read Mark Skipper's blog about the Pop-up performances in Hangzhou
I Got Rhythm
At the end of the 2012 Spring tour Northern Ballet brought back David Nixon's I Got Rhythm, a celebration of Gershwin in Song and Dance. This video features excerpts from the title song performed by Northern Ballet dancers Ben Mitchell and Kevin Poeung. A wonderful, exuberent and uplifting piece the dances bring to life the simple joys anyone can find through dance.
Production photographs for I Got Rhythm taken by Emma Kauldhar at Leeds Grand Theatre, May 2012.
A peek into the rehearsal studios as Northern Ballet dancers were rehearsing one of the numbers from I Got Rhythm, 'Cuban Overture'. Featuring an interview with dancers Martin Bell & Christie Duncan this video peeks behind the curtain of the rehearsal studios - of the hard work and humour.
Robert was born in Jamaica and studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Whilst a student his prizes and awards included the Tom Hammond Opera Prize, the Vice Principal’s Award for Excellence, the Kiwanis International Music Festival Silver Tray, the ABRSM International Scholarship, the Oratorio Prize and the Major Van Someren-Godfery Prize for English Song.
I Got Rhythm – the genius of Gershwin® in song and dance
Born: Lancashire. Education: Girton College, Cambridge; Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Companies/Organisations: Kiel Opera House, Germany (conductor and rehearsal pianist); Northern Ballet Theatre (conductor and rehearsal pianist); Sheffield Symphony Orchestra (artistic director); Leeds College of Music (opera conductor), English National Ballet (guest conductor The Nutcracker and Giselle).
David Nixon has been Artistic Director of Northern Ballet since 2001. David trained as a dancer, first in his hometown of Chatham, Ontario and then at the National Ballet School of Canada where his training began in earnest. It was during his time there that he first became interested in choreography, helping to revive a choreographic workshop with the approval of school director Betty Oliphant. After further training in Europe he returned to Canada to train with Erik Bruhn and the great Russian teacher, Eugene Valukin.