David Nixon OBE Posters

Take a look at Northern Ballet's poster designs under the leadership of current artistic director David Nixon OBE from 2001 to present

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Northern Ballet Theatre performs A Streetcar Named Desire at Norwich Theatre Royal (2001-10-02) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

David Nixon OBE became Artistic Director of Northern Ballet Theatre in 2001.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Wuthering Heights at Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (2002-09-21) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Born in Ontario, Canada, Nixon trained as a dancer at the National Ballet School of Canada and pursued a successful dancing career.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Madam Butterfly at Sheffield Lyceum (2003-04-08) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Madame Butterfly was the first piece Nixon brought to Northern Ballet Theatre.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs La Traviata at Norwich Theatre Royal (2005-03-15) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Under Nixon, a new Northern Ballet Theatre logo was created.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs I Got Rhythm at New Theatre, Cardiff (2006-05-23) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Nixon gave the dancers the opportunity to ‘let loose’ in his tribute to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, I Got Rhythm.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs David Nixon's The Three Musketeers at Milton Keynes Theatre (2006-10-24) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Nixon was voted Director of the Year by readers of Dance Europe in 2006 (and previously in 2003).

Northern Ballet Theatre world première of The Nutcracker at Palace Theatre, Manchester (2007-10-11) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

This signed poster is from the World Première of Nixon's production of The Nutcracker.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Hamlet at Milton Keynes Theatre (2008-05-20) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Nixon's production of Hamlet was set during the Nazi occupation of Paris.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs A Tale Of Two Cities at West Yorkshire Playhouse (2008-09-30) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Cathy Marston has choreographed four ballets for Northern Ballet, including A Tale of Two Cities in 2008 and Victoria in 2019.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs David Nixon's The Nutcracker at The Grand Theatre, Leeds (2008-12-17) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

This poster is signed by Christopher Hinton-Lewis who was Premier Dancer in 2008 and now sometimes works with the Company as a guest ballet master.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Wuthering Heights at Venue Cymru (2009-06-11) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Wuthering Heights was the first ballet Nixon choreographed specifically for Northern Ballet after joining the Company.

Take a look at the trailer for this adaptation of Emily Brontë's novel.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs A Christmas Carol and Peter Pan at The Grand Theatre, Leeds (2009-12-01) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Nixon saw Northern Ballet through its 40th anniversary and, on 28 November 2019, through its 50th.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Dangerous Liaisons at Venue Cymru (2010-05-06) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

In 2010, David Nixon was awarded an OBE for his services to dance in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

Northern Ballet performs David Nixon's Swan Lake at Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (2010-09-29) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

In 2010, Northern Ballet Theatre changed its name to Northern Ballet, reflecting its 21st century vision to become a powerhouse of inventive dance.

The Company also moved to its purpose-built new home in Leeds.

Northern Ballet presents Romeo & Juliet and Madam Butterfly in China (2011) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

Northern Ballet continues to perform internationally.

Northern Ballet performs Giselle at The Grand Theatre, Leeds (2011-05-25) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

Incorporating the original choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, Giselle was restaged for Northern Ballet by Rehearsal Director Yoko Ichino who has danced the lead role many times for some of the world’s greatest companies. Ichino is also Nixon's wife.

Listen to ex-dancer Pippa Moore discuss this production.

Northern Ballet presents David Nixon's Madame Butterfly at The Grand Theatre, Leeds (2012-02-29) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

In his production of Madame Butterfly, Nixon incorporated Kabuki, a traditional style of Japanese dance-drama, and traditional Japanese music, contrasting with Puccini's classical score.

Northern Ballet performs I Got Rhythm at The Grand Theatre, Leeds (2012-05-23) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

This production of I Got Rhythm had the added excitement of guest singers and the Company’s orchestra, Northern Ballet Sinfonia, appearing big-band style on stage.

Take at look at some video extracts.

Northern Ballet performs the UK Première of David Nixon's Ondine at West Yorkshire Playhouse (2012-09-08) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

Nixon's production of Ondine featured the original music by Hans Werner Henze

Here is dancer Dreda Blow rehearsing a solo from the beautifully tragic ballet.

Northern Ballet performs David Nixon's The Great Gatsby at Sadler's Wells by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

Nixon designed Chanel-inspired costumes for his adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel.

Watch Northern Ballet dancers in rehearsal for The Great Gatsby.

Northern Ballet performs A Midsummer Night's Dream at West Yorkshire Playhouse (2013-09-06) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

Nixon's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream was nominated for an Olivier Award and Manchester Evening News Theatre Award.

Take at look at some excerpts from the enchanting production.

Northern Ballet performs Cleopatra at The Grand Theatre, Leeds (2014-03-06) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

Cleopatra was Nixon's tenth new work for Northern Ballet.

