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Tanzcompagnie Rubato_New Project


Polarization and Empathy (workingtitle)


Premiere: 23. October 2024, 7 pm

and 24. - 26. Oct. 7 pm und 27. Oct. 5 pm

Uferstudios Berlin, Studio 14



In February 2022, we thought we were putting the pandemic behind us.Then came the war in Ukraine, areas of crisis multiplied.The “turning point” was proclaimed.Certainties have been put into perspective in a very short time.Can I continue to live as before, what do I have to do without, what do I want to do without?What could a different model of life look like?Can a different space of feeling, thinking and acting open up.These questions, uncertainties and fears concern many people.We perceive that in this complex and uncertain situation, the terms polarization and empathy represent two very different ways of dealing with and strategies for how people process current social reality.We are interested in the meaning that both terms play in relation to us as individuals, as bodies that are involved in complex social developments and are looking for meaning, orientation and concrete action.In both terms, the relationships between people and social groups play an important role.Perception, movement and active action are essential for the development of empathy; social polarization is carried out through bodies that themselves consist of polar structures in their body systems.The aim is to use documentary sources, the body, music and video to address both polarization and empathy as a complex field of tension that contains the useful and the dangerous, the utopian and the retrograde, so that an audience can draw its own differentiated conclusions from it.


concept, set: Dieter Baumann, Jutta Hell
choreography, direction: Jutta Hell
dance, creation: Zoé Alibert, Liza Alpizar Aguilar, Dieter Baumann, Carlos Osatinsky, Fernando Pelliccioli, Xuan Shi, Anja Sielaff
composition und live music: Alexander Nickmann
light: Fabien Bleisch
costume:Jutta Hell
communication: k3 berlin


production: Tanzcompagnie Rubato funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, in cooperation with Uferstudios Berlin.












 photo Dieter Hartwig


Tanzcompagnie Rubato




Premiere October 11th 2023, 7.00 pm

 Uferstudios Berlin, Studio 14

 October 12th. to 14th 7.00 pm

 and October 15th. 5.00 pm


Uferstr.8/23, 13357 Berlin






"Sometimes we have to allow ourselves not to know, to get into a new space."(Lars Ramberg)


We live in times of doubt! But little can be felt of the positive power of doubt. But it is there, this power that is necessary to create something new, to leave well-trodden paths, to become creative, to take a risk, to take a not knowing.

What does doubt have to do with our body? What insights can we gain with him about doubt? When does the doubt begin? To what extent does it have anything to do with our identity?

Searching, discarding, not being sure, making a decision, where does this process begin in us? Left and right hemispheres of the brain, as opponents or as complementary partners. The synaptic gap through which nerve impulses from the center to the periphery are transmitted to our limbs or not. The hesitation of waiting, not being able to make a decision, as an inability to act, or as a waiting, waiting and then making a decision at the right moment. Contradictory information collides, has to be sorted and processed in our cells, our organs, our muscles. To act or not to act, what is right or wrong? What does it mean to overcome doubt? Making a decision, knowing, being safe, or even finding a deeper truth?

ZWEIFEL is a dance piece in which the courage to collective doubt is the central theme as a creative force to enter a new space. Nine dancers form a social miniature in which constant negotiation processes take place. Be active or passive, join others, go against them or stay alone. Decide, wait, discard, start again. Doubt as a productive state of insecurity, openness to change and other perspectives. The nine dancers are supported by the image associations of the video artist Andrea Keiz and the live electro-acoustic composition by the musician Alexander Nickmann.


Concept, Set: Dieter Baumann, Jutta Hell
Choreography, Staging: Jutta Hell
Dance, Creation: Zoé Alibert, Liza Alpizar Aguilar, Mercedes Appugliese, Dieter Baumann, Carlos Osatinsky, Fernando Pelliccioli, Xuan Shi, Anja Sielaff, Niannian Zhou
Composition und live Music: Alexander Nickmann
Light: Fabien Bleisch
Costume: Claudia Janitschek, Jutta Hell
Video art: Andrea Keiz
Communication: k3 berlin


production: Tanzcompagnie Rubato, funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion, Berlin, in cooperation with Uferstudios, Berlin. Project research funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media in the program NEUSTART KULTUR, aid program DIS-TANZEN of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.







