan is scheduled for next year. It is also hoped that a major new performing company will be formed in 2003 to tour Bourne’s award winning production of Swan Lake. However, all future work created by Matthew Bourne will be made for his own company, New Adventures, on a freelance basis.

Several projects and co-productions are already in the planning stages. Bourne is currently in negotiations with The National Theatre to launch the company’s inaugural production in the Lyttleton Theatre as part of their ‘Transformations’ season scheduled to take place next summer. As a freelance artist Bourne will renew his partnership with Trevor Nunn following their successful collaboration on My Fair Lady, in a new production of the Roger and Hammerstein musical South Pacific at the Olivier Theatre in December this year. He is also developing a stage production for Walt Disney Theatricals based on the animated classic, The Little Mermaid. Later this year, Channel 4 will screen a documentary “special” made by Landseer Films touching on Bourne’s career and male dancing in particular. BOURNE TO DANCE will be screened as a prelude to C4’s Christmas airing of the film version of AMP’s THE CAR MAN, captured earlier this year at Pinewood Studios.

Says Matthew Bourne, “ I am tremendously excited by the freedom and opportunity that this new company represents for me. I chose the name ‘New Adventures’ because of its combination of an obvious link with the past and the promise of exciting things to come. I am extremely happy to be continuing my relationship with The Old Vic, a building with unprecedented links to the history of British dance, music and theatre; and am very grateful to Sally Greene and The Old Vic Board for the use of office space at the venue. I hope that New Adventures will become an important part of the life of The Old Vic, both as a resident Company and as a presenter of regular productions upon its famous stage”

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