British dance company. It was founded in 1987 by a group of students from London's Laban Centre and was originally a repertory ensemble performing a variety of small-scale works. M. Bourne rapidly emerged as its main choreographer although the dancers, including Scott Ambler, remained significant collaborators. AMP's productions were noted for their wit, pastiche, and drama, for example Spitfire (1988) which parodied the manners of romantic ballet dancers through the posturing of male models, and Town and Country (1991), an affectionately satirical view of traditional English life. In 1993 the company was commissioned by Opera North to stage a new version of The Nutcracker which was to be the first of several re-writes of classical ballets—Highland Fling (1994, based on La Sylphide), Swan Lake (1995), Cinderella (1997), and Car Man (mus. Schredin-Bizet, arr. Terry Davies, 2000). In 2002 Bourne broke away to form New Adventures for whose debut he created Play Without Words (mus. Terry Davies, 2002). AMP, as a production company, retained the performing rights to some of Bourne's previous repertory.