Research project February - May 2023

Doubt as an attitude, as a means of questioning reality and making decisions, is to be examined and is the most important category for the research. The positive socio-political application of the term plays a role, as formulated by Lars Ramberg (Palace of the Republic - Palace of Doubt): The collective courage to doubt as proof of reflection and democracy, for a future-oriented identity discourse. What does doubt have to do with our body? What insights can we gain with him about doubt? We want to physically examine if there are "mechanisms of doubt" in our body systems, in bones, muscles, organs, fluid systems. We pursue the question to what extent these physical mechanisms and functionalities influence our thinking and acting when dealing with reality. We want to reflect on experiences that are made in times of crisis and ways of processing them using researched documentary material (videos, texts, original sound) and use them for our creative process. What does the doubt mean for the transformation into something future? Our body-oriented, sensual and haptic approach tries to create a different perspective, a new approach to the phenomena described above than the word, reflection as text or film can. From the starting points, questions and methods described, we want to research and develop movement approaches and choreographic possibilities in order to apply them in a future project: About Doubt.

Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media in the program NEUSTART KULTUR, aid program DIS-TANZEN of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.







October 2022





 anatomy of a feeling


Premiere October 05th 2022

Uferstudios Berlin, Studio 14

also  October 06th to 09th

Studio 14, Uferstudios

Uferstr.8/23, 13357 Berlin




SEHNSUCHT, anatomy of a feeling


Originally related to experiences made during the hard lockdown phases of 2020 and 2021 during the corona pandemic - the longing for new, old freedom - the topic developed further. Corona stayed, but war in Ukraine, fear of inflation, energy shortage and more came along.

From a psychological point of view, longing is a complex feeling, characterized by the fact that it simultaneously activates positive and negative feelings, pain and happiness or joy in humans, often very intensely. SEHNSUCHT, anatomy of a feeling combines collective and individual longing experiences of the participating artists, the aim is to make these inner feelings physically, musically and visually accessible in many different facets. In this creative exploration, the seven dancers are joined by musicians Alejandra Cárdenas, aka Ale Hop (live electronics and electric guitar) and Alex Nickmann, (live electronics and drums). The video artist Andrea Keiz finds her own visual interpretation and projects her world of images onto the stage.

Where is the longing in the body? What color is she? How heavy is she? What sound does she have?


concept: Dieter Baumann, Jutta Hell

choreography, staging: Jutta Hell
composition, live music: Alex Nickmann,
Alejandra Cárdenas aka Ale Hop
dance, creation: Zoé Alibert, Liza Alpizar Aguilar, Mercedes Appugliese, Dieter Baumann, Carlos Osatinsky, Fernando Pelliccioli, Anja Sielaff

video art: Andrea Keiz

light:Fabian Bleisch

costumes: Claudia Janitschek, Jutta Hell

communication: k3 berlin

photo: Dirk Bleicker

production: Tanzcompagnie Rubato, funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin, in cooperation with Uferstudios, Berlin.








From February 2022 on

Common Practice


When the second Corona wave reached Berlin in autumn 2020 with a performance ban, difficult training and rehearsal conditions, we trained together with dance artists from our environment in the rehearsal room we rented and practically worked on topics, project independent. We called it COMMON PRACTICE. At the beginning of 2021, this group was able to receive funding through the #TakeCare program for artist groups. We were able to do paid research as a group for 2 months, exchange knowledge and train ourselves. With the funding from Neustart Kultur / Tanzpakt Reconnect, we want to consolidate and further develop the COMMON PRACTICE model in 2022 and secure it as an interface for project-independent knowledge production in the long term. Common practice differs from common residency and research practices. Common Practice is based on a group of professionally working individual dance artists. Contents are brought in, discussed and selected by everyone involved. Common practice does not aim to develop a production or to maintain a company. Common Practice is PAID joint research practice, further training, knowledge production within a defined period of time.



which is funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner

for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative.






