Our Story

Humanhood’s vision, ambition and story through the artistic direction of Rudi Cole and Julia Robert. 

Humanhood company was founded in 2016 by Birmingham and Catalan born artists Rudi Cole and Júlia Robert Parés, and since the creation of their first duet the company is having a rapidly growing following both in the UK and International scene. Together, they have developed a unique symbiotic fluid movement language that lies at the core of their work, creating intricate choreographic patterns that merge into multilayered energetic shapes with flow and dynamism.

The research behind the work is rooted in physics and astrophysics as well as in their personal insight into Eastern mysticism, fascinated by the connections that lie between these seemingly different fields and how these shape our human experience of ourselves and reality. They collaborate with international artists to stage productions of high levels of artistic intricacy, merging energy-shifting sound, light and movement, transporting audiences to a place beyond the senses. Drawn by their interest in the cosmos and nature, Rudi and Julia collaborate with physicist William Chaplin, leader of the NASA Kepler Mission on asteroseismology (the study of stars) and professor at Birmingham University; challenging the dialogue and collaborative process between choreography and scientific research.

Based in Birmingham and Barcelona, the company presents compelling works to audiences from around the world, bringing its unique mixture of exceptional physicality, academic viewpoint and spiritual discovery.

Sadler’s Wells’ Artistic Programmer Eva Martinez says: 'Rudi and Julia have this special mix of artistic integrity, a signature style married to a truly compelling vision, and a hardworking ethos; they clearly build on the legacy of their predecessors Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkahoui and Hofesh Shechter. Yet as a new generation, they are doing something in their own terms, honing in on the communal and spiritual nature the experience of dance and asking us to join them.'

The Vision

Our work is shaped by the constant enquiry on our human experience, giving moments of voidness and yet full zeal: the suspense of a moment in time, a state of nothingness yet being totally delivered to it.

When reading about black holes colliding, orbiting galaxies, when thinking of the infinitely small or the never ending magnitudes, our minds cannot possibly grasp what all this could mean and yet while we are busy with our lives this is happening in this Universe. We like to play with these bewildering phenomena and feel how it affects the way we move, relate and perform.

Bringing Western physics and Eastern mysticism into the body, letting both approaches collide into our atoms, is a way for us to respond and be part of the evolution of humankind, joining history and future into creativity that arises in the physicality itself. We perceive each of our dance productions as a whole, where light, sound and movement are interconnected, creating a distinctive world that has a unique nature, its rhythms and its silence. The same happens with our dancers, playing with the symbiosis of their minds and the synchronicity of their bodies, creating ever evolving processes on stage inspired by the ones that occurs in the Universe.

The Journey

Since its beginning, Humanhood has produced indoor and outdoor works including the award winning production entitled ZERO, premiered in October 2016 which continues to tour in the UK, EU, Asia and beyond. Its 15min extract won 1st Prize at the 30th Madrid’s Choreography Competition as well as the Tanja Liedtke Prize at the Hannover Choreography Competition in 2017. In February 2018 this extract was re-worked for a special commission by The Movement, a producing partnership for dance between Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome, to bring it to the large scale and be presented at The Lowry & Sadler’s Wells main stages as part of Dance:Sampled.

Orbis, an outdoor duet inspired by Earth’s permanent natural satellite: the Moon, was commissioned in 2017 by Without Walls, Brighton Festival, Norfolk&Norwich Festival and Déda and toured and continues to tour extensively in the UK and EU, including Greenwich Fair at GDIF and Internationally renowned Fira Tàrrega. Rudi and Julia are currently creating Humanhood’s next full evening production for five dancers entitled Torus, establishing its signature movement, artistic aesthetic and bold uniqueness onto the world’s dance stage. Rudi and Julia are Associate Artists at DanceXchange (Birmingham) and Humanhood is resident company at La Caldera (Barcelona).