THE acclaimed Rambert Dance Company returns to Birmingham next week, and among its number will be Solihull born Robin Gladwin.
The company will perform Eternal Light, Carnival of the Animals and Swansong at the Birmingham Hippodrome from April 1-4.
Twenty-seven year old Robin, originally from Tidbury Green, has his sister to thank for his career in dance.
“I ended up studying dance all because of my sister,” Robin said. “Mum would take me and my sister into town and while she was having dance lessons we would walk round the shops. I got quite bored of this, so I asked if I could go into the dance lessons too.”
From there Robin never looked back. He lasted just one year at secondary school before heading up to Cheshire at the tender age of 12 to board at a specialist performing arts school.
Robin found himself to be the only boy in his year and so far from home had difficulty settling in. “It was terrible at first. I was bawling my eyes out!”
However Robin settled and his love of dance grew, so at 16 he once again packed his bags and enrolled at the Central School of Dance in London, gaining a diploma in dance, before leaving to join the Rambert Dance Company.
Now Robin will be returning to Birmingham, and the Hippodrome, the home of Birmingham Royal Ballet. Did he ever consider coming back home to join a similar company?
“As a child I danced with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, and when I was growing up I always wanted to join it. But Rambert introduced me to contemporary dance, which I now love.”
With the Rambert Dance Company Robin continued to study classical dance, but became enthralled by the modern movement of contemporary dance.
“I just find the movement is so much more broader than with classical, for me, it’s a lot more fun.”
The company arrives at the Hippodrome on April 1, is it special for Robin to step onto the Hippdrome’s stage?
“It is special. It’s your homecoming,” Robin affirms. “It gives me a nice opportunity for my other relatives to come and see me dance.”
“I simply love to dance. I’m happy to keep on dancing here as long as my body can withstand all the torture I give it. Right now it’s my dream job. It’s a dream come true.”