Sunday, 9 August 2015

Jonathan Ollivier killed in motorcycle accident

Performer Jonathan Ollivier has been killed in a motorcycle accident.

Ollivier was starring as Luca in Matthew Bourne's The Car Man. Tonight's final performance (9th August 2015) of the production at Sadler's Wells was cancelled following the tragic accident.

Writing on Facebook, Ollivier's sister Rachel Ollivier said: "To all my beautiful little bro friends, it is with a heavy heart that we have to tell you that Jon tragically died today. We love him and will miss him massively."

Writing on Twitter, Ollivier's co-star in The Car Man Zizi Strallen said: "Thank you for being the most amazing partner Jonny. You've inspired so many people to do what they love. You will be missed everyday."

Matthew Bourne has released the following statement: "Yesterday we lost our Swan and our Car Man - Jonathan Ollivier was one of the most charismatic and powerful dancers of his generation. An intensely masculine presence tempered with tenderness and vulnerability made him the perfect casting for a string of triumphant roles in the New Adventures repertory including The Swan, the enigmatic Speight in Play Without Words and his final role as Luca in The Car Man, which he was due to dance at last night's final performance at Sadler's Wells.

"A man of great warmth and charm, Jonny was a true gent, loved and respected by his colleagues and adored by audiences who were mesmerised by his memorable performances on stage as well as his friendly and genuine personality at the Stage Door. He was also an inspiration and role model to several generations of young dancers who strived to emulate his enviable technique and majestic stage presence.

"Yesterday's events have ripped at the heart of the New Adventures family and we join together to send our heartfelt condolences to all of Jonny’s family and friends. In our grieving for this irreplaceable artist we take some comfort in the legacy of memories that he has left behind."

Alistair Spalding, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells, said: “Jonathan Ollivier was a very talented dancer who performed at Sadler’s Wells on many occasions with both Northern Ballet Theatre and New Adventures, and was hugely admired by audiences and colleagues. We are shocked and saddened by this tragic accident. Our sincere condolences go to Jonathan’s family and friends.”

Statement from the Metropolitan Police:

Detectives have named a man who died following a fatal collision in Clerkenwell. Although formal identification has yet to take place, detectives are satisfied that the deceased is Jonathon Byrne Ollivier, 38, from Northampton. 

Police were called at 11:11hrs on Sunday, 9 August, to Farringdon Road, EC1 following reports of a black Mercedes saloon in collision with motorcycle. Officers, London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance attended. The 38-year-old male rider of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:53hrs.

The driver who stopped at the scene was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is currently in custody at a central London police station.

Next of kin have been informed. A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.

West End Frame sends condolences to Jonathan's friends, family and colleagues

Jonathan trained at the Rambert School of Dance and has been a principal dancer at Cape Town Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre and the Alberta Ballet. In addition to working with Michael Clarke Jonathan also starred in the first UK tour of Dirty Dancing. 

As a Principal Dancer for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Jonathan played two seasons of Swan/Stranger in Swan Lake, Luca in The Car Man and Speight in Play Without Words. He was awarded an honorary fellowship to the Dance Critics Circle and nominated by them as Best Young Dancer (2003) and Best Male Dancer (2004). Jonathan guest starred for major dance companies in the USA, South Africa and Germany and toured extensively around the world. 


Detectives from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Alperton are investigating. They are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed or may have information regarding the collision.

Anyone with any information can contact the police on 020 8991 9555 or Criimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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