At Northern Ballet we have been shocked to learn of the tragic death of Jonathan Ollivier.
Jon was an extremely valued member of Northern Ballet and an extraordinary performer. He joined Northern Ballet in the corps rising to a principal dancer with the company dancing all the male leading roles. His creation of the role of Stanley in Didy Veldman's and Patricia Doyle's A Street Car Named Desire was the start of a highly successful career to follow. When I arrived at Northern Ballet I was inspired by the engaging charisma, strength and natural acting instincts of Jon. He soon became an integral part of my work and was involved in most of my creations. Most memorable will always be his incredibly powerful and unforgettable Heathcliff opposite Charlotte Talbot's Cathy. It was an inspired and privileged moment for me as a choreographer.
Jon went on to dance with Alberta Ballet and then with Mathew Bourne where he continued to grow as an artist and performer.
Jon's untimely death is a loss to the world of dance and unbelievably tragic for his family. Jon's legacy will live on through the memories of his performances and through the roles which he created. He will be very much missed. Our thoughts are very much with his family.
David Nixon OBE