On the 9th August just before midday, dancer Jonathan Ollivier was pronounced dead after being involved in a motorbike accident. The dancer, 38, was hit by an oncoming vehicle whilst riding his bike in central London. The driver of the vehicle involved has been arrested and bailed on charges of reckless driving.
The tragic event happened just hours before Ollivier was to step on stage in New Adventure’s final performance of Bourne’s, ’Car Man’. As a gesture of respect and condolence, the final production was cancelled. New Adventure’s is a company esteemed for its family like environment, it is a company that dancers come to know as home. Many of the company’s dancers remain a part of the company for several years and perform multiple different shows with the same close-knit cast.
Ollivier was an “inspiration and role model to several generations of young dancers”, his “majestic stage presence” an influence, something to be emulated by those following in his talented footsteps. Oliver has been part of many incredible productions with New Adventures from the world renowned all male production of Swan Lake, to the company’s recent revival of Car Man. Not only was Ollivier an incredibly talented dancer, he was humble and genuine, a sincere gentleman and father. Jonny leaves behind an incredible legacy, his career was one of hard work and dedication, and a natural charisma that was entirely unmissable. Jonny will be missed by each and every one of the people who witnessed his incredible beauty both on and off stage; ‘Yesterday’s events have ripped at the heart of the New Adventures family.’
A Father, a Husband, a Dancer and a Friend, ‘you are unforgettable’, Jonny.