18th Edition Dance Hybrid Malta 7th – 12th July

Contact Dance Company celebrates the 18th edition of Dance Hybrid Malta 2019 an Intensive week of masterclasses,  choreographic repertory lab for experienced dance enthusiasts, pre-professional and professional dancers,  A five day study platform including an informal sharing of the work produced during the weeks intensive, demonstration of classes,  and choreographic collaboration, including some guest showcasing performances.  This sharing is supported by the Malta International Arts Fringe Festival 2019 and the University of Malta School of Performing Arts Dance Studies Department. (www.maltaartsfestival.org)

Dance Artists Rudi Cole & Julia Robert Pares (Humanhood)


Rudi Cole was 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 a 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 Pares. 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 for Humanhood, being the yang component of the company.

Julia Robert Pares is originally from Sitges (Barcelona), Julia started a physics degree before sifting 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 composition of the work.  Julia is the co-artistic director and choreographer of Humanhood, being the Yin component of the Company.

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Rudi and Julia have worked together since 2014, developing the choreographic aesthetic and movement signature of the company.  They created their first duet the Mask Behind Doors in 2014 which was a finalist at Madrid’s choreographic competition, followed by  Nomadis, which toured in EU and UK,  Dancing City in London and the Spanish touring network for outdoor work: Red A Cielo Abierto. In 2015 they travelled to India  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 15-minute 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 three 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 focused fully on Humanhood. They became associate artists at Deda Derby and were commissioned by Without Walls, Brighton Festival, Norfolk & Norwich and Deda Derby to create Orbis, an outdoor duet inspired by Earths permanent satellite: The Moon, which toured across the UK including Greenwich & Docklands International Festival and Internationally including the renowned festival Fira Tarrega. Rudi and Julia received a very special commission by the Movement, a partnership between the Lowry, Sadler’s Wells and Birmingham Hippodrome to rework 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 work 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 TenDrum 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 premier in Spring 2019. Rudi and Julia have an ongoing collaboration with physicists at Birmingham University Physics and 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 restaged for Deda BA and Birmingham CAT students; Dar Flares commissioned by NSCD for their second year students and Earth the first Humanhoods series on the elements commission and performed by Singapore’s professional company T.H.E. Dance Company. Julia and Rudi are Associate Artists at Dance Exchange in Birmingham.

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Description of 5-day intensive dance study, research, practice with Humanhood – Dance Hybrid Malta 2019

HumanhoodPractice (1st session)

HumanhoodPractice is the core foundation of the company’s movement language and physical exploration developed by Rudi Cole and Julia Robert Pares.

Inspired by the past decade of their experience, both in the Western training and the Eastern physical and spiritual approaches, including Tai-chi, Qi-gong, Moving Breath and Yoga, the sessions bring special awareness to the articulation of the spine while focusing on the state of mind and the groundless of the body.

The movements are circular, fluid and rhythmic, working with intention and totality and using the coordination between visualisation and breath. The practice pushes the limits of the mind and the stamina of the body. The whole experience is guided by Rudi and Julia, and supported by a sonic journey.


Repertoire & Creative workshop (2nd session)

Dancing to the original soundtracks, you will get to experience what it is like to move in Humanhood’s works.

Repertoire sessions offer an insight into the ideas and the movement repertoire of each company production. It is an opportunity to learn in detail the different movement sequences and the intention behind them, receiving information about the mental application and internal state of the company dancers when performing the work.

During the Creative sessions, Julia and Rudi share some of their choreographic tools and movement quality. This is an opportunity for dancers who are interested in getting to know more about the creative process of the company and are interested in working closely with Rudi and Julia, as well as young artists and movers who would like to develop their choreographic skills.

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Total Cost of intensive:  350 Euro

For an application please send  email to francescatranter@gmail.com

  • Name & Surname
  • Address
  • Dance Experience & Training
  • Age
  • Link of dance video reel, You tube, vimeo, URL
  • Email Address
  • Mobile Number
  • Application deadline 30th April 2019
  • 50 Euro (non-refundable) deposit registration by 30th April 2019
  • Early bird discount 320 Euro if paid in full by 30th May 2019
  • Drop in sessions 2 hours 40 Euro per session
  • Venue: University of Malta Dance Studies Department
  • Address: Hometrends JP Buildings 2nd Floor Dance Studies Studios Taz-zwejt industrial estate San Gwann, Malta.
  • google map directions: https://goo.gl/maps/NFRHvHJk56T2
  • Mobile: (00356) 79403588
  • Internet banking details email francescatranter@gmail.


Days are divided with a Contemporary class, short lunch break, Choreographic Repertory Laboratory. The course ends at 16.00 however it is at the discretion of Rudi Cole and Julia Robert Pares to work up to 17.00

The second session cannot be attended by participants who have not attended the first session.

Sunday               7th July 2019      10.00 – 16.00 (17.00)

Monday              8th July 2019      10.00 –  16.00 (17.00)

Tuesday              9th July 2019      10.00 –  16.00 (17.00)

Wednesday        10th July 2019    10.00-  16.00   (17.00)

Thursday            11th July 2019    10.00-   16.00  (17.00)

Friday                 12th July 2019    11.00     Theatre practice in space

Friday                 12th July 2019    17.30      Informal sharing

Venue:               Blue Box Theatre

Address:           Triq Oscar Zammit, L-Imsida, Malta

Google map direction: https://goo.gl/maps/Yd23gQhSvW52