News: Dance in the UK Theatre Awards

Friday 23 October 2015 by Carmel Smith

Matthew Bourne at the UK Theatre Awards

Choreographer Matthew Bourne received The Stage Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre at the 2015 UK Theatre Awards, which were announced at the Guildhall recently (Sunday 18 October).

Candoco Dance Company received the Achievement in Dance award for “a terrifically entertaining revival of Jérôme Bel’s postmodern classic” – The Show Must Go On and Rambert won in the Achievement in Marketing category, for its work in attracting new audiences to contemporary dance, which has led to record breaking attendances in 2014/15.

In his acceptance speech, Matthew Bourne said “I had always hoped that there could be a huge, popular, audience out there for large-scale narrative dance, outside of a couple of Grand Opera Houses in London and our bigger cities and the way to reach that audience was to create accessible, welcoming work that still remained questioning and challenging. This dream could not have been achieved without all those Venue Managers, Artistic Directors and Programmers throughout the UK, who, over the last 20 years, have taken the gamble of presenting New Adventures style of Contemporary Dance Theatre, and who have helped to create and develop a whole new and unprecedented audience for dance that has exceeded any of our expectations.

“My company, New Adventures and my charity, ReBourne, is made up of the most extraordinary group of dedicated, highly skilled, passionate and downright gorgeous people. It’s a very small organisation that takes on a workload that most bigger organisations would find daunting. I am grateful every day for what they do and how they do it.

“Running your own company and producing the work that you want to make is a privilege that I am forever mindful of and grateful for. For as long as I can remember this has been my dream, and, god willing, I have a few more shows in me yet and a few more audiences to entertain!”

The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide Awards to honour outstanding achievement in regional theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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