Gavin Robins (Head of Movement, Senior Lecturer)

Gavin Robbins

Gavin Robins is an internationally acclaimed director of visual and physical theatre.

His work combines daring physical performance with emerging technologies including digital projection, animation, animatronics and automation.

In 2018, he opened King Kong on Broadway as the Movement and Aerial Director .

He is the co director of Man with the Iron Neck with Legs in the Wall at the 2019 Sydney, Adelaide and Darwin Festivals.

As a Creative Director, further credits include:

Clusters of Light, Born in Sawdust (National Institute of Circus Arts), The Opening of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, Sydney Festival First Night’s High Flyers, Bush Mechanics Live Mbantua Festival, and NICA's At First Sight.

Gavin has worked as Movement and Staging Director for a myriad of award winning theatrical productions, opening events, films, television commercials , and music videos.

He has created large scale works for the 2016 and 2017, 2018 Abu Dhabi National Days, Mother of the Nation in Abu Dhabi, Clusters of Light (UAE), 70th Anniversary of Ferrari in Fiorano Modenese Italy, Opening of the 2016 European  F1 in Baku, The Opening of 2015 and 2012 Dubai National Days, Opening of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Dreamworks Arena Spectacular How to Train Your Dragon (World Tour), and War Horse Australian Tour (Gobal Creatures ).

In 2000 he was a key performer and choreographer for the Sydney Olympic Opening Ceremony. From 1994 to 2000 Gavin was a performer with Legs on the Wall physical theatre company. He has created and performed acrobatic and aerial works for theatre festivals across the globe.

Theatre Credits: Movement Director

The Sydney Opera House – Club Swizzle

Global Creatures  King Kong, How to Train Your Dragon, War Horse

The Sydney Theatre Company  Mosquitoes, Cyrano de Bergerac, Mojo, The Crucible, Gallipoli, BlackBird, Tales From the Vienna Woods, Riflemind, The Art of War, Ruby Moon, Season at Sarsaparella, Troupers, The Bourgeois Gentleman, Fat Pig, Woman in Mind, The Lost Echo, Mother Courage, The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchid 

Company B Belvior – The Promise, Reuben Guthrie, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Conversations With the Dead, Spook, The Chairs

Bell Shakespeare Company – Henry V, Much  Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Tempest, Richard lll, Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, Servant of Two Masters, A Midsummer's Night Dream, Wars of the Roses, Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Pericles

Opera Australia  La Fanciulla del West

Adelaide Festival  Wrong Skin

Television: Spirited, The ARIA Awards, The AFI Awards, Australian Idol, Farscape

Film: How toTrain Your Dragon 2, Madagascar 4, Australian feature Prime Mover

Gavin has been a recipient of numerous awards including a Helpman for Outstanding Theatrical Achievement and  fellowships  which has enabled him to study with some of the worlds great masters of movement and theatre. He is constantly humbled by the ever evolving and inspirational nature of this industry.

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