house theatre is delighted to be working in partnership with New Adventures & Farnham Maltings on the return of “Doorstep Duets” with two brand new short pieces for 2022: “Ding Dong” by New Adventures Dance Artist Sophia Hurdley and “High Tide” by New Adventures Dance Artist Daisy May Kemp.
“Doorstep Duets” was originally created in 2021 by New Adventures and Farnham Maltings as a response to social isolation. Offering free opportunities where people can enjoy world-class performance in their local neighbourhood, on their street, in local parks, and through community-based organisations. The aim of the project is to bring joy, escapism, and connection, and make dance more accessible to everyone.
For 2022, New Adventures and house theatre are working with a number of venues and arts organisations across the Southeast of England, to bring the pieces to their local community, including: Farnham Maltings; Surrey County Council; Dance Woking; The Old Market, Brighton and Hove; Sussex Dance Network; 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 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. There will also be a performance at Margate Pride on Saturday 13 August. Further public performances across the Southeast of England in July and August to be announced. Please go to https://new-adventures.net/take-part/communities#doorstep-duets for more information.
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 story of an unlikely friendship that develops between two socially awkward individuals during the unprecedented times of 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 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.
Sophia Hurdley joined New Adventures in 2002 making her debut with the company in Matthew Bourne’s “Nutcracker!”, whilst most recently she starred 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” directed and written by Hal Cazalet and Michael Barry for Wilde Productions; The Place; various works for Performers College and NYB Junior Company. Sophia is currently studying for an MA in Choreography at Central School of Ballet.
Daisy May Kemp joined New Adventures in 2005 making her debut with the company in Matthew Bourne’s iconic “Swan Lake”, whilst most recently she starred in “Romeo and Juliet” in 2019. She has also taken on the roles of Dance Captain, Assistant to Tour Director, Resident Artist and Resident Practitioner. She has worked on New Adventures outreach programmes including: ‘Dancers in Residence’ at the William Patten Primary School, London in 2018 and the “My Shout project” with the Farnham over 55s group. Her choreography credits include Assistant Choreographer for La Traviata at Glyndebourne and for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at ENO, Aix-en-Provance and Bergen Opera. Daisy is currently studying for an MA in Choreography at Central School of Ballet.
The creation of these two pieces has been overseen by New Adventures Associate Artistic Director, Etta Murfitt MBE and New Adventures Take Part Creative Director, Kerry Biggin.
“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.” Kerry Biggin, Take Part Creative Director.
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.” Etta Murfitt, Associate Artistic Director.
There are still dates available to bring the dancers to your local front doors this August:
Monday 15 – Wednesday 17 August
Monday 22 – Wednesday 24 August
Should you be interested in organising a last minute Doorstep Duet through your venue for the local community, please email Stephen Daly for more information and to find out the remaining dates.
Saturday 23 July 2022
High Tide – 12.30pm at Gostrey Meadows in Farnham
Saturday 1 August
Greenwich & Docklands International Festival
Saturday 10 September & Sunday 11 September 2022
Ding Dong – 2.10pm and 5.00pm at Jubilee Place Shopping Centre Canary Wharf
High Tide – 1.00pm and 3.20pm at Harbour Quay Gardens Canary Wharf