Our Team

Meet the individuals behind Humanhood
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Rudi Cole

Co-Artistic Director & Founder

Born and raised in Handsworth, Birmingham, Rudi has been dancing from his childhood with ACE Dance & Music and graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. He has worked as professional dancer with various renowned international choreographers including Akram Khan as well as performing a solo role for the ’12 London Olympic Games. In 2015, he founded Humanhood company together with Julia Robert. Rudi has an acute sense of rhythm and works on harnessing the raw essence of it in both the choreography and the company’s movement language. Rudi is the co-Artistic Director and choreographer of Humanhood, being the Yang component of the company.

Rudi and Julia have worked together since 2014, developing the choreographic aesthetic and movement signature of the company. They created their first short duet The Mask Behind Doors in 2014 which was finalist at Madrid’s Choreographic Competition. One year after, they created their first outdoor duet entitled Nomadis, which toured in EU and UK, including DancingCity in London, and was, two years later, selected to be part of the Spanish touring network for outdoor work: Red A Cielo Abierto. In 2015, they travelled to India where they spent four months developing and sharing their practice with different local communities including Nachom Arts Foundation in Manipur as well as exploring Moving Breath with Sheela Raj in New Deli. ZERO, their first full length duet was premiered the following year at mac birmingham and its 15min extract won 1st Prize and the Young Jury prize at Madrid 30’ Choreographic Competition. The same extract won the Tanja Liedtke Prize at the Ballet Gesellschaft International Choreographic Competition in Hanover, for which they spend 3 weeks with Australian Dance Theatre receiving advice and insight from Artistic Director Garry Stewart alongside sharing HumanhoodPractice with the dancers. 

2017 is the year that Julia and Rudi started solely committing to Humanhood. They became Associate Artists at Déda Derby and were commissioned by Without Walls,  Brighton Festival, Norfolk&Norwich and Déda Derby to create Orbis, an outdoor duet inspired by Earth's permanent satellite: the Moon, which toured across the UK including Greenwich&Docklands International Festival and Internationally including the renowned festival Fira Tàrrega. Rudi and Julia received a very special commission by The Movement, a partnership between The Lowry, Sadler’s Wells and Birmingham Hippodrome, to re-work the award winning extract of ZERO which was performed at Sadler’s Wells and The Lowry’s main stages as part of Dance:Sampled 2018, for which the London Evening Standard reviewed ‘Humanhood rise at the challenge at Sadler’s Wells’. The same year, they were invited by Sadler’s Wells to present Humanhood:Universe, an immersive installation/performance bringing together the work of their former collaborators as well as performing the full piece, ZERO

They have both been awarded the Artist International Development Fund from Arts Council England and the British Council which brought them to Taiwan to collaborate with the renowned traditional taiwanese percussion band Ten Drum during a one month residency at their base in Tainan city. Their first group piece Torus, commissioned by Birmingham Dance Hub, DanceXchange and Sadler's Wells will premiere in Spring 2019. Rudi and Julia have an ongoing collaboration with physicists at Birmingham University Physics & Astrophysics Department.

Rudi and Julia have choreographed works for other companies and undergraduates including Loose Strings commissioned by Cobosmika for their postgraduate company SEED, an extract of which was re-staged for Déda BA and Birmingham CAT students; Dark Flares commissioned by NSCD for their second year students and Earth the first of Humanhood’s series on the elements commissioned and performed by Singapore’s professional company T.H.E Dance Company.

Julia and Rudi are Associate Artists at DanceXchange in Birmingham

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Júlia Robert Parés

Co-Artistic Director & Founder

Originally from Sitges (Barcelona), Julia started a physics degree before shifting her full attention into dance, graduating from the London Contemporary Dance School. She has worked with acclaimed choreographers including Jasmin Vardimon and in 2015 she founded Humanhood company together with Rudi Cole. Influenced by her seven years of experience in piano, Julia has an natural intuition for melody and harmony both in choreography and music, and brings her physics background to the choreographic ideas and compositions of the work. Julia is the co-Artistic Director and Choreographer of Humanhood, being the Yin component of the company. 

