Aaron Robison, FIRST Soloist
Institut Del Teatre, Barcelona
The Royal Ballet School, London
Joined the Company
Promoted to First Soloist
Aaron Robison was born in Coventry, England, but brought up in Barcelona. He trained with La Compania Juvenil de Ballet de Catlunya, at the Conservatorio de Barcelona and at the Royal Ballet School. In 2004, Mr. Robison received a number of prestigious awards including: Young British Dancer of the Year; gold medal in the Seoul International Ballet Competition; and the Encouragement award at the Prix de Lausanne. In October 2012, Mr. Robison was selected by Dance Europe magazine as one of the top 100 dancers of the 2011-12 season.
He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2004 and was promoted to first artist in 2008. In 2010, he joined the Corella Ballet as a soloist and was promoted to principal in 2011. Mr. Robison joined Houston Ballet as a soloist in 2012 and then promoted to first soloist in 2015.
Since joining Houston Ballet, Mr. Robison was chosen to perform the leading role of Theseus/Oberon in Houston Ballet’s premiere of John Neumeier A Midsummer’s Night Dream. He also danced the role of Pyramus/Bottom. Other leading roles include Petruccio in John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew; Albrecht in Giselle; Prince Siegfried in Stanton Welch’s Swan Lake; Prince in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker; Principal Turning man in Harald Lander’s Etudes; Des Grieux in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon; Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances; Jorma Elo’s ONE/end/ONE; Laurent in William Forsythe’s In the middle somewhat elevated; and Phlegmatic in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. Mr. Robison has performed many of Stanton Welch’s ballets including Maninyas, Velocity, Of Blessed Memory, Clear, Prince Escalus in Romeo and Juliet, and Fire God in La Bayadère. Other roles include Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort and Svadebka; 3rd Movement in Twyla Tharp's The Brahms-Haydn Variations; Emeralds and Rubies in David Bintley’s Aladdin; and Kromov in Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow. With Houston Ballet, Mr. Robison has been part of numerous creations including Stanton Welch’s lead principal in Paquita, Lead principal man Aries in Zodiac, Tuba in The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, James Kudelka’s Passion, and Mark Morris’ The Letter V.
His repertoire with Corella Ballet includes: 1st and 3rd movement in Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV; Green, Brown and Blue in Four Four; Stomper in Twyla Tharpe’s In The Upper Room; Red couple in Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto; 3rd movement in Clear by Stanton Welch; George Balanchine’s Who Cares?; Prince Siegfried in Angel Corella’s Swan Lake; Alli in Le Corsaire; and Grand Pas Classique. He was also part of a new creation, Pálpito by Rojas y Rodriguez which was created especially for New York City center.
Repertoire with Birmingham Royal Ballet includes: John Cranko’s Card Game (The Joker), Pineapple Poll, and Brouillards. Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations (Friday Night), Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio), and Concerto. Hans van Manen Grosse Fuge and Twilight; Frederick Ashton's The Two Pigeons (Gypsy Lover), and Dante Sonata; Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker (Prince), Swan Lake (Benno), The Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird), Giselle (Peasant Pas de Deux); David Bintley’s E = MC2 (Energy), Still Life at the Penguin Cafe (Brazilian Woolly Monkey), The Shakespeare Suite (Petruccio), Hobson’s Choice (Salvation Army), Take Five (Four Square), The Orpheus Suite, Edward II, Allegro Diversi, Mikhail Fokine’s Petrushka, The Firebird, Ninette de Valois’s Checkmate (Black Knight); George Balanchine’s Western Symphony (1st movement), Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Theme and Variations. Created roles include Garry Stewart's The Center and its Opposite, Michael Corder’s Le baiser de la fée, David Bintley’s E = MC2 and Take Five.
Mr. Robison has toured all over the world and has performed in Galas and guested in Argentina, Spain and Italy. In July 2015, Mr. Robison performed excerpts of Stanton Welch’s Clear at the Nijinsky-Gala in Hamburg, Germany.
Mr. Robison is also a model for So Danca.
Headshot by Jaime Lagdameo