This post from Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures is the first in a series of guest posts from companies and artists performing at GDIF 2017. Enjoy!
Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures are very excited to be performing at Greenwich+Docklands International Festival on 1 July.
We will be performing an adaptation of Country from Town and Country which has been touring as part of Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures since February 2017. Early Adventures is a collection of hit pieces that launched Matthew’s career and first toured in 2012, as part of our 25th year anniversary. This year it has toured to celebrate 30 years of New Adventures and we’re looking forward to giving even more people a chance to see Country.
Country is the second part of Town and Country, first created in 1991 and where we in fact received our first Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. Moving and hilarious, this heartfelt pastiche explores notions of national character from a bygone era, through the evocative music of Percy Grainger. With an unforgettable clog dance and recognisable images of rural Britain, Country is a much-loved piece of Matthew’s. Quintessentially British, Country portrays all the quirky characteristics of Brits in the countryside, drinking tea, milking cows, sowing seeds and farm life with the intense wildness of the English moors.
In conversation with Alastair Macaulay, renowned dance critic, in his book Matthew Bourne and his adventures in dance, Matthew said:
“although it’s very frivolous at times and I was much less mature when I made it – by the end I am much more moved. I feel very, very connected to all the things in that piece. I’m like that now when I watch it on video, and was like that in 1991 when I was dancing it. I wasn’t on in the last section, and I would stand in the wings, and always shed a little tear. I love the music so much, as well.”
During the Early Adventures tour a Spotify playlist of the music that is inspired by the world of the production was put together with Matthew.
You can listen to it here: http://new-adventures.net/early-adventures/news/early-adventures-spotify-playlist
What the critics say:
★★★★★ “Unmissable” THE OBSERVER
★★★★ “A witty delight” SUNDAY TIMES
Performance times 2.20pm and 3.45pm