If you’re passionate about dance, this is the project for you!
Since 2013, BalletWorks has been providing quality entertainment and charitable support for the Isle of Wight. Now, it’s looking to expand from an annual gala to touring company with connections to rural and urban venues around the world.
BalletWorks has been able to provide a rural theater with an artistic program of exceptional artistic quality. In addition to classic highlights of the balletic repertoire, BalletWorks has featured works from such acclaimed contemporary choreographers as Marco Goecke and John Neumeier. Yet it is the combination of familial atmosphere and community engagement which lies at the heart of the BalletWorks endeavor: to date, the project has raised £15,000 for the care of cancer patients at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
The idea of BalletWorks was initially conceived as a way for founder and director Robert Robinson to share his enthusiasm for dance with his hometown. Having moved out at a young age to pursue his career in ballet, the friends he made in the process became a support system almost as vital as family. Eventually, he worked his way up to become a soloist at the Stuttgart Ballet, and his friends were dispersed to other renowned dance companies around Europe. Founding BalletWorks enabled him to reunite his friends, while also bridging the gap between the international world of dance and his Isle of Wight roots.
As of July 2017, Robert has moved on from his time with the Stuttgart Ballet, and his dream is to transform his gala into a full-time occupation. He is planning to build up the BalletWorks repertoire by commissioning works from aspiring young choreographers. The money raised from this crowdfunder will support our bid with the Arts Council of England, to have new material created which will form the basis of future touring in 2018/2019.
We would like you to join us in the development at it's beginning stages of pushing dance forward.
Photography by Jacob Jonas