rubarb dance & art is the union of choreographer and dancer Ruben Reniers and illustrator and paper theater artist Barbara Steinitz. The ensemble has been working since 2002 in collaboration with guest artists of various disciplines in different casts. Their main interest is the artistic exploration of different art forms, first and foremost dance, drawing, puppet theater and music. For where the arts intersect, a rich source of inspiration can be found. The ensemble has presented its productions very successfully in various countries and conducts seminars and workshops.
Ruben Reniers, born in Jakarta in 1979, grew up in Rotterdam, where he completed a bachelor's degree in contemporary dance at the renowned Hogeschool voor de Kunsten/CODARTS. His career as a dancer brought him to several theatres in Germany as an ensemble member. His artistic development was shaped above all by his many years of working with Amanda Miller/pretty ugly tanz köln, as well as numerous col-laborations with freelance choreographers.
Barbara Steinitz, born 1978 in Freiburg im Breisgau, studied communication design and illustration at the HBKsaar in Saarbrücken and at the Escola Massana in Barcelona. Inspired by puppet theatre, she began to incorporate this art form into her work as an illustrator and author. Together with the musician Björn Kollin, she staged a paper theatre with live music for her picture book Schnurzpiepegal. With the ensemble Stei-nitz+Kollin, which was subsequently founded, the dance theatre rubarb dance&art, the company Facto Teatro from Mexico and other ensembles, she has since staged multilingual stage plays, which they show internationally. She was awarded the Austrian Children's and Young People's Book Prize and the 3rd prize of the Troisdorf Picture Book Prize and was nominated for the German Youth Literature Prize. Since 2006 she has been leading seminars and art projects for children, young people and adults. Barbara Steinitz works as a freelance illustrator, author and puppeteer and lives in Berlin.
Foto: Carlos Collado