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A magnetic performance of immersive sound, hypnotising lights, and virtuosic movement


If we started at point zero, how would we look at reality and experience life? Two individuals dive into a sea of energy, reconnecting with identity.

A magnetic performance of immersive sound, hypnotising lights, and virtuosic movement where the two dancers entangle through a ritualistic journey. Experience a spiritual dance and get transported into a dream-like world of imagination and beauty.

In their first full-length duet, Rudi and Julia reveal a distinguished sensibility to create intimate and unique worlds on stage, where pure rawness merges with elegance. ZERO is not just a visually mesmerising duet, but also a sonically immersive piece presented with a surround sound score that submerges the audience into a sound bath.

The symbiotic connection between the two dancers and the synchronicity of their movement brings an entrancing effect to the viewer. Powder-like stardust lies on the floor shaping a circle surrounding the performers and morphs as the piece unfolds, to leave a swirling print on stage at the end of the show.

The duet premiered in October 2016 at mac Birmingham and has toured in the UK & Internationally including Daegu International Dance Festival (S.Korea), M1Festival(Singapore), OpenLook International Dance Festival (Russia). The 15min extract of ZERO won 1st Prize at Madrid Choreography Competition & the Tanja Liedtke Prize at Hannover International Choreography Competition. Rudi & Julia were commissioned by The Movement, a partnership between Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry & Birmingham Hippodrome, to re-work the extract for large-scale stages & be presented at Sadler’s Wells & The Lowry Dance:Sampled 2018.



Artistic Direction, Choreography and Performance
Julia Robert and Rudi Cole (HUMANHOOD)

Lou Cope

Lighting Design
Horne Horneman (Re-worked with Tom Visser)

Costume Design
Mark Howard

Composition and Sound Design
Iain Armstrong

Gyda Valtysdottir (cello and voice), Alex Forster, Xhosa Cole, Azizi Cole and Shahzad Ismaily (Re-worked with: Victory Groves, Ruth Angell, Francis Gallagher, Sarah Farmer)

Rehearsal Director
Shanelle Clemenson (Re-worked with Jorge Crecis)

Physicist Collaborator
William Chaplin

Commissioned by
mac Birmingham

Re-work Commissioned by
The Movement Partnership: Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome

Supported by
DanceXchange, Ace Dance and Music, La Caldera, and Shawbrook

Funded by
Arts Council England