Choreographer Drew McOnie is to launch a new dance company to create work that bridges the gap between musical theatre and dance audiences.
The McOnie Company will develop new or re-imagined pieces with an ensemble of performers from both disciplines.
The company will comprise a changing number of dancers, with up to 15 performers in one production at a time and is currently working on six shows.
Its artistic director Drew McOnie said it is a theatre-dance company that is “at its heart” an exploration into “just how far musical theatre choreography can go”.
He said: “The company is set on creating narrative, dance-led productions that appeal to both musical theatre and dance audiences, and has a passion for new writing.”
The company’s first piece, Drunk, will premiere in early 2014. The show will have music and lyrics by Grant Olding, who is best known for composing the music for the National Theatre production of One Man, Two Guvnors.
Described as a theatre-dance revue, the production will include characters inspired by different alcoholic drinks and brands.
Directed and choreographed by McOnie, the show will run at Leicester’s Curve from January 20 to February 1, 2014, before transferring to the Bridewell Theatre in London from February 5 to March 1.
Set and costume design is by Ryan Laight and the show is being produced by Lucy Ockenden for the McOnie Company.
McOnie was recently appointed associate artist at Curve and will develop his company’s productions at the venue’s studio theatre.
“The seeds of this company started many years ago when I began to bring together groups of dancers that I found inspiring in the shows that I was working on, to get into a studio, push ourselves further and develop,” said McOnie.
He added: “As a musical theatre performer you rarely get the chance to do this and work under the umbrella of the same creative team to develop and hone your craft, which is a luxury that a lot of top level contemporary and classical dancers have.”