dances of fear and freedom

world premiere 15. November 2017 _ 20:30h

Studio 1, Uferstudios Berlin


additional dates
16. - 18. November  20:30h


19. November 17:00h


Tickets: www.reservix.de / Tel. 01805 700 733

or rubato@snafu.de





The world outside is raging. And within us? Flirren, shimmering, a flurry…

Fear has become a determining constant in our western societies. Is the increasing loss of control in our own lives and futures – whether felt or factual – its source? The first two decades of the 21st century – 9/11, the financial and bank crises, the terror attacks in European metropolises, world-wide refugee treks over land and sea, global environmental problems, the mass appearance of radical right movements, the continuing or deepening division between rich and poor – have added a deep level of insecurity to the lives of many people.

After „Act“ (2013), „Uncertain States“ (2015) and „Voltage/Zero“ (2016), the Tanzcompagnie Rubato (Jutta Hell/Dieter Baumann) is once again addressing current social phenomena in flirren that raise fundamental questions about the vocabulary of political discourse and its meaning for our bodies and inner beings.

“You can compare fear to vertigo. If you look into a deep abyss, you get dizzy. But what Is the cause? It is the eye as much as it is the abyss. Because: what would have happened, if you wouldn´t have looked down?” (Søren Kierkegaard). The dizziness that arises is the fear of the unknown. There is potential in this unknown. Will we grasp it? Or will we avert our eyes? And what does it mean when the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard draws a direct link between the concept of fear and the concept of freedom?

Flirren transforms this ambivalence in choreography, investigates interior and exterior patterns and reflexes of fear. The performers go, as individual bodies and as a group, through a variety of physical and movement states, emotions and forms of energy.

What way should we go? Where is the plan?

Jean-Paul Sartre saw this chance to break out of life’s cosmos of fear: human beings must turn towards others; only other human beings, counterparts,can promise support. Jutta Hell and Dieter Baumann do that in this piece; they are contemporaries. Flirren develops dances of fear and freedom.


Artistic Directors, Idea:                    Jutta Hell, Dieter Baumann

Director, Choreography:                  Jutta Hell

Dance, Choreography:                    Mercedes Appugliese, Dieter Baumann

                                                        Carlos Osatinsky, Anja Sielaff

 Live-Music/Composition:                 Alexander Nickmann

 Light                                                Fabian Bleisch

 Production Manager:                       Inge Zysk

 Communikation:                             k3 berlin


Production: Tanzcompagnie Rubato. Supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. Berlin. In cooperation with Studio Sonic and Uferstudios_Berlin.











Wiederholung und Differenz

Three duets. A choreographic triptych.



Jutta Hell und Dieter Baumann


March 30, to April 02, 2017,


at Uferstudios_Berlin, Studio 14 (Uferstr. 8/23, 13357 Berlin)


Read three articles






Repetition and difference
Three duets. A triptych.

Are the terms difference and repetition a basic pattern that shapes our bodies, our communication, our culture and our lives?

For Jutta Hell and Dieter Baumann, repetition and difference form the basis for different reflections on the approaches and consequences of their 30 years of joint artistic work as choreographers and dancers. On the basis of these terms, they question the memory of their bodies and their cultural memory.

Michaela Schlagenwerth wrote in the Berliner Zeitung:
"Wow. Simple, so poetic is this three-part duet. Two dancers around the sixty, the bodies digging into the falling, the holding, in a blind one-to-one trust, in which the persons disappear. A bit about how life transforms into dying. "

In March / April 2017 there is the opportunity to see this piece again.


Photos: Dirk Bleicker, Dieter Hartwig 










Voltage / ZERO



28. September 2016, 8:30pm


also:  29. September - 01. Oktober 8:30pm

and 02. Oktober 5:00pm



Venue: Uferstudios, Studio 14, Uferstr. 8/23, 13357 Berlin

tickets / reservations
www.reservix.de or phone: 01805 700 733


reservations: rubato@snafu.de






 Voltage / ZERO



On. Off. For. Against. Plus. Minus. Tension. Relaxation. Voltage / ZERO. Incompatible? What potential of the “possible” exists in conflict, dissenting opinions, feelings, attitudes, action?

In contrast to the concept of consensus, conflicts constantly renegotiate differences and one’s own perception. There are no fix positions. In the concept of openness, Rubato responds to a key question: “how do we remain capable of acting in the face of increasingly more complex crisis situations?”

Experience with conflict is not abstract. It takes place in concrete situations and is associated with emotions, people, objects, spaces… The body and interactions between bodies create the field on which conflict and tension first become visible and are then negotiated. The spectrum of physical patterns of action and reaction ranges from simple gestures to pure violence.

The stage and choreography of Voltage / ZERO creates a dynamic space of reflection. What masks and costumes do conflicts and tension wear? Which language of movement do we use when we deal with them? What are the physical phases of a dispute? What happens when bodies collide? What is it like when conflicts are redirected, deflected or are resolved? What does it mean to us when we are subjected to situations of tension over a long period of time? What does the experience feel like when a conflict is mastered or overcome?

Voltage / ZERO: before a conflict is after a conflict is before a conflict.


Idea, Concept, Stage: Jutta Hell, Dieter Baumann

Choreography, Director, Costumes: Jutta Hell

Dance, Choreography: Mercedes Appugliese, Dieter Baumann, Carlos Osatinsky, Anja Sielaff

Music: Da Bao

Lightdesign: Fabian Bleisch

Communication: k3 berlin


Production: Tanzcompagnie Rubato, Berlin, supported by the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Senate Chancellery Cultural Affairs, supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., in cooperation with Studio Sonic_ Berlin, Uferstudios_Berlin, tip and ZITTY Berlin.




Photos: Dirk Bleicker


The photo book

30 years Tanzcompagnie Rubato


Book release: September  2015




Published by Jutta Hell und Dieter Baumann
Layout: Dirk Bleicker
Editorial: Sven Neumann

With original contributions from  
Dr. Johannes Odenthal and Jun. Professor Dr. Susanne Foellmer

Preview pdf


Book orders: rubato@snafu.de