“…probably the most radical choreographer in Europe.” – Ballettanz

“Tip: Interaction (or lack of it) depends on the mental baggage of the viewer.” – The New York Times

Get ready for an entirely different approach to dance and live performance when Felix Ruckert and company present deluxe joy pilot, an innocent, playful, and sophisticated exploration into intimacy as told by a series of solos, duets, and extensive (voluntary) audience participation. By the end of the performance, the distinction between performer and spectator will be foggy at best, as Ruckert and dancers skillfully extend the terrain of the stage to include the audience members themselves.

“Something strange happens when strangers meet in a new space,” observes Ruckert, revealing the crux of many of his recent explorations into dