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Dance Woking and New Adventures announce the return of ‘Doorstep Duets’

Dance Woking and New Adventures is delighted to announce the return of ‘Doorstep Duets’ bringing back live dance to neighbourhood spaces including public performances on

Thursday 28 July 4.45pm

Westfield Common, Woking, GU22 9NS

(next to the playground)

Friday 29 July 12.30pm

Goldsworth Park (next to the new BMX bike track) Wishbone Way, Woking, GU21 3RT

Friday 29 July 4.30pm

Henry Plaza, Woking Town Centre (indoor space outside M&S)

“Doorstep Duets” was originally created in 2021 by New Adventures and Farnham Maltings as a response to social isolation caused by the pandemic and to make dance more accessible.

This year there are two brand-new Doorstep Duets: “Ding Dong” and “High Tide”, offering free opportunities for people to enjoy world-class performances in their local neighbourhood and through community-based organisations.

Dance Woking will be working with local organisations to take performances to the doorsteps of Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing residents at Westfield Common, Pleiades Leisure, Woking Borough Council, Victoria Place Shopping Centre; Stanwell Events, Staines; as well as performing for clients of Woodlands House, Kettlewell House, Mayford Grange Village, Kings Lodge Care Centre, Hale End Court, Greenview Hall, Dance Woking Club4 attendees & Woking Women’s Liaise Centre.

Performances in Woking are part of a wider tour where New Adventures and House Theatre are working with several venues and organisations across the Southeast of England including: Farnham Maltings; Surrey County Council; Dance Woking; The Old Market, Brighton and Hove; Sussex Dance Network; Margate Pride; Gulbenkian, Canterbury; The Alex, Faversham; Mercury Theatre, Colchester; Dance Network Association; Watford Borough Council; Dacorum Community Dance; BEEE Creative and Greenwich and Docklands International Festival (GDIF).

The creation of these two pieces has been overseen by New Adventures Take Part Creative Director, Kerry Biggin and New Adventures Associate Artistic Director, Etta Murfitt MBE: “We have an ambition to reach even more people with Doorstep Duets this year and I can’t wait to see how the audiences connect to the work.”

Escape from the everyday and immerse yourself in the stories, which in true New Adventures style, are lively, characterful, and full of happiness.

“Ding Dong” by Sophia Hurdley, is a touching duet that tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two detached individuals during unprecedented times.

Sophia Hurdley joined New Adventures in 2002 and most recently starred as ‘Irina’ in “The Red Shoes” in 2019/20. She is a workshop leader for the company and works on the company’s outreach programmes and talent development schemes. Sophia’s choreography credits include: “Happy Prince Musical” and “The Place”.

“High Tide” by Daisy May Kemp invites you to come to the water’s edge to follow five people’s journeys as they navigate life’s choppy waters. If someone is all at sea we help them back on board, adjust the sails and continue together. No person is an island.

Daisy May Kemp joined New Adventures in 2005 and most recently starred as ‘Queen Candy’ in “Nutcracker!” and ‘Netta Longdon’ in “The Midnight Bell”. She has taken on the roles of Dance Captain, Assistant to Tour Director, Resident Artist and Resident Practitioner, as well as working on New Adventures outreach programmes. Her choreography credits include Assistant Choreographer for La Traviata at Glyndebourne and for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at ENO.

The New Adventures company dancers who will perform both pieces are:

Sam Archer created the title role of “Edward Scissorhands” in 2005 and more recently the iconic role of Svengali-like Impresario “Boris Lermontov” in “The Red Shoes” in 2019. He has also starred in “Cinderella”, “The Car Man” and “Play Without Words”.

Isaac Bowry was a member of young ensemble in “Lord of the Flies” in 2014. He joined New Adventures for the 2018/19 UK tour of “Swan Lake”. He performed in “Doorstep Duets” in 2021 and most recently the “The Car Man” at the Royal Albert Hall.

Madelaine Brennan joined New Adventures in 2003. She has starred in numerous productions including the original cast of “Edward Scissorhands” in 2005 and most recently the original cast of “Romeo and Juliet” in 2019.

Cameron Flynn was a member of the young ensemble in “Lord of the Flies” in 2014. He joined New Adventures in 2019 as part of the original cast of “Romeo and Juliet”. He most recently starred in the “The Car Man” at the Royal Albert Hall.

Savannah French was a member of the “Romeo and Juliet” young cast in 2019. She is making her professional debut and New Adventures debut in “Doorstep Duets” having completed her training at Oundle School of Ballet.

