David Nixon

(b. 1958)

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(b Chatham, Ontario, 20 Nov 1958)

Canadian choreographer and ballet director. He trained at the school of the National Ballet of Canada and danced with the company between 1978 and 1984, rejoining it between 1989 and 1991 as principal dancer. He also spent two periods at Berlin Opera Ballet: as dancer (1985–90) then as principal dancer and ballet master (1994–96). In 1994 he additionally became artistic director of BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio, and during his six years with the company added 16 world premieres to its repertoire. In 2001 he moved to the UK to become director of Northern Ballet Theatre. He introduced several of his works to the repertory as well as creating many more including Madame Butterfly (orig. version 1996; new version 2002), Wuthering Heights (2002), I Got Rhythm (2004), Swan Lake (2004), A Midsummer's Night Dream (orig. version 2000, 2004), Dracula (1999, new version 2005), The Three Musketeers (2006), A Sleeping Beauty Tale (2007), The Nutcracker (2007), and Hamlet (2008).

Subjects: Dance.

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