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Interview David Nixon OBE

Ali Schofield talks to the Artistic Director of Northern Ballet about Cleopatra, censorship and why Lady Gaga has been an inspiration

David Nixon OBE has just threatened to staple one of his dancers back together. It’s not that he’s an unkind man – quite the opposite, his dancers seem to love him – but his first new ballet in three years, Cleopatra premieres soon, the male Northern Ballet dancers are rehearsing a fight scene and he will do anything to avoid losing anyone to injury.

He has allowed me to sit in on rehearsals at the company’s new headquarters on Quarry Hill. Despite being days away from the first performance at the Grand on 26th February, he is still making tweaks…

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