Nigel Jamieson is a theatre director who has also specialised in large scale ceremonies and events around the world. In 1994 he migrated to Australia and currently is based in Sydney. Prior to leaving the UK he founded and directed the London International Workshop Festival, the London Festival of New Circus and Odyssey Theatre Company.
His large scale work gained international recognition in 2000, when he directed the iconic Tin Symphony for the Sydney Olympic Opening Ceremony and eight segments for the 24 hour international Millennium Broadcast, which included placing dancers and performers across the rooftops of the Sydney Opera House. The following year he co-directed a historic event outside Alice Springs bring together 40 aboriginal language groups and 2000 indigenous performers from throughout Australia, to mark the 200th anniversary of white settlement.
In 2004 he directed the Closing Ceremony of Commonwealth Games in Manchester, then went on to a create a large scale land mine benefit at Ankor Wat in Cambodia, with Jose Careras, 400 Buddist monks and the Royal National Cambodian Dance Troupe. From 2003 to 2005 he was Artistic Director of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Most recently he directed the opening of the European City of Culture celebrations in Liverpool, creating two large scale shows for the city, involving iconic Liverpool performers and the Liverpool community.
In addition to such large scale projects, Nigels theatre work tours the world, including such multi-award winning Indonesian collaborations as The Theft of Sita (Australia, New York, London, Zurich, Berlin) All Of Me, ( Australia, UK, Latin America, ), Wake Baby ( Sydney, New York, Toronto, Lyon, Shanghai etc. ) and Homelands which, staged on the side of 100 meter high buildings, explored the plight of refugees.
His award winning Sydney Opera House production Honour Bound, seen last year at the Barbican, suspended performers within a large steel cage and was voted Best Mainstage Production and Best New Australian Work. Later that year his production of the Opera Dead Man Walking, vertically stacking a 80 piece orchestra across five tiers, received seven Australian Helpman Nominations. His most recent projects include Minutes of Seperation for the IWC Switzerland, which featured Cate Blanchett, Joseph Fiennes and Legs on the Wall, and Movers and Shakers a centre piece for the opening night of the Sydney Festival, which 350,000 spectators.
Honour Bound - Guardian review