China Report: Fitup day in Beijing

December 20, 2007 at 3:36 pm (General Information, Overseas Tour) (, , , , , )

The Great Wall of China - Photo by Neil G Jarman

David Nixon taught class for the Dancers for the first time in 10 days so a bit of a shock to the system but essential to get them up to form for the opening night in Beijing tomorrow. As always the day was challenging. No lights on stage for class and no power for the electric piano. Eventually we found a cleaner’s socket in the auditorium and class got underway but not before David had to sing the first few exercises. Although David (and his wife Yoko Ichino) toured the world as dancers, this is his first ever visit to China. His verdict “I’m really glad I came” We took him to the Great Wall today which he found a very exciting , although strenuous experience. (Watch this space for David’s account of his visit to Beijing) Whilst we were away, the fit up continued in the Poly Theatre – again with its challenges but all will be fine for tomorrow’s opening.

The Great Wall of China

The Olympics meets the Great Wall - Photo by Neil G Jarman

The Great Wall of China

David Nixon and Mark Skipper at the Great Wall - Photo by Neil G Jarman

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The Nutcracker Story: The Southbank Show

December 20, 2007 at 2:16 pm (Company News, General Information) (, , )

Northern Ballet Theatre and David Nixon feature in The South Bank Show’s forthcoming programme about The Nutcracker … 

The Nutcracker Story: The South Bank Show 
Wednesday 26 December, 11.15pm – 12.15am, ITV 1

Margy Kinmouth’s film examines the creation of Tchaikovsky’s ballet based on Hoffman’s dark fairy tale, and visits the Mariinsky Theatre in Russia where it premiered in 1892 only to remain unperformed for more than half a century. Plus, a preview of Andrei Konchalovsky’s $80million movie version due for release in late 2008.

We hope you will tune in.
Read ITV’s media release here.

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