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Tributes have poured in, after dancer Jonathan Ollivier died in a motorcycle crash in London.
The 38-year-old from Nottingham was involved in a collision in Clerkenwell, just after 11am on August 9, on his way to perform.
Matthew Bourne, the Artistic Director of New Adventures, said: “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.
“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.”
A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and now been bailed until February 2016.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
Mr Ollivier was a well renowned dancer, noted for his roles with New Adventures, including a memorable turn as the Swan.
Across social media people paid tribute to the dancer.
Ryan Nelson said on Twitter: “Just heard that Jonathan Olliver was killed in a motorbike crash this weekend. Such sad news – I saw him dance in Swan Lake last year.”
Critic Graham Watts tweeted: “Jonathan Ollivier was a stunning dancer as well as very nice guy – sending condolences to his wife, Desiré, and his family and friends.”
Mr Ollivier trained in dance at the Rambert School of Dance, and has since performed in the UK, USA, South Africa and across the world.
He awarded an honorary fellowship to the Dance Critics Circle, and named Dancer of the Year by the same organisation in 2004.
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