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

Bia Oliveira

Executive Producer

Originally from Brazil, Bia Oliveira has been involved with performance for over 25 years as a performer, producer and director. In the last 15 years Bia has focussed on the production, touring, management and administration of arts projects, working across the spectrum of theatre, visual arts, dance, live art and performance.

Bia arrived in London from São Paulo in 1997, and continued training in physical and visual theatre. Between 1999 and 2003 she was an artist in residence at Chats Palace Arts Centre, London, where she devised, directed and produced in-house and touring events and performances. 

Bia holds a Masters degree in Contemporary Performing Arts from Middlesex University and a Post-graduate Diploma in Arts Management and Policy from Birkbeck, University of London.

In 2001 Bia trained at London-based Artsadmin, where she left as a project manager in 2007, having worked with various companies and artists, such as Station House Opera and Bobby Baker among others. 

After a seven-month stint as Theatre Officer at Arts Council England, Bia joined Akram Khan Company’s project bahok as associate producer through a Creative Leadership Award in 2007. Bia continued working alongside Akram Khan and producer Farooq Chaudhry on In-I, Vertical Road, Gnosis, DESH, iTMOi and other company projects.  

Bia left Akram Khan Company in 2015 and joined Sadler’s Wells as a producer. She went on to become a senior producer in 2016 followed by Head of the Producing & Touring department in 2017.  Bia leads on the touring of Sadler’s Wells productions and works alongside Artistic Director & CEO Alistair Spalding and Executive Producer Suzanne Walker on securing co-production partnerships. Bia also produces some of Sadler’s Wells higher profile productions, documentaries, digital projects and installations. 

Bia is on the Board of Trustees of London-based performance company Clod Ensemble and currently also works with Tanssin Talo, Finland's first house dedicated to dance to open in Helsinki, at the end of 2021. Bia is an advisor on Tanssin Talo's SPARKS project, working with a group of artists moving from mid to large-scale stages. 

Bia joined Humanhood in July 2020.

Lani Huens

Producer / Manager

Lani was born and raised in Bordeaux, France, by an American dancer mother and French chef father. She moved to the UK in 2011 to study at the University of Exeter where she received a First Class BA in Modern Languages: Spanish and Russian.

Lani has always been passionate about the arts and international cultural cooperation. She has worked as a translator for various French filmmakers and artists, as a production assistant for Seven Senses Productions in Madrid, as assistant for Marc Selwyn Fine Arts gallery in Los Angeles, and studied language and culture in Saint Petersburg after her BA. She then moved to London to work in student admissions and marketing for Identity School of Acting. 

Lani then continued her studies, graduating with Distinction from Goldsmiths College in 2018 with an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy. Alongside her MA, she interned at Crying Out Loud and Hofesh Shechter Company, after which she worked for Sadler’s Wells, first as Producing and Touring Coordinator, then as Assistant Producer. There, she worked with the Pina Bausch Foundation, Natalia Osipova, David Hallberg, Carlos Acosta, Akram Khan, Botis Seva, Alesandra Seutin and Julie Cunningham, amongst others.  

In her free time, Lani enjoys horse riding, yoga and travelling, as well as promoting the world of sustainable design. 

Lani joined Humanhood as Producer in August 2020.  

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Marius Arnold-Clarke

Technical Production Manager / Stage Manager

Marius trained in dance at the Royal Ballet School in Richmond Park before sustaining an injury in 2000. He went on to study at Durham University, returning to The Royal Ballet School as it’s Theatre Manager between 2005 and 2008. He has held the role of DSM at both the Royal Opera House and Linbury Studio. Attempting to move away from the dance world, he became Production Manager at the global events company Imagination where he was in charge of global installations and events for Jaguar Land Rover, Extreme Sailing Series and Rolls Royce. 

Turning freelance in 2014, he has worked consistently with Sadler’s Wells Production and Touring Department, acting as Touring Production Manager for productions such as Havana Rakatan and Sidi Larbi’s Cherkaoui’s Milonga, Company Stage Manager for Vamos Cuba, Hussein Chalayan’s Gravity Fatigue, Sutra and Deputy Stage Manager for Breakin’ Convention International Tours. He continues to work on other productions around the world including German Cornejo’s Immortal Tango and Break The Tango.

Marius joined Humanhood as a Production Manager and Stage Manager in March 2019.

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Jan Hart

Finance Officer

Jan joined Humanhood in August 2020.