Take a look at some excerpts from this remarkable production.

Northern Ballet performs Cinderella at Hull New Theatre (2014-04-02) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

Nixon created his own version of Cinderella for the Company, set in Imperial Russia.

Here is the 2013 trailer for this enchanting tale.

Northern Ballet performs A Midsummer Night's Dream at Norwich Theatre Royal (2014-05-13) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

In Nixon's adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the romantic antics of a touring dance company are played out as the company travels by sleeper train from London to Edinburgh.

Watch the trailer for this bewitching ballet.

Northern Ballet performs David Nixon's Peter Pan at The Grand Theatre, Leeds (2014-12-11) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

Nixon's production of Peter Pan featured a spectacular set by Olivier Award-winning designer Peter Mumford and music by Oscar-winning composer Stephen Warbeck.

Take a look at the trailer for this magical adventure.

Northern Ballet performs The Great Gatsby at Sadler's Wells (2015-03-24) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

The Great Gatsby is one of Northern Ballet's most popular productions, and is one of the ballets being revived for their 50th year in 2020.

Take a look at the trailer for this blockbuster ballet.

Northern Ballet performs Madame Butterfly at Cast, Doncaster (2015-05-21) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

Northern Ballet performed Nixon's Madame Butterfly for their Sapphire (45th) anniversary.

Here is the trailer for the tragic production.

Northern Ballet performs Swan Lake at Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield (2016-03-15) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

Swan Lake is the most famous ballet in the world.

Take a look at a preview of Nixon's version for Northern Ballet.

Northern Ballet performs Nineteen Eighty Four at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (2016-03-31) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

Jonathan Watkins choreographed Northern Ballet's 1984, based on the novel by George Orwell.

Have a look at the trailer for this ground-breaking creation.

Northern Ballet performs Beauty & The Beast at Mayflower Theatre (2016-11-30) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

In Nixon's production of Beauty & the Beast, the Beast has scales, fur and feathers, and leading soloist Ashley Dixon studied nature documentaries with gorillas and big cats to make the Beast’s movements more naturally animalistic when he created the role in 2011.

Northern Ballet performs Casanova at The Grand Theatre, Leeds (2017-03-11) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

Casanova was created by former Premier Dancer Kenneth Tindall, Northern Ballet's Choreographer in Residence.

Watch the trailer for this award-winning production.

Northern Ballet performs The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre (2017-06-09) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, based on the novel by John Boyne, was choreographed by Daniel de Andrade, who is now Northern Ballet's Artistic Director of Children's Ballets.

Here is the trailer for this heartbreaking adaptation.

Northern Ballet presents Jane Eyre at The Grand, Leeds (2018-03-07) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

In 2017, Cathy Marston's Jane Eyre was nominated in the dance category at the prestigious South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

Take a look at the trailer for this adaptation of the classic love story.

Northern Ballet perform a programme of Kenneth Macmillan ballets at The Grand, Leeds (2018-03-16) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

This triple bill was the first time Northern Ballet performed work by the internationally celebrated Sir Kenneth MacMillan, which coincided with the 25th anniversary of his death.

Take a look at the trailer for this landmark event.

Northern Ballet performs The Little Mermaid at Milton Keynes Theatre (2018-04-17) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

Not only did Nixon choreograph and direct this production of The Little Mermaid, he also designed the costumes.

Watch the trailer for a glimpse of this magical underwater world.

Northern Ballet performs The Three Musketeers at Theatre Royal, Nottingham (2018-10-04) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

Nixon choreographed The Three Musketeers from a scenario created by David Drew over 30 years ago, originally created for the Royal Ballet.

Take a look at the trailer for this Olivier Award nominated production.

Northern Ballet performs the world première of Victoria at The Grand Theatre, Leeds (2019-03-09) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

Choreographed by Cathy Marston, Victoria was a co-production between Northern Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada.

Here is the trailer for the biopic ballet.

Northern Ballet performs Dracula at The Marlowe Theatre (2019-10-09) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

Nixon's Dracula was screened live to cinemas across the country (and beyond) on Hallowe'en in 2019.

Watch the trailer for the live-streaming of this spooky ballet.

Northern Ballet performs Cinderella at Norwich Theatre Royal (2019-11-26) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

On the day of their 50th anniversary (28 November 2019), the Company performed Nixon's Cinderella at Norwich Theatre Royal.

Have a look at the most recent trailer for this magical production.

Northern Ballet performs the world première of Geisha at Leeds Grand Theatre (2020-03-14) by Northern BalletNorthern Ballet

In 2020, Northern Ballet will première two new ballets, Geisha by Kenneth Tindall and Merlin by Drew McOnie.

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