Born in Australia, Nicholas Cunningham trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. After completing an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts, he was awarded the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for Dance 2005/2006. He then moved to Paris in late 2005, to dance at the Bal du Moulin Rouge. In 2006 Nicholas made his debut on West End in Broadway’s Tony Award-winning show Movin’ Out, directed and choreographed by Twyla Tharp. Nicholas joined Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures in late 2006, starting an international tour with Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, performing in seven different countries worldwide.
Commercial work includes: McCains airing on ITV and Channel 4, Orangina, the gala launching Toyota’s 2009 range of cars and the opening of Terminal 5. He has assisted in two screen productions: the feature film The Boat That Rocked, directed by Richard Curtis and a video for the launch of the YSL summer range. He was the Associate Choreographer on the Pet Shop Boys Pandemonium world tour 2009/2010. That same year he performed in the Olivier Award winning Revival of La Cage aux Folles on West End as Hanna from Hamburg. While performing in La Cage, Nicholas was fortunate to be in the cast of the feature film/musical Nine, directed by Rob Marshall.
If I had to choose only three the first would be booking my first job (Moulin Rouge) that made all those hours in the dance classroom seem worthwhile. Second would have to be touring the world with Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. I even got to have four months touring my home country. Third would be La Cage aux Folles, that show changed my life, from West End to Broadway, Dance Captain to Associate Choreographer, the Olivier Awards to the Tony Awards, the Royal Variety Show to Radio City Music Hall. I’ve been forever grateful for all the opportunities, but all in all I’ve one main career highlight and that is performing. Wherever it may be, I’m just thankful that I can do that.
FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU SAY “CAPEZIO”
FAVORITE CAPEZIO ITEM
BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR OTHER DANCERS
To have passion, honesty, and drive. I’ve always believed in these qualities. You can have all the training in your life, and be the most technical singer, actor, dancer, but if you don’t have passion, honesty or drive, the performer becomes lifeless. I am a firm believer in brilliance coming from within, and I’ve seen some of the most extraordinary performances in my lifetime. I like to call it "5th Gear". This is where the performance takes off, you are transported to another world, it’s like seeing magic on stage, you get tingles down the back of your neck, and you are un-noticeably moved to an emotional state. You may either be laughing with joy, crying with sadness, or be breath taken so much that nothing else in the room matters. That is what true virtuosity is. That is performing.
UNUSUAL FACT/LOVE/HABIT/GOAL/ABILITY THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW
I never believed in myself, I never believed I would accomplish or become anything, and here I am. I want to just reach out to those young aspiring artists in Australia and tell you that anything is possible. Believe in yourself and don’t let any one tell you otherwise. Don’t conform to a stereotype - stand up and believe in yourself. Life may seem difficult at times, but trust me, there is a future out there for each and every one of you.