The Old Market, Sussex Dance Network and New Adventures are delighted to announce “Doorstep Duets” bringing live dance to neighbourhood spaces, including public performances on Tuesday 2 August at Corner Store Community Centre, All Saints Church Community Café and Exeter Street Hall Community Hub; Wednesday 3 August at Lee Smikle Dance Studio, Pavilion Garden’s Café, and Wellsbourne Clinic in Whitehawk; and Friday 5 August at Newhaven Marina Promontory. Full listings below.
“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.
The Old Market will be taking Doorstep Duets to All Saints Church Community Café, Exeter Street Hall Community Hub, Corner Store Community Centre, Pavilion Gardens Café, Lee Smikle Dance Studio and Wellsbourne Clinic in Whitehawk on Tuesday 2 August and Wednesday 3 August.
Sussex Dance Network, supported by The Chalk Cliff Trust, will be working with a number of local organisations to take performances to the doorsteps of private gardens and organisations in Brighton, Eastbourne, Seaford, Ovingdean, Peacehaven and Newhaven from Thursday 4 August to Saturday 6 August. Organisations and partners include: The Blind Veterans UK Brighton Centre, The MacMillan Horizon Centre for Macmillan Cancer Support; the Brighton Unemployed Families Project, The Hop 50+, Newhaven Foyer, Kempton House Day Centre, Newhaven Youth Centre, Newhaven Marina Promontory, Newhaven Festival, The Hawthorns Retirement Village, Sea DEEP and Everycare.
Performances in Brighton 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; 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.