Gavin is a choreographer, teacher and performer based in Coolangatta, Queensland and working between Australia and Europe. Gavin started dancing relatively late after many lost years spent hitch-hiking, skiing, writing, camping and studying.
In 1993, Gavin joined Meryl Tankard at Australian Dance Theatre after training as a dancer at the Centre for the Performing Arts in Adelaide. Staying with Meryl until 1998, Gavin left for a tour in Europe, later joining Wim Vandekeybus and Ultima Vez in Belgium.
Returning to Australia, Gavin was appointed Artistic Director of Dancenorth in 2005, creating and touring seven works during his four-year tenure. Gavin is co-founder of Splintergroup and Animal Farm Collective, based between Berlin and Australia, and has created four international co-productions, lawn, roadkill, Food Chain and Good Little Soldier, which have toured extensively throughout the world. In 2010, lawn and roadkill received six Greenroom Awards in Melbourne.
As a teacher, Gavin has worked with many international companies including Ultima Vez, Sasha Waltz and Guests, Jan Fabre, Chunky Move, Les Ballets C de la B, Australian Dance Theatre and every year as part of Impulstanz in Austria. Recently Gavin performed again with Ultima Vez, choreographed for Stalker and Perth Theatre Company, created a bar brawl for Berlin film-maker, Julian Rosefeldt, and worked with PVC in Freiburg, Germany.
In the beginning of 2013, working with Grayson Millwood and Jeff Wood, Gavin created Frontier, an experimental film about dirt. Animal Farm Collective is currently presenting a new work, Cock Fight.
Gavin has worked with Artistic Director Raewyn Hill and Co3 Contemporary Dance in re:Loaded (2016) and Frank Enstein (2018) made by THE FARM & Co3 Contemporary Dance. In 2019 Gavin won the 2018 Performing Arts WA Dance Award for Best Director or Choreographer alongside sidekick Grayson Millwood for Frank Enstein.