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Dancer Jonathan Ollivier killed in motorbike accident

Professional dancer Jonathan Ollivier died in a motorcycle crash hours before it was due to perform on stage in London. Ollivier, 38, who starred in Matthew Bourne car Man Sadler’s Wells, died after a black Mercedes sedan hit his motorcycle in Farringdon Road. The driver of the Mercedes was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been bailed to a date in February next year.

Tributes were paid by family members and the dance community since emerged Ollivier, who was married to the South African dancer Director Desiré Samaai, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision at 11 am on Sunday.

His sister Rachel Ollivier wrote on Facebook: “To all my friends beautiful little bro is with great sadness that we have to say that Jon died tragically today We love  and miss him enormously.”.

English dancer Bennet Gartside, first soloist at the Royal Ballet said: “So sad to hear this today What a waste An old school friend and an amazing artist…”

His co-star is said to be “shaken” after the accident and Sunday’s show by the dance company New Adventures, was canceled. Theatergoers were turned away and told the  production staff had been canceled “due to a tragic accident.”

In an email to customers, the theater, said: “On behalf of the company for new adventures, we regret to inform customers that the performance tonight of Man car in  Sadler’s Wells has had to be canceled due to a tragic accident today.

“While you are there following the due process, we can not give more information, but we offer our sincere condolences to those affected. New adventures and Sadler’s  Wells I are sorry for the inconvenience caused to customers due to attend the performance tonight” . Ollivier, who was born in Northampton, had been playing the role of Luca’s show in Bourne. She studied dance at the Ballet Rambert School before joining the Ballet
Company of Cape Town, the Northern Ballet Theatre and, finally, Bourne’s company New Adventures. source by theguardian

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