October 2021




 Die Zeit ist immer jetzt

Tanzcompagnie Rubato in cooperation withzeitkratzer, europäisches Solisten - Ensemble für aktuelle Musik


Premiere October 07th 2021

Uferstudios Berlin, Studio 14


also  October 08th and 10th

Studio 14, Uferstudios

Uferstr.8/23, 13357 Berlin




We are socially engaged in an intensive discourse on how the relationship between nature and society, nature and humans can be significantly changed and redefined. Rethinking how to deal with “time” is part of this discussion.The central aspect of our production is the phenomenon “time”. In a dialogical process, 8 dancers from the Rubato dance company and 8 musicians from the zeitkratzer ensemble meet.The aim is to unsettle familiar patterns of perception of time, to stimulate the viewer to reflect on time processes, including those of his own body. Experiencing time as a form of living existence, independent of current time economies, through dance and music.


concept: Dieter Baumann, Jutta Hell
choreography, staging: Jutta Hell
musical director: Reinhold Friedl
dance, creation: Mercedes Appugliese, Dieter Baumann, Alessandra Defazio, Viviana Defazio, Alexander Nickmann, Carlos Osatinsky, Fernando Pelliccioli, Anja Sielaff
music, creation: Reinhold Friedl, Frank Gratkowski, Martin Heinze, Nick Hummer, Maurice de Martin, Ulrich Phillipp, Burkhard Schlothauer, Hild Sofie Tafjord
sound design: Klaus Dobbrick
light: Emma Juliards
costumes: Claudia Janitschek, Jutta Hell
set: Dieter Baumann
video accompaniment: Andrea Keiz
production management: Inge Zysk
communication: k3 berlin
photos: Monika Rittershaus
poster: Dirk Bleicker


production: Tanzcompagnie Rubato in cooperation with europäischen Solisten-Ensemble für aktuelle Musik zeitkratzer,funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin, in cooperation with Uferstudios, Berlin.


Covid 19 visitor rules: The event can only be visited with GGG proof (vaccinated, recovered, tested). There is an obligation to provide contact details.

More information here.







 März 2021







 from Andrea Keiz


Andrea was part of our intensive workgroup, which took place from March 1st to 7th, 2021 at Uferstudios Berlin


The planned public showings could not take place due to pandemic reasons.The video experiments give an insight into our research.


Participants: Dieter Baumann, Alessandra Defazio, Viviana Defazio, Jutta Hell, Andrea Keiz, Alexander Nickmann, Carlos Osatinsky, Fernando Pelliccioli, Anja Sielaff.


Please click on the picture to get to the video experiments.


 Videostils: Andrea Keiz Video_Experimente


Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin.





November 2020 until April 2021




a journey into ourselves




A research project by Jutta Hell and Dieter Baumann, made possible and funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in the NEUSTART KULTUR program, the DIS-TANZEN aid program of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.


The Corona crisis has shown how much our body is natural, how fragile our social structure is, how quickly a well-running economy can collapse. We have drastically learned that the body is the interface between nature and civilization. The caesura we are experiencing makes it clear to us that we are at a turning point. What possibilities does our artistic work with the body, with choreography, offer for this examination? This is the core question of our research during the fellowship period.

 Practical implementation, method

There are three terms on our agenda that we examine theoretically and practically: human beings - nature, the Qi concept, biopolitics. 

Human – Nature

"We are given to ourselves as nature, being nature happens to us" (Gernot Böhme). Gernot Böhme points to a central aspect, that we can only understand ourselves as part of nature in the conscious act of appropriation, of self-awareness. The task for dancers and choreographers is: How can I theatrically work on the “inside” and make it accessible to an audience? For this purpose we deal with the concept of "embodyment" and its usefulness for our future work.

The Qi concept is a very old and comprehensive concept of understanding the universe, nature and the human (body) as belonging together. The teaching of yin and yang as a complementary play of opposing forces in all of nature. With the Qi Gong master Mrs. Liu Yafei, in Beidaihe / South China and Björn Dirk Schlueter, former dance dramaturge, now TCM doctor in San Francisco, we want to investigate the possibilities of how the Qi concept can flow into a dance and choreographic practice.


The term biopolitics comes from Michele Foucault and is more relevant today than ever. He summarizes the relationship that the state maintains in the modern age with the social body. This relationship has come under criticism as a result of the current crisis; e.g. B. Restriction of our freedom rights, the domestic space as a prison. We want to engage with Foucault's work in the context of our investigation. Finding inspiration for choreographic themes that respond artistically to the changes and challenges in the world we live in.

