Since meeting at Rambert Dance Company acclaimed artists Jonathan Goddard and Gemma Nixon have worked to create mesmeric dance works that look to express the unsayable.

Their choreographic collaboration Goddard Nixon was founded in 2009 and has grown to steady acclaim touring both nationally and internationally and creating work for stage, film and television with recent performances at the Royal Opera House, Royal Court, The Victoria and Albert Museum, in India and throughout Spain and for the Lowry in Manchester.


After training at The Arts Educational School (Tring), Gemma joined the National Youth Dance Company under the direction of John Chesworth before moving to New York to undertake a work/study programme. On returning to the UK she joined Scottish Dance Theatre, under the direction of Janet Smith, where she created new works with choreographers including Rui Horta, Didi Veldman and Liv Lorent amongst others. As an actor Gemma played the role Sandy in Monkey, a collaboration between Dundee Rep Ensemble and SDT.

Gemma went on to join Rambert Dance Company in 2006 where she danced and created several main roles with various choreographers including the Mother in Christopher Bruces's “Hush” and Blanch De Bois in Javier De Frutos's “Elysian Fields”.

In October 2012 Gemma toured the USA with the Russell Maliphant Company performing “Afterlight”. Gemma joined Company Chameleon in November 2012. In 2009 Gemma began a choreographic collaboration with Jonathan Goddard (Goddard Nixon). Their work has toured in the UK, Europe and India. Gemma is a co-founder of New Movement Collective.


Jonathan grew up in Hastings and trained at the Rambert School. In 1999 he joined Scottish Dance Theatre under the artistic direction of Janet Smith. In 2002 he became a member of the Richard Alston Dance Company, where he danced for Robert Cohan in a revival of his 1969 duet Eclipse for the choreographers 80th birthday celebration, a revival of The Swan for Siobhan Davies at the BBC Gala in memory of Sir John Drummond and with English National Ballet in their 2005 production of Romeo and Juliet. Jonathan joined Rambert Dance Company in 2008 and also began a choreographic collaboration with Gemma Nixon (Goddard Nixon) their work has toured in the UK, Europe and India. Jonathan is a co-founder of New Movement Collective and works to bring his DanceSpinner education project into UK schools. In 2012 he began working as a part-time tutor for the Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio.

In 2007 Jonathan was the first contemporary dancer to be nominated in the dance category of the South Bank Show / Times Newspaper Breakthrough Award, in 2008 was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and went on to become the first contemporary dancer to win the Critics Circle National Dance Award for Best Male Dancer. In 2011 Jonathan was again nominated at the Critics' Circle Awards for Best Male Dancer and received his own entry in the Oxford Dictionary of Dance, he went on to once more become nominated as Best Male Dancer by the Critics’ Circle in 2012.