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Robert Hylton

Identifier: RHYLTON

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises administrative records relating to the running of the company, and materials relating to various performances, productions, film, commercial works and education and outreach projects. The collection included paper-based records, audio-visual materials and objects.


  • 1997-2014

Biographical / Historical

Robert's left of centre approach to hip hop, theatre, film, ballet and contemporary dance choreography has carved an original artist, performer and educator. Robert’s stage work as a soloist and with his own company choreography has toured relentlessly in the UK and internationally since 1999, supported by Arts Council England and The British Council. In 2010 Robert choreographed and composed the music for Human Revolution a pas de deux commissioned by Ballet Black, which premiered at The Linbury Theatre, the Royal Opera House. His film credits include The Jaffaman (2003), Two Sugars (2004), and Fresh (2008) his directorial debut commissioned by ACE, Channel 4 & ABC Australia. Alongside his stage work Robert has been cultivating his career as a commercial choreographer and movement director in (2011) Robert choreographed for McDonalds, (2012) adverts for Florette, Footlocker, IKEA as well a viral for the legendary Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Spot the difference’ collection for Louis Vuitton at Selfridges. Robert’s work has taken him all around the world, teaching hip hop and contemporary fusion as well as lecturing in hip hop dance on a variety dance programmes. Formerly an Associate Artist at The Place theatre, Robert is credited as being a UK hip hop theatre pioneer and his journey within fusing different dance styles has earned him worldwide critical acclaim as a trendsetter in the genre.

In 2012 Robert received a full scholarship to study for an MA in Performance Arts at Northampton University, a research based MA focusing on Archetypes, and improvisation in which he will study alongside his educational, performance and commercial work. Robert Hylton has been supported, commissioned and worked alongside Arts Council England, British Council, Jack Petchey Foundation, Southbank Centre, Laban, The Place, Robin Howard Foundation, ABC Australia Council for the Arts, Channel 4, Ballet Black, Blinkink, Outsider, White Lodge, The National Gallery, The Royal Opera House, Louis Vuitton, IKEA, Florette, Footlocker, McDonald’s, East London Dance, deciBel, The Mission, Greenwich Dance, Danceworks, Ludus, Dance4, Swindon Dance, London Arts, MDI a partner of North West Arts, Northern Arts, HIPP - Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance Festival, Surrey Arts, Richmond Dance and Woking Dance Festival.

International work includes; Australia, New Zealand, Bangkok, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Taiwan, Belgium, Copenhagen, Cyprus, Holland, Italy, Mozambique, South Africa, Lithuania, Prague, Croatia, Uzbekistan, Cuba, Libya, Algeria, Slovenia and Israel.


12 boxes

Language of Materials



Robert Hylton Collection has been arranged into the following series levels:

RHYLTON/1 Governance

RHYLTON/2 Performances, Productions and Tours

RHYLTON/3 Film and Commercial Projects

RHYLTON/4 Education, Outreach and Other Projects

Within each of these series, the arrangement varies. Descriptions of these arrangements can be found at series level, and where necessary, file level arrangement descriptions can also be found.

Custodial History

Donated as part of the Black Dance Archives Project, 2014


Confidential personal information records, travel booking confirmation records and some duplicate records have been removed during the cataloguing process.

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Black Cultural Archives: Robert Hylton
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives Collection Repository

Black Cultural Archives
1 Windrush Square