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David Nixon OBE Artistic Director

Born in Chatham, Ontario, David Nixon trained as a dancer, first in his home town 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.

Nixon’s career began at the National Ballet of Canada where he progressed rapidly through the ranks to become a principal dancer, dancing lead roles in the classical and contemporary repertoire. In 1985 he joined the Deutsche Oper Ballet in Berlin as principal dancer where he won the Critics Award for Best Male Performance (1987) and continued to increase his own choreographic output. This included producing and directing a successful mixed programme - David Nixon’s Liaisons - at the Hebbel Theatre, Berlin in 1990.

Nixon left Berlin for a series of principal guest artist positions with National Ballet of Canada, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Munich and Royal Winnipeg Ballet before returning to Deutsche Oper Ballet in 1994 as first ballet master. His guest artist credits also include: Birmingham Royal Ballet; Komische Oper; Deutsche Staatsoper; Hamburg Ballet and Sydney City Ballet.

In 1994 David became Artistic Director of BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio USA. During his six-years with the company he added 16 world and 15 company premières to the repertoire. Companies in Canada, the USA and South Africa have since staged David’s productions. David came to NBT in 2001 and has revitalised the Company, adding an impressive array of new works into the repertoire. These include the hugely popular Madame Butterfly, Wuthering Heights, the Gershwin extravaganza, I Got Rhythm, Swan Lake, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peter Pan, Dracula, The Three Musketeers, A Sleeping Beauty Tale, and The Nutcracker. His dark and exciting new production of Hamlet toured in Spring 2008.

In the last year David has reproduced The Nutcracker in Slovenia and The Three Musketeers in Tallin, Estonia.

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Supported by: Arts Council England Supported by: Leeds City Council Supported by: West Yorkshire Grants

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