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Creativity in face of adversity celebrated during Sir Matthew Bourne visit to Islington Arts and Media School

PUBLISHED: 11:04 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:12 05 May 2017

Sir Matthew Bourne with staff and students at Islington Arts and Media School.

Sir Matthew Bourne with staff and students at Islington Arts and Media School.

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Creativity in the face of adversity was celebrated at Islington Arts and Media School last night when a choreographer paid a visit to talk about his career in dance.

Sir Matthew Bourne gave a talk at Islington Arts and Media School.Sir Matthew Bourne gave a talk at Islington Arts and Media School.

Having entered the industry at the age of 22, Sir Matthew Bourne choreographed a wave of hit dance adaptations including Edward Scissorhands, Mary Poppins and Sleeping Beauty.

Sir Matthew praised the Turle Road school’s young dancers – who performed on the evening – and offered to send in professionals from his company to run workshops.

Headteacher Susan Service opened the evening by telling the audience of the “severe cuts” facing educators next year and the “negative impact” this may have on the arts in schools.

“We cannot imagine a world where pupils lose their entitlement to be taught mathematics or science, but nationally we allow arts education to be marginalised almost to extinction.

“Sir Matthew’s lecture affirms our school’s commitment to the debate of arts education in our schools today.”

The event was attended by more than a hundred guests and raised funds towards extra-curricular activities for students.

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