New Adventures dancing on your doorstep

Published: 14 July 2022
Reporter: Vera Liber

Doorstep Duets, originally created in 2021 by New Adventures and Farnham Maltings as a response to social isolation, offered world-class performance on their street, in local parks and through community-based organisations, will return in 2022.

The first free public performances of Ding Dong and High Tide are on Saturday 23 July 2022 at Farnham Maltings and the tour will end at the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival with performances on 10 and 11 September 2022.

Ding Dong by Sophia Hurdley is a story of an unlikely friendship that develops between two socially awkward individuals during a pandemic. A set of parcel deliveries breaks down social barriers and preconceptions, we are left with bunting, tea, and friendship.

High Tide by Daisy May Kemp follows 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.

The New Adventures company dancers performing in both pieces include Sam Archer, Isaac Bowry, Madelaine Brennan, Cameron Flynn, Savannah French, Ashton Hall, and Luke Murphy.

Kerry Biggin, Take Part Creative Director, said, “the joy of this project is not only in the impact of the performances but also in the development and growth it provides for our artists. The project gives a platform for choreographers within New Adventures to develop and the dancers are a mix of seasoned New Adventures performers, mid-career and those taking their first steps into the professional world. This approach to peer mentoring and continued professional and talent development is at the core of what we do, and I can’t wait to see how these artists grow and thrive through the tour.”