Show legacy for Jonny

Jonathan Ollivier as The Swan in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake. Photo by Bill Cooper
Jonathan Ollivier as The Swan in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake. Photo by Bill Cooper

Northampton’s Royal & Derngate Theatre is looking for young people to take part in a unique dance project in memory of a professional ballet dancer who was born in Northampton.

Jonathan Ollivier, known as Jonny, died in 2015 following a motorbike accident, and in response, the Ollivier family created an online fund to raise money for Re:Bourne, the charitable arm of the dance company New Adventures.

This Christmas, Royal & Derngate will stage the European premiere of the five-time Tony Award-winning show Peter and the Starcatcher.

The production’s movement director is Tom Jackson-Greaves, who has a long history as a dancer with New Adventures.

To coincide with the show, Royal & Derngate , New Adventures and Re:Bourne will work with young people from across the county to develop a dance performance response piece.

Under the leadership of two dance artists, the young dancers’ performance will draw on the pioneering choreographic language of 
New Adventures and be inspired by Peter and the Starcatcher.

The unique performance piece will be staged on Friday, December 16, complementing the evening performance of the main show.

This project is aimed at participants aged 14–21 who may have little or no previous experience of dance.

For more information and to apply to take part in A Project for Jonny, email trudy.bell@royalandderngate.co.uk or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk/get-involved/aprojectforjonny/.

The deadline for applications is tomorrow (Friday).