Henning Rübsam

is the artistic director of SENSEDANCE, a resident choreographer for Hartford City Ballet, on faculty at The Juilliard School since 2006, and a visiting guest artist at Texas Academy of Ballet (Carolyn Bognar, director).  He is currently also on faculty for the Certificate Program at the Peridance Capezio Center in New York City.


Rübsam produced the BEVERLY BLOSSOM MEMORIAL GALA at The Kaye Playhouse in NYC in honor of his late mentor on November 1 and presented his company SENSEDANCE in four premieres to music by contemporary composers at the same venue November 2-4, 2015. The rehearsal process of his new collaboration “And There was Morning” with composer Beata Moon was one of the first projects to be selected for documentation by the Contemporary American Dance Museum. The museum hosted a three-day exhibition in the theater lobby to coincide with the company’s season. Rübsam is the Coordinating Producer for the centennial tribute to playwright and singer Eric Bentley at Town Hall in NYC on December 7 featuring Tony Kushner, Austin Pendleton, Michael Riedel and others. Scheduled to receive his M.A. in dance education from Hunter College in 2016, he earned his B.F.A. degree in dance from The Juilliard School, where mentors included Martha Hill and Elizabeth Keen.  While at Juilliard, he performed as the Faun in the Nijinsky/Debussy ballet, worked extensively with Anna Sokolow, and toured internationally with the Limón Dance Company.  Upon graduation he founded his own ensemble SENSEDANCE and continued to dance with other choreographers, namely Duncan Macfarland, Murray Louis, and most importantly Alwin Nikolais.  Rübsam appeared as a guest dancer with a myriad of contemporary choreographers, among them the delightful Beverly Blossom, and in works of dance pioneers Isadora Duncan, Kurt Joos, and Doris Humphrey.  His comprehensive dance training which was initially ballet-based when growing up in his native Germany, not only includes all major modern and contemporary dance techniques, but also encompasses Classical Spanish Dance, Indian Dance, Tap and Jazz Dance, a summer course at the School of American Ballet, and studies in dance film with Michael Kidd and Stanley Donen at the Sundance Institute.


Among Rübsam’s citations are a Jerome L. Greene Fellowship, a Lincoln Center Fellowship, a Manhattan Spirit Award as "best male dancer,” a choreography award from Stephens College, and an award for his advocacy from Dancers Responding to AIDS.  He is the first dance artist to receive the Distinguished Artist Award from Bergen College and had the honor to represent the United States at the Danza Nueva Festival in Lima with his company.

Rübsam also works for theater and opera as both choreographer and director.  He has been a guest choreographer and teacher for ballet, contemporary dance companies and universities throughout the Americas as well as in Australasia and Europe.  His dance writing has appeared in Dance Magazine and its annual Stern's Performing Arts Directory, Pointe Magazine, Ballet Review, and The Juilliard Journal. He was the American correspondent for the European publication Dance-for-You.  Currently he is a senior editor and correspondent for Dance-Enthusiast.com.  As an historian and advocate for his art form, he is a long-time board member of the Martha Hill Dance Fund with whom he produced the documentary “Miss Hill – Making Dance Matter,” which opened the 2014 NY Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center.  He has implemented a dance appreciation program at Juilliard for the general public, taught dance history at SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, has given lectures for the Young Patrons Program at Lincoln Center, and was the first dance artist to speak at the GEL conference where he subsequently conducted a workshop. In 2015 he became a founding board member of the Beverly Blossom Foundation. In the commercial field he has choreographed and directed numerous high-profile events, most recently the celebration of Planet Fitness going public at the New York Stock Exchange in August and the annual Fundraising Gala for The Norwalk Maritime Aquarium in April of 2015.

Rübsam collaborates with contemporary composers Beata Moon, Ricardo Llorca, Matt Siffert and Leslie Wildman.  His “Impending Visit” to music by Rafael Aponte-Ledée was premiered at the Fiesta Iberoamericana de las Artes in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He works regularly with Mexico City-based photographer Antonio Yussif and had the honor to create a solo for his late mentor, Prima Ballerina Assoluta Eva Evdokimova.  Through her influence, his work incorporated the balletic idiom and has been featured in Ballet Galas throughout Central and South America including at Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional, Venezuela’s opera house Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas, and many more.  Rübsam, who has presented annual performances with SENSEDANCE and has toured internationally, appears in several television documentaries about his work - produced by Dancevista - and in the documentary feature Behind the Curtain.  The documentary ANOTHER TOUR (by director Greg Vander Veer) about his company’s tour through Peru is available online.

An informal showing of new work led critic Lori Ortiz to comment: “HALF-LIFE and Göttingen poignantly tackle the big questions and put Rübsam forth as the Anselm Kiefer of dance.”

Christine Jowers, Editor in Chief of The Dance Enthusiast, in November 2015: “Henning Rübsam skillfully toys with us and his props. Theatricality, eccentricity, wit, and affection defined the evening at The Kaye Playhouse.”

The Huffington Post commented on “Rübsam’s tenacity and flair”:
“...eye-pleasing rounded movements and the attention to facial gestures, which is however set off by an equal passion for jagged, rugged movement reminiscent of more experimental choreographers. This constitutes just another fascinating duality in one of our more intellectual downtown choreographers.”

His company currently celebrates its 24th season.  2016 will open with a showcase at New York City Center on Sunday, January 17 for the annual APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) Conference.

SENSEDANCE is represented exclusively by agent Jessica Marino of River City Artists Management within the USA and Canada. Please check “Presenters” page on this website for contact information. 

International destinations for the company and appearances by Rübsam as choreographer, lecturer and master teacher are booked through in-house administrator Byron Segal-Jabobs: sensedance@sensedance.org

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