The death of a talented Island dancer’s grandfather at The Earl Mountbatten Hospice has led to the production of an evening of top European ballet in aid of the charity.

Robert Robinson, 24, was born on the Island but moved away to further his ballet training and for the past 6 years, he has danced with the Stuttgart Ballet. Robert returned to the Island with a number of friends from European ballet companies last year, where his first Balletworks event raised nearly £4,500 for the hospice.

Robert said:

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“This charity has remained close to my heart due to the passing of my grandfather. As I wasn’t present during this time, because of my studies in Germany, I felt an extraordinary amount of guilt. I felt helpless so I needed to do something about it. This is where I came up with this idea to raise money for this charity in particular.”

Billed as a charity event of high cultural calibre, Robert has brought together a diverse repertoire and an international cast for what aims to be the most exciting European developments to local theatres. He added:

“The project also endeavours to connect and collaborate with choreographers, photographers and artists of all disciplines to provide an all-encompassing viewing experience. The important themes for me are the exposure of isolated populations to the diversity and calibre of dancing throughout Europe, our commitment to the betterment of these communities.”

Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive at Earl Mountbatten Hospice, said:

“We are incredibly excited that Robert has been able to bring back this world class event to the Island. I am very much looking forward to enjoying an evening of such high calibre and we would like to thank Robert and his team for returning to the Island and once again supporting our work in this way. I hope that many Islanders will come and support this fantastic event.”

Balletworks is being performed at 19:30 on 27th and 28th July at Medina Theatre, Newport. Tickets are £13 per adult, £8 per child and £10 for concessions. Bookings can be made via Medina Theatre box office on (01983) 823884.

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