Matthew Bourne has announced the 2020/21 cohort of New Adventures development scheme Overture.
The programme recruits dancers and dance teachers who have been working in community and education settings for less than five years, with the aim of helping them reach the next level of their careers.
The 16-strong cohort features Felipe Pacheco, who was part of the young ensemble in Bourne’s 2014 production of Lord of the Flies, and Roisin Whelan, who performed in his Romeo and Juliet last year.
It also comprises Callum Anderson, Phoebe Chung, Stephanie Donohoe, Ellen Hathaway Spence, Sally Hendry, Kirsty Holmes, Stephanie Jenner, Rebecca Mulvihill, Hannah Raynor, Lewis Sharp, Michael Sookhan, Kashmira Sunni, Jessica Truslove and Patrick Webster.
The company said the group of artists has been chosen “for their work that spans both urban and rural settings, representing the diversity of contemporary England”.
New Adventures’ resident artist Kerry Biggin, who co-leads the scheme, said: “It is wonderful to be part of the journey and development of the dance artists and teachers that we work with each year on Overture. It is continually inspiring to see how each cohort grow and build their network, confidence and aspiration. It is always inspiring to see alumni continue to strive for their goals and ambitions and stay connected to their Overture network well after the programme has finished.”
The development scheme includes a series of residential weekends with New Adventures, as well as digital sessions carried out while lockdown is ongoing.