Julia and Rudi have worked together since 2014, developing the choreographic aesthetic and movement signature of the company. They created their first short duet The Mask Behind Doors in 2014 which was finalist at Madrid’s Choreographic Competition. One year after, they created their first outdoor duet entitled Nomadis, which toured in EU and UK, including DancingCity in London, and was, two years later, selected to be part of the Spanish touring network for outdoor work: Red A Cielo Abierto. In 2015, they travelled to India where they spent four months developing and sharing their practice with different local communities including Nachom Arts Foundation in Manipur as well as exploring Moving Breath with Sheela Raj in New Deli. ZERO, their first full length duet was premiered the following year at mac birmingham and its 15min extract won 1st Prize and the Young Jury prize at Madrid 30’ Choreographic Competition. The same extract won the Tanja Liedtke Prize at the Ballet Gesellschaft International Choreographic Competition in Hanover, for which they spend 3 weeks with Australian Dance Theatre receiving advice and insight from Artistic Director Garry Stewart alongside sharing HumanhoodPractice with the dancers. 

2017 is the year that Julia and Rudi started solely committing to Humanhood. They became Associate Artists at Déda Derby and were commissioned by Without Walls,  Brighton Festival, Norfolk&Norwich and Déda Derby to create Orbis, an outdoor duet inspired by Earth's permanent satellite: the Moon, which toured across the UK including Greenwich&Docklands International Festival and Internationally including the renowned festival Fira Tàrrega. Rudi and Julia received a very special commission by The Movement, a partnership between The Lowry, Sadler’s Wells and Birmingham Hippodrome, to re-work the award winning extract of ZERO which was performed at Sadler’s Wells and The Lowry’s main stages as part of Dance:Sampled 2018, for which the London Evening Standard reviewed ‘Humanhood rise at the challenge at Sadler’s Wells’. The same year, they were invited by Sadler’s Wells to present Humanhood:Universe, an immersive installation/performance bringing together the work of their former collaborators as well as performing the full piece, ZERO

They have both been awarded the Artist International Development Fund from Arts Council England and the British Council which brought them to Taiwan to collaborate with the renowned traditional taiwanese percussion band Ten Drum during a one month residency at their base in Tainan city. Their first group piece Torus, commissioned by Birmingham Dance Hub, DanceXchange and Sadler's Wells will premiere in Spring 2019. Rudi and Julia have an ongoing collaboration with physicists at Birmingham University Physics & Astrophysics Department.

Julia and Rudi have choreographed works for other companies and undergraduates including Loose Strings commissioned by Cobosmika for their postgraduate company SEED, an extract of which was re-staged for Déda BA and Birmingham CAT students; Dark Flares commissioned by NSCD for their second year students and Earth the first of Humanhood’s series on the elements commissioned and performed by Singapore’s professional company T.H.E Dance Company.

Julia and Rudi are Associate Artists at DanceXchange in Birmingham

Pau Estrem

International Touring Producer

After a short international career as a dancer, Pau finished his production studies in 2013 in Barcelona, where he is now based. Pau has a master in European Projects Administration. In 2017, Pau became a member of The Agency for Strategies and Mobility for Performing Arts at the international renowned producing company ART REPUBLIC, working side by side with Iva Horvat and Elise Garriga.

During the last years, Pau has worked as a local producer for festivals as Grec Festival or Quinzena Metropolitana de Dansa (Barcelona), as well as developing and assisting the professional program in dance markets as Dferia (Donosti) or Mit Sao Paulo (Brasil).

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Laur Beech

Project Manager

Laur joined the company in Summer 2018 after successfully working closely with Rudi and Julia on various projects. She has previously worked several years in the music industry and cultural sector.

Based in Birmingham, Laur has extensive experience in management & marketing roles which includes director of Beats Reality, sales and marketing manager at Park Regis and business development manager at Downtown in Business.

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Aiden Bromley

Technical Production Manager

Aiden Bromley trained at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, graduating in 2018 with a degree in Lighting Design, and works as both a Lighting Designer and Production Manager. He has assisted and been mentored by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist and Lighting Designer Michael Hulls on various projects, including Piece No.43 Extract (Russell Maliphant co.) and Xenos (Akram Khan co.).

Some of his most recent credits include – Rêves D’Avant L’Aube Festival (Thêâtre de Ménilmontant, Paris), The Hypocrite (Stratford Circus, London), Medea (The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry) Hamilton the Musical (Vitoria Palace Theatre, London) and Perpetual (Bunker Theatre, London).