Tanzcompagnie Rubato



“The body is an ongoing construction site, embedded in social and cultural, meaning political life. Life and theory, imagination and involvement always find a way to become choreography, a way into the moving body.”

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No matter how wide the spectrum of Rubato’s approximately 50 productions since its founding in 1985 may be, there are nevertheless certain recurring themes. Whether in Dieter Baumann’s solos, his duos with Jutta Hell, or the group pieces: the focus always lies on the hazards of humanity, insights into ‘normal’ and nonetheless singular lives, the fragility of the individual, the search for its role in the community, solidarity, forlornness, social norms, interpersonal relations. “hunting” (2000) explores the pursuit of happiness and comfort, the gap between devotion and aggression, submission and dominance and the race for fulfilment. “ACT” (2013) touches on similar motifs, but also includes political dimensions: change initiated by the power and unity of the people as in the Arab countries. Rivalry, competition, violence between the dancers show what comes next after victories have been won and power is distributed. While Bauman’s solos stand apart as reduced and highly concentrated questionings of the self in empty space, often in reaction to the work of Gerhard Bohner, the duets with Hell – associative visual tapestries composed of jigsaw pieces such as intimacy, ego, trust, tenderness – take stock of a shared journey and are, in their best moments, danced monologues of a dual body. Rubato’s work is finely chiselled with great wit in the abstract language of form, often ending on a conciliatory note. Over the decades, Rubato has become quieter, more sensitive, more insistent, more controlled in the use of movement and props.
Volkmar Draeger

Les Revenants (working title) (2014)
group piece, 60 min

Melodrama (2012)
solo, 150 min

Dance #2 (2011)
2 performers, 60 min

science fiction music performance, 75 min

Dance for Nothing (2010)
solo, 80 min

Voice Over (2009)
1 performer, 30 min

Transformers (2009)
workshop project, 60 min

Dance#1/Driftworks (2008)
2 performers, 60 min

AND THEN (2007)
4 performers, 80 min

Without You I Am Nothing (2007)
2 performers, 50 min

Nvsbl (2006)
5 performers, 70 min

Magyar Tàncok (2005)
7 performers, 80 min

Reproduction (2004)
8 performers, 60 min

Giszelle (2001)
solo, 60 min

What a body you have, honey (2001)
solo, 45 min



Tanzcompagnie Rubato was founded in 1985 in Berlin by dancers/choreographers Jutta Hell and Dieter Baumann. To date, they have developed 51 full-length pieces in a wide variety of artistic constellations and cultures. Their productions have toured all over the world on numerous occasions. From 1990 to 1992, close collaborations with Gerhard Bohner. In 1992, the Akademie der Künste (Academy of the Arts) in Berlin awarded Rubato its Award for the Advancement of the Performing Arts. The company has also received various commissions from the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures) in Berlin, the Academy of the Arts in Berlin, and the steirischer herbst festival in Graz. The group worked and co-produced continually in China over the last 18 years (e.g. in Guangdong, Peking, Hong Kong, Shanghai). In 2014, they will produce two projects in China: “Happiness” and “Figures in a Landscape”.