HENNING RÜBSAM leads his own New York City based company SENSEDANCE since 1992. He presents and produces annual NYC seasons and tours his work internationally.
In 2022 Rübsam choreographed a solo for ballerina Scarlett Güémez (Compañía Nacional de Danza de México) and his choreography for the Lycée Français production of the Michel Legrand/Jacques Demy musical “Les Demoiselles de Rochefort” premiered May 20 in New York.
In 2021 he set Ted Shawn’s “Floor Plastique” on the dancers of Limón 2 for the Denishawn Festival and taught in New York and Budapest, Hungary.
His company represented the United States on a State Department sponsored tour through Peru and his work has been shown at festivals and gala performances throughout Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico, as well as in New Zealand, Greece, and his native Germany. He has choreographed for contemporary ballet and modern dance companies as well as for conservatory dance programs such as The Ailey School.
Rübsam, who teaches dance history at Fordham University, implemented a dance appreciation program for the general public at his alma mater, The Juilliard School, where he has been on faculty since 2006. His lecture courses have featured more than 60 guest speakers, including many fellow choreographers and historians, Academy Award winner George Chakiris, and most recently three-time world medalist ice dancer Kaitlyn Weaver, who appeared in Rübsam’s popular series on “Iconic Dance Partnerships” at Open Jar Studios.He received a Master degree in Dance Education from Hunter College and was a resident choreographer for The Hartford City Ballet which folded in 2020 due to the pandemic. As a speaker, he has presented at the GEL conference and the Lincoln Center Young Patrons Program.
He writes for The Dance Enthusiast and The Hudson Review and is the dance curator for “Arts at Work.”
Rübsam trained at John Neumeier’s Hamburg Opera Ballet School, earned his BFA from Juilliard, studied Classical Indian and Spanish dance forms, performed as Nijinsky’s “Faune” and in works by many contemporary choreographers, toured internationally with the Limón Dance Company, and was a permanent guest artist for the combined company of Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis. Mentored by the doyenne of solo dance, Beverly Blossom (whose work he performs), he learned from Michael Kidd and Stanley Donen at Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute, and created a highly acclaimed solo for prima ballerina assoluta Eva Evdokimova. “Both the solo and her performance were celebrations of the kind of artistry that comes only with maturity and experience.” (NYTimes)
Rübsam founded SENSEDANCE “in the hope that through the SENSES we can all meet,” and frequently collaborates with composers Beata Moon and Ricardo Llorca.
Among the events he has directed and/or produced are: “A tribute to Eric Bentley” at Town Hall, “Spirit of Sepharad” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, “Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer” at The Kaye Playhouse, and “The Beverly Blossom Festival” at the 92Y.
He is grateful to his teacher Carolyn Bognar, who has encouraged Rübsam on his individual path to learn from divergent cultural sources.
Photo by : Antonio Yussif