Hello and welcome to my latest blog. This time I have a collection from two of our recent ballets, Swan Lake, which we performed in Bradford, Woking and Aylesbury; and The Nutcracker which we performed in Nottingham, Sheffield, Norwich, Manchester and Leeds. Though an injury to my knee prevented me from doing all of the Nutcracker performances, I was able to pick up my camera a little more and get some shots from the side of stage.
Production Manager: Tim Anger Revival Production Manager: Andy Waddington Construction: Bryan Tweddle Ian Broscomb Jeff Winstanley Jon Moorhouse Mike Roberts Peter Deacon Scenic Artists Dave Gillan Jerry Hedford Marice Rose Matt Grace Sarah East Props Ali Allen Northern Ballet Theatre Stage Management
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.