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Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies Legacy continues with a free dance weekend for boys in June in Cardiff
In Partnership with Wales Millennium Centre, Rubicon Dance and National Dance Company Wales


Following on from Matthew Bourne’s hugely successful production of Lord of The Flies in 2014, the organisations involved in the collaboration are reuniting to host a free weekend of dance at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff on the 18 & 19 June for boys and young men aged between 9-25.


Wales Millennium Centre, Rubicon and National Dance Company Wales in partnership with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Re:Bourne will be running two days of dance workshops at the Wales Millennium Centre for those who want to have the opportunity dance.


Over the two days there will be a variety of fun and energetic workshops delivered by Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures team, National Dance Company Wales dancers and Rubicon, plus talks by male dancers and those working in the dance sector. No experience is necessary, just the energy, curiosity, appetite and to dance.


Graeme Farrow, Artistic Director at Wales Millennium Centre said: “We look forward to hosting this legacy event at Wales Millennium Centre after seeing so many boys and young men engage with our project with Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies in 2014.  Many of these boys went on to pursue dance full time at some of the UK’s leading dance schools. Billy Elliot the musical is visiting the Centre in June, therefore it’s fitting that this event will take place the same time. It’s important we provide opportunities like this to young people and keep investing in our local communities and supporting their aspirations.”


In 2014 Matthew Bourne’s Lord of The Flies called out for young men across South Wales to audition and take part in the performance at the Wales Millennium Centre aiming to develop and nurture interest in dance for young men. The project attracted hundreds of applications with 24 from South Wales being selected to perform on the Wales Millennium Centre stage with the professional company. Now the dance companies and organisations are looking to build on that interest by holding a free dance weekend which will eventually lead to more boys and young men wanting to dance in Wales.


Director of Rubicon Dance, Kathryn Williams said: “Lord of the Flies worked with more than 100 boys in Wales and one of our Rubicon Full Time Dance students, Joshua Dance, made the final 24 for the Cardiff cast.  Together with our partners NDCW and WMC we were keen to keep up the momentum for boys dance that had been created by the Lord of the Flies production and we are excited about the Boys Dance Weekend being a springboard for our new Boys' Dance Group which will be launched in September and is supported by Re:Bourne and New Adventures.”


National Dance Company Wales’ Artistic Director, Caroline Finn said, “Matthew Bourne is a force of nature in the dance world and has already inspired so many people to start dancing. The Lord of the Flies collaboration in 2014 was a really exciting opportunity to show that dance can truly be for everyone and it is important that the legacy of his work is continued. Currently, at NDCWales, we have more males dancers than female in the company and we hope to continue to inspire young male generations to dance. We are looking forward to working with Rubicon and Wales Millennium Centre to eventually create a new boys dance group for South East Wales in September.”


For further information about the Boys Dance Weekend on 18 and 19 June, please visit www.wmc.org.uk or contact Sian Rowlands for a booking form Sian.Rowlands@wmc.org.uk or call 02920 636450.