Aussie Movement Director Gavin Robins works with Jean-Louis for “King Kong”

By |2017-12-17T11:04:31+00:00September 10th, 2012|Animal Studies, Animal Studies (featured), Theatre|
Gavin Robins

Gavin Robins

Gavin Robins, Australian movement director and choreographer, studied with Jean-Louis Rodrigue as part of a fellowship grant awarded to him by The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia. This research fellowship targeted the leading movement coaches and teachers in the U.S., as well as individuals and companies working in the fields of animation, visual effects, and technology for the stage and screen.

It was great to meet Jean-Louis and observe his wonderfully encouraging and precise way of working with actors. I am already planning to bring him out to Australia so we can run a series of master classes together. Jean-Louis believes that we share the same ideologies in how to promote a more embodied character in performance, and the range of physical skills and expertise we have are complimentary to one another.

King Kong - Live on Stage

King Kong – Live on Stage

As a leading movement director and choreographer, Gavin’s work focuses on the biomechanics of the actor and the animation of the actor for both the stage and screen. He has created large-scale visual and aerial performances in many theatre and circus festivals throughout the world. He was instrumental in the training and choreography of the Tin Symphony in the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Olympics. Gavin has worked with major performing institutions including Sydney Theatre Company, Opera Australia, Bell Shakespeare Company, Queensland Theatre Company, and the National Institute of Circus Arts.

For Gavin, Global Creatures opened the door to more opportunities, such as joining the creative team of How To Train your Dragon, a co-production with Dreamworks Animation that shows off more incredible life-like creatures such as the mythical dragons that permeate the film. Global Creatures also created “Walking With Dinosaurs,” the Arena Spectacular, and a project based on the award-winning BBC TV series.

How to Train your Dragon

How to Train your Dragon

Currently he is the Aerial/Circus Director for Global Creature’s next project King Kong which will open in Melbourne. One of the greatest love stories of all time, King Kong – Live on Stage will feature a cast of more than 40 onstage actors, singers, dancers, and puppeteers.

The musical is currently in development and will open on Broadway in Fall 2018.


“The training Jean-Louis gave me has empowered me with new approaches to develop signature gestures for character, a detailed knowledge of period movement and manner, principles and application of the Alexander Technique, analysis of animal behavior, and image work.” (Gavin Robins)


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