As a creative response to Cinderella, a thrilling and evocative love story set during the Second World War, Matthew Bourne’s renowned dance company New Adventures will create bespoke dance works to be performed at IWM North on Saturday 17 March.
The museum will come to life with stories inspired by the local heritage, histories and artefacts, all told in New Adventures’ unique narrative style.
At IWM North, the dance will be performed by an intergenerational company, with older people integrating with primary school children and responding to the wartime stories and photographs in the museum’s collections that evoke themes of family, evacuation and community.
Alternating with the dance performances will be conversations with war veterans, who will share their stories of experiencing conflict and of coming back home.
Additionally, New Adventures dance artists will lead fun, playful and creative workshops in between the performances, where visitors get to learn choreography from Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of Cinderella and have the opportunity to create a little something of their own. The workshops are open to all ages and abilities.
Diane Lees, Director-General, Imperial War Museums said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with renowned dance company New Adventures to present Imperial War Museums’ stories in a truly engaging and creative way. As visitors and participants immerse themselves in the awe and wonder of the dance performances we hope that they’ll feel a connection with the human stories that have inspired them.”
Sir Matthew Bourne OBE, Artistic Director, New Adventures said: “We’re very excited to be delivering this unique project with Imperial War Museums. We hope that visitors and participants alike enjoy the performances and workshops and we hope to see you at one of our shows very soon!”
Saturday 17 March 2018
Main Exhibition Space, IWM North
Dance performances at 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm
Meet a veteran at 11.30am and 3.30pm
Dance workshops at 12.30pm and 2pm