The work of Rotterdam-based Gavin-Viano radiates social urgency. Through his grass roots initiatives, he tackles themes relevant to the black community, the human rights community, the LGBTQIA+ community and vulnerable young people.
In 2021, he presented his first Frascati production, the trilogy Ach Mijn Wederhelft.
Gavin-Viano graduated as a director from the Toneelacademie Maastricht in the summer of 2020. In the same year, his graduation performance Ach Mijn Wederhelft was awarded the DNA Next Stimuleringsprijs. During his studies, he was assistant director at Toneelgroep Oostpool and part-time research advisor at VSBfonds. Before attending the Directing Program, Gavin-Viano developed his skills at Codarts Rotterdam Dance Academy and received scholarships for The New York Film Academy. As a dancer and actor, he has performed in Grease (Vorst Nationaal), Yab Yum (Koninklijk Carré), Rocky Das Musical (Stage Entertainment Hamburg) and the political production Ragtime Das Musical (Staatstheater Kassel, Braunschweig and Oper Graz). Gavin-Viano develops his work at VIA ZUID, IMPACT, and Frascati Productions.
The work of Rotterdam-based Gavin-Viano radiates social urgency. Through his grass roots initiatives, he tackles themes relevant to the black community, the human rights community, the LGBTQIA+ community and vulnerable young people. With his performances, he wants to offer recognition and bring about insight, thereby making Dutch theatre more accessible to these communities that until now have not necessarily been given a voice there. He does this by telling non-Western stories, often choosing an anti-white-male-gaze as his perspective and consciously looking for the intersectionality of his characters. In this way, he creates a world where language, movement and music flow together into a whole and where humour forms the cement between the building blocks.
In early October 2020, his A Plastic State Of Mind was performed during the Town Tales festival at Frascati. In 2021, he will present his first Frascati production, the trilogy Ach Mijn Wederhelft.
De regisseur overdondert het publiek met ideeën en dilemma’s en schept met een happening-achtige sfeer ruimte om erover in gesprek te gaan."
NRC over Ach Mijn Wederhelft
'Theater om de kloof tussen zwart en wit te dichten'
Human over Melanine Ten Strengste Verboden