Around the Web…

March 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm (General Information) (, , , , , , , , )

There’s a great profile on Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director (and former Northern Ballet Theatre Director of Learning & Access) Sharon Watson on the Cultural Leadership Programme’s Women to Watch List…

On the Ballet News blog there’s a Cupcakes & Conversation interview with our very own Kenneth Tindall

We’re in Edinburgh with Wuthering Heights this week, Herald Scotland has an interview with our Artistic Director, David Nixon and The Scotsman has an interview with Wuthering Heights composer  Claud-Michel Schönberg and his wife, former NBT dancer, Charlotte Talbot.

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National Dance Awards

January 21, 2010 at 4:01 pm (General Information) (, , , , , , )

This year’s Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards have now been awarded in a ceremony at Royal Opera House in London.

Northern Ballet Theatre Artistic Director, David Nixon OBE, presented the award for Best Classical Coreography to Wayne McGregor (collected by Monica Mason).

Unfortunately our First Soloist, Tobias Batley, didn’t win the award for Most Outstanding Male Performance (Classical) – which went to the deserving Sergei Polunin of The Royal Ballet.

A full list of winners are available on the National Dance Awards website.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.

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This Life: David Nixon

January 8, 2010 at 9:33 am (Artist's News) (, )

Artistic Director David Nixon

Northern Ballet Theatre Artistic Director, David Nixon

Yorkshire Evening Post have published a fantastic article on Northern Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director, David Nixon.

Read all about David’s upbringing, life, loves and more at the YEP website…

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One For All

June 10, 2009 at 8:53 am (Artist's News) (, , , , , , )

One For All

The Three Musketeers - Left: John Hull & Pippa Moore; Right: Christopher Hinton-Lewis & Desiré Samaai

The Three Musketeers - Left: John Hull & Pippa Moore; Right: Christopher Hinton-Lewis & Desiré Samaai

Christopher Hinton-Lewis & Pippa Moore

Christopher Hinton-Lewis & Pippa Moore

NBT Leading Soloists Pippa Moore and Christopher Hinton-Lewis are in Estonia this week for a performance of The Three Musketeers.

The production is being performed by the Estonian National Ballet. Pippa and Chris will perform the roles of D’Artagnan and Constance for one performance only on Friday 12 June.

NBT Artistic Director David Nixon has been working closely with the Estonian National Ballet to direct the work for them. The Three Musketeers was originally created for NBT in 2006 and was performed to great acclaim in venues throughout the UK including London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Bradford and Manchester.

David Nixon choreographed the ballet to a scenario by the Royal Ballet’s David Drew MBE and a specially arranged score of filmic and joyous music, from one of Britain’s greatest composers, Sir Malcolm Arnold.

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Young Jazz Sensation, Peter Grant, Joins NBT for London Performances

April 15, 2009 at 9:19 am (Artist's News, Casts, Company News, Events, General Information, Tour News) (, , , , , , , , )

Peter Grant will be performing live with NBT at Sadler's Wells

Peter Grant will be performing live with NBT at Sadler's Wells

Young jazz sensation, Yorkshire-born Peter Grant, whose debut album sold over 100,000 copies, will perform live with Northern Ballet Theatre during the London performances of the Company’s 40th Anniversary Mixed Programme.

NBT will bring an exciting programme of dance, music, song and theatre to Sadler’s Wells, London this May. The Company will present a Mixed Programme (As Time Goes By, A Simple Man and Angels in the Architecture) alongside one of its most popular and enduring productions, Romeo & Juliet. NBT will perform at Sadler’s Wells from Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 May and tickets are available by calling the box office on 0844 412 4300.

The Mixed Programme opens with the UK première of As Time Goes By, in which Peter Grant will perform live with NBT. Conjuring up an era of classic glamour, the dancers perform David Nixon’s stylish choreography to a selection of timeless songs such as Moondance, Song and As Time Goes By.

Click to read the press release.

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Farewell Steven Wheeler

March 24, 2009 at 3:04 pm (Artist's News, Casts, Company News, General Information) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Steven Wheeler with Charlotte Talbot in A Streetcar Named Desire and Steven as the Wardrobe Master in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Steven Wheeler with Charlotte Talbot in A Streetcar Named Desire and Steven as the Wardrobe Master in A Midsummer Night's Dream

This week Northern Ballet Theatre is performing Swan Lake and the Mixed Programme at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield.

Steven as Lord Capulet with Chiaki Nagao as Juliet in Romeo & Juliet

Steven as Lord Capulet with Chiaki Nagao as Juliet in Romeo & Juliet

It is a week tinged with sadness as we say farewell to a popular and much loved character. Senior Artist Steven Wheeler gives his final performances with NBT after 17 years with the Company.