Now is the time to take time.






Online resumption July 2020

Premiere June 2020



What is behind the mask, that I call my body?



Due to Covid 19, the planned premiere of KörperWetter was released as a video stream in June 2020 in three episodes. Due to the great positive response and many clicks, you have here access to the three episodes as streams:


Click on each episode on each day to start the stream.


1. Episode July 17. 7.00 pm

2. Episode July 18. 7.00 pm

3. Episode July 19. 7.00 pm



The relationship between body - nature - society is the focus of our new production. Is there an opportunity for us who have been socialized in a western culture to find a body that is beyond the individual body? What are we confronted with when we break up the individualism in which we are as a body? Is there a utopian potential that points to a livelier, more progressive relationship between body, nature and society?



artistic direction:                 Jutta Hell, Dieter Baumann
direction, choreography:    Jutta Hell
dance, creation:                  Dieter Baumann,
                                           Alessandra Defazio,
                                           Anja Sielaff,
composition, live music:     Alexander Nickmann
camera:                              Andrea Keiz
light:                                    Fabian Bleisch

communication:                   k3 berlin

Photos:                                Monika Rittershaus



Production:Tanzcompagnie Rubato, funded by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Berlin, and funded by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, in cooperation with Studio Sonic and Uferstudios für zeitgenössischen Tanz, Berlin.









© Dirk Bleicker


Premiere: 10. October 2019, Uferstudios Berlin, Studio 14,

and  11. - 13. October






The noise of the present.

Do you know that, you walk in the street or sit in the café and pick up fragments of conversation from passers-by, passing you from conversations at the next table. Or you can see gestures and interactions that are both commonplace and strange.

We kept a kind of journal for a while, in which we noted interesting, weird, also cryptic linguistic fragments as well as movements and actions that we remembered. A text archive of banal, curious, philosophical, political fragments has emerged.

Our records are quasi extracts of different realities, not sensational, but human. From this material, we develop our new piece, traces_ # 62, for two dancers and a live musician.

What do these verbal, sensory and physical impressions make when translated into our bodies? And what happens to our bodies and our movements in dealing with this material?What dances arise from our descriptions of movement when we combine the meaningful with the meaningless, the banal with the philosophical, the serious with the comical?

A space of possibility arises, a choreography that tries to come from this material to its own assertion and to make the banality and complexity of everyday life perceptible and celebrate.

A nonlinear way about perceived states, about conflicts that have moved into us.


A new duet by Jutta Hell and Dieter Baumann, together with live musician and sound artist Alexander Nickmann in a light installation by Fabian Bleisch.


Production: Tanzcompagnie Rubato, funded by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Berlin, in cooperation with Studio Sonic and Uferstudios Berlin.






November 2018



blue-sky thinking

Premiere November 14th. 2018,

also November 15th - 18th 2018.


Uferstudios Berlin, Studio 1




blue-sky thinking

"Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? What do we expect? What awaits us? ... It is important to learn to hope. ... The work of this affect requires people who throw themselves into the endeavor, to which they themselves belong." With these words, the philosopher Ernst Bloch begins his central work" The Principle of Hope ".

Hope as something positive, as a forward-looking force. A force that leads from the desire to the will to action. Because the signs of the times we live in, are more in the direction of uncertainty, fear, conflict and isolation, the positive affect "hope" interests us as a deep human desire for a happy life. Daydreams are an important part of making hopes come true. blue-sky thinking, an attempt to develop creative ideas that are not constrained by current realities, trends, and beliefs.



artistic direction:                 Jutta Hell, Dieter Baumann
direction, choreography:    Jutta Hell
dance, choreography:        Dieter Baumann,
                                           Alessandra Defazio,
                                           Carlos Osatinsky,
                                           Anja Sielaff,
composition, live music:     Alexander Nickmann
light:                                    Fabian Bleisch
costumes:                           Claudia Janitschek, Jutta Hell
production management:    Inge Zysk
communication:                   k3 berlin


Production: Tanzcompagnie Rubato, funded by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Berlin, in cooperation with Studio Sonic and Uferstudios Berlin.