Ashton Hall was a member of the of young ensemble in “Lord of the Flies” in 2014, and “Romeo and Juliet” young cast in 2019. He is making his professional debut and New Adventures debut in “Doorstep Duets” having completed his training at Trinity Laban.

Luke Murphy joined New Adventures in 2006, and most recently starred in “Lord of the Flies” in 2014. He has also performed in “Edward Scissorhands”, “The Car Man”, “Swan Lake”, “Nutcracker!” and “Sleeping Beauty”.

New Adventures partners are Farnham Maltings and house. This programme is supported by Arts Council England. For more information please on public performances across the Southeast this summer please visit:https://new-adventures.net/take-part/communities#doorstep-duets

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Dance Woking’s Rotate

Dance Woking is an innovative dance organisation that provides high quality opportunities to watch, perform and take part in dance, providing new experiences that inspire artists, audiences, participants, and communities.

October 2015 saw Dance Woking partner with Woking Borough Council, Sportivate, Woking Gymnastics Club and The Urban Playground Team to deliver ‘Rotate’ a new performance parkour workshop every Friday evening at Woking Gymnastics Club from 8pm – 9.30pm. The session was very very well attended by young people aged 11plus and with further funding from Thames Valley Housing Association, Dance Woking was able to continue to deliver workshops in the Spring & Summer of 2016.

In May Half Term 2016, Thursday 2 & Friday 3 June, at HG Wells Conference & Events Centre in central Woking and this time with additional support from Arts Council England’s Grants for The Arts Scheme, participants from Rotate worked with performance parkour specialists Alister and Miranda from The Urban Playground Team in a two day intensive on a ‘metal structure’. This structure was the ‘carriage’ of a train and following the two-day intensive enabled the group to perform in STEAM at Party in the Park on Saturday 9 July 2016 in front of record crowds. A fantastic opportunity and experience for the Rotate group.

Woking & Addlestone Youth Centres

Dance Woking hosted weekly parkour sessions in Woking and Addlestone.

Unfortunately, with the rapid progress and impact of COVID-19 we are unable to proceed with our planned Summer activity and regular weekly clubs.

As we adapt and adjust to the new reality the welfare of our artistes, team, audiences, community remains paramount. Over the coming weeks we will be getting in touch and updating our website and ways of working and look forward to working with on a new way of working and what we can offer.

You maybe interested to read about the very successful Boys Platform.

LINK: https://www.dancewoking.com/newslisting/boys-take-centre-stage/

image by Jake Samuels

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MoveMe 2016

Bert

‘In the summer of 2015 Dance Woking was first introduced to Bert Roman’s MoveMe. As an organisation that is extremely interested in getting more people to dance and combining participation with performance Bert’s MoveMe was the ideal concept for us.

MoveMe’s vision is that dance unifies, contributes to a healthy life and that anyone can participate.

MoveMe stages participatory dance events best described as ….’dance meets party‘. MoveMe’s events place the audience at the centre of the action. Using a storytelling method to take the audience on a journey through an irresistible music track, a professional dancer teaches a routine in just 30minutes. Once the learning is over the dance floors erupts with shared fun and movement. It is communal yet structured to make dance accessible and fun for both participant and spectator. It can be used either indoors or outside on a variety of scales as either an independent event or within a programme of activity.

Bert made such an impact at last year’s Party in the Park Dance Woking felt we would like to engage with him and his team further and see how we could develop his concept to have a greater impact in Woking. At the end of May 2016 Bert taught some of Dance Woking’s freelance Dance teachers routines to T Rex ‘We Love to Boogie‘ and James Brown ‘I Feel Good‘. The Dance Woking team then set out to teach Bert’s moves to both community and school groups in Woking as part of Dance Woking’s outreach programme.

Taking part at Party in the Park this year were Woking College, National Citizen Service (NCS) Dance Woking group, Westfield Primary School, Horsell Junior School & Surrey Vyne Ladies group. All joined Bert at Woking Park on Saturday 9 July and had a fabulous time taking part in his performance and encouraging others to do likewise.

Dance Woking and MoveMe are teaming up later this summer to head to CarFest South where for the first time the event will be hosting dance activity. More details to follow later this summer…

MoveMe at Encounters Stage Party in the Park 2016 leading T Rex ‘We Like to Boogie’ interactive performance
Bert’s workshop in full swing
MoveMe workshop Encounters Tent Party in the Park
Bert takes his interactive performance to the Main Stage at Party in the Park

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