His very last performance will be as Man in a Quandry in Gillian Lynne’s remarkable production, A Simple Man on Saturday evening.

After joining NBT in 1992 Steven has created many unforgettable roles, audiences have particularly enjoyed his portrayal of the Wardrobe Master in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a role that he refers to as his alter ego. Most recently Steven created the role of Hamlet’s Father in David Nixon’s Hamlet, and the Marquis in Cathy Marston’s A Tale of Two Cities.

He says; “I’ll miss the camaraderie of the dancers. We are one huge family and I think that shows on stage.”

David Nixon says: “I would personally like to give my thanks to Steven for the contribution he has made to the Company and for his many memorable performances.”

Steven’s parting message to you is: (Tongue firmly in cheek) “Don’t stop supporting NBT just because I’m not here. There are many other fabulous dancers to support. But seriously, thank you for all your support over the past 17 years, it’s been amazing.”

We’ll all miss you Steven and we wish you the very best for the future. Send your messages for Steven by emailing or post them at and click on NBTtalk.

NBT’s dancers add their tribute to Steven

“My top memory of Steve has to be my first years in the Company when we toured together in my old mini. Two of the tallest guys in the Company driving round in a tiny car with our bags must have looked a sight!
I’ve known Steve since I was eight and spent my entire dancing life with him so it is going to be really strange not having him around. His knowledge of NBT shows will be greatly missed.”
Darren Goldsmith, Leading Soloist

“Steven Wheeler is an amazing person to work with. He is very professional and will always give 100% in each performance (even if it is show 110!). He is also a very caring partner in pas de deux and will always make the girl look good even if he is uncomfortable. Every girl’s dream. Steven is one of my favourite people to work with.”
Ginnie Ray, Junior Soloist

“I think I was lucky to have joined the Company at the same time as Steven so I could spend a lot of time with him. He has been so helpful; when I joined the Company 17 years ago he helped me so I didn’t feel lost. We have had a great time working together and I will miss him so much but I wish him all the best for the future.”
Hironaio Takahashi, Principal Artist

“Steven came to Japan with Hiro and I for our wedding, he was our best man. He helped me chose my head-dress and Hiro’s suits. Steven has always been reliable at work. If he was playing my father, such as Lord Capulet in Romeo & Juliet, his acting and timing were perfect so I could therefore perform my role perfectly. He is so considerate and professional on stage, making sure that I looked good out there.”
Keiko Amemori, Principal Artist

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More money for dance

April 3, 2008 at 9:38 am (Classical Training, General Information, Marketing and PR News, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , , , )

NBT Centre for Advanced Training

In March, the Government announced that it would be investing a further £5.5 million in dance following the publication of the Dance Review, written by the Royal Opera House Chief Executive Tony Hall.
The funding would be invested in, amongst other schemes, six new Centres of Advanced Training (CATs) between now and 2011. NBT, in partnership with the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, set up the first CAT in the UK and remains the only CAT for classical dance.

David Nixon has responded to the announcement:
“An investment in young people is an investment in the future. As the very first Centre for Advanced Training, Northern Ballet Theatre has seen first hand the effect this kind of funding can have on young people. I feel strongly that we must develop high standards and quality access across the country and this announcement makes huge steps towards achieving these goals.”

Read the full announcement

Read a dance industry responce by Dance UK

Read about our Centre for Advanced Training

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New work by David Nixon

April 3, 2008 at 9:21 am (Artist's News) (, , , , , )

David Nixon recreates Romeo & Juliet for BalletMet

David Nixon is currently in America working at BalletMet to revive his version of Romeo & Juliet for the Company’s thirtieth anniversary celebrations. David’s Romeo & Juliet for BalletMet premiered in 1998 and performances this year take place from 1-4 May at the Ohio Theatre.
Check out BalletMet’s website for further information:

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David Nixon’s new dance piece for Ballet Central

In the UK David has created a new dance piece for students at the Ballet Central. Steps to Bach is a neoclassical work that the students will perform as part of their tour throughout the UK.
David, who is an Artistic Adviser at Ballet Central says of the piece:
“The music is Bach and I don’t often get the chance to create Bach. There’s no reason not to take music that has been used for a Balanchine work and is well known to give the dancers a feel of what neoclassical is, both the speed of it and the quality of the adage work.”

Click here to read the full media release and tour dates.

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David Nixon in the news

December 11, 2007 at 10:29 am (Artist's News, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , )

David Nixon took part in a discussion about the darker side of The Nutcracker on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour on Monday 10 December. You can listen again by following this link

David was also interviewed for a feature inspired by the BBC adaptation of the Ballet Shoes published in the Sunday Telegraph on 9 December .
Read the feature by following this link

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