October 2018  




Eadweard´s Ear Muybridge extended 

an interface for dancers and musicians

Academy editions 1 – 3

October 04th - 06th. 2018, 7.00 pm


Concept, artistic direction, space: Penelope Wehrli / Notationssystem, Mediensteuerung, Entwicklung, Programmierung: Joa Glasstetter / Composition, musical direction: Gerriet K.Sharma / choreographic development, dance: Tanzcompagnie Rubato (Dieter Baumann, Jutta Hell) / musicians: Stephanie Hupperich, Alejandra Cardenas, Alexander Nickmann / technical direction & development: Thomas Koch / production management: Anna Bergel / technician: Emma Juliard, Bastian Orthmann / EADWEARD´S EARis a production of in cooperation with Festival Neue Musik Rümlingen and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main. Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and supported by TESLA Berlin e.V.



March - May 2018





Figures in a Landscape

An international, interdisziplinary project between fine art and dance - choreography


Premiere in China / Shanghai May 18th. - 12018_ 6.30 pm

and 19th. 2.30 pm 

Power Station of Art Shanghai



Premiere in Berlin March 29th.  2018 _ 6.00 pm


Gemäldegalerie im Kulturforum / Sonderausstellungshalle 2







Figures in a Landscape is a meditation on living painting and moving sculptures, a dialogue between visual art and dance, between European and Chinese culture.

Starting point were the costume designs of the British visual artist Jonathan Baldock, inspired by such diverse references and influences as Chinese opera costumes, medieval monks' cowls or the abstraction of European modernism.

With their choreography, Jutta Hell and Dieter Baumann add an extra dimension to the materiality of Baldock's costumes. They are repeatedly arranged differently on the bodies of the eight dancers, in the movement, through the dance, and receive an independent rhythm in the lines, form and color.

The museum as place of the performance, becomes an important part of the perception and reflection of the piece.


Figures in a Landscape

Total running time: 60 minutes, no intermission


Artistic directors: Jutta Hell, Dieter Baumann

Direction, Choreography: Jutta Hell

Costum, Sculptur: Jonathan Baldock

Dance, Choreography: Dieter Baumann. Alessandra Defazio, Er Gao, Bing Luo, Carlos Osatinsky, Anja Sielaff, Wang Zhen Jun, Li Ling Xi

Light: Fabian Bleisch

Sound: Da Bao

Production management: Inge Zysk, Raquel Moreira

Communication: k3 berlin

Photos: Dirk Bleicker


Produktion: Tanzcompagnie Rubato, funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, in cooperation with Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz_Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and Powerstation of Art, Shanghai





April 2018





SOS_ Gerhard Bohner_ Tanzcompagnie Rubato

 Tempo: a tender slowness

 Reconstruction / Passing on 2018




  April 26. - 28. 2018 _  8.00 pm


Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Pariser Platz 4, Blackbox



Gerhard Bohner's late work is the essence of his exploration of the legacy of pre-war modernism, in search of a new language that transcends time. The result are masterpieces of dance art. Throughout his life, a pioneer who has not established himself in any aesthetic habit, Bohner created with his latest work SOS a lesson of accuracy and reduction, permeable to theatrical composition.

The dance critic Irene Sieben wrote on the occasion of a resumption of SOS in 1999: "... The reunion with Bohner's work and his spiritual dimension is still groundbreaking seven years after his death." The pure doctrine. Every young choreographer should listen to, to distinguish black from white to learn to fight for the quality of art ... "(ballet international / dance aktuell 1/2000)

Jutta Hell and Dieter Baumann pass on the choreography they created  for them in 1991for the first time to the next generation of dancers. A TANZFONDS ERBE project.



Total running time: 65 minutes, no intermission


Choreography: Gerhard Bohner (1936 - 1992)

Artistic directors, passing on: Jutta Hell, Dieter Baumann

 Dancers: Niannian Zhou, Xuan Shi

Speaker: Knuth Irche

Music / Sound: Ronald Steckel

Set Design: Ursula Sax

Stage: Norbert Stück

Photo: Klaus Rabien


Texts taken from the book "herzzero" by Franz Mon 


Funded by TANZFONDS ERBE – an initiative by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, in cooperation with Academy of Art, Berlin. A Tanzcompagnie Rubato production.










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

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