born in Jakarta, grew up in Rotterdam, where he completed a Bachelor's degree in contemporary dance at the prestigious Hogeschool voor de Kunsten / CODARTS. His career as a dancer led him as a member of the ensemble to several theaters in Germany. His long-term collaboration with Amanda Miller / Pretty Ugly Tanz Köln, as well as numerous collaborations with freelance choreographers, was one of the main impulses for his artistic development. Since 2009, Reniers has pursued his fascination with movement and composition through the creation of his own choreographic works.
He deals with his artistic ideas in three different formats, each with a different focus: rubarb dance & art was created in cooperation with the illustrator Barbara Steinitz, and focuses on the poetic interplay between energetic, body-oriented movements and the delicacy of paper art. The Freiraum Ensemble, Cologne, was funded by Reniers and draws its attention to the particular appeal of site-specific performances in extraordinary locations, while Ruben Reniers' productions are distinguished by their interdisciplinary character, which is due to the integration of other genres, primarily visual Art, comes. Reniers's interest in the medium of film / video is also reflected in the staging of dance films, e. g. his latest production Ephemeral Rooms, which will be presented for the first time at the 25th Quinzena de Dança de Almada / International Dance Festival.
In 2017, Reniers was choreographer for the theatrical production Medea at Schauspiel Dresden, directed by Christina Rast. This successful collaboration is currently being continued with the production Alice in Wonderland at the Residenztheater München. Renier's choreographies are generally characterized by a powerful, virtuoso and dynamic as well as delicate, differentiated and intimate style of movement, and have already received great national and international attention
rubarb dance & art
is an artistic cooperation between choreographer and dancer Ruben Reniers and illustrator and paper theatre artist Barbara Steinitz. Both are interested in combining different forms of art and the effects of this encounter.
Their first collaboration led to the choreography "Tweelicht" (2002) at the Saarland State Theatre in Saarbrücken. Since then, this artistic synergy has been intensified. In 2008, the choreography "Sketches For A Dream" was performed at the Arkadas Theatre in Cologne. This quartet for three dancers and an illustrator was produced by the dance company pretty ugly tanz köln.
In their full-length theatre dance production "in between us" the liaison between dance and drawing created a unique symbiosis (performed at the Orangerie Theatre Cologne, Cologne Tanzhaus Interim, ART FAIR / TA.PE 21, DOCK11 Berlin and Festival Salon K in Berlin).
In 2014, supported by the German Goethe Institute and the Dutch Erasmus Huis, they toured Indonesia with successful workshops and performances.
Their new dance production "displacement" celebrated its premiere on June 7, 2018 in Berlin DOCK11.
This cooperation grew from the wish to form an ensemble whose main interest would be the artistic confrontation of different art forms on stage. Because where arts overlap, the source of inspiration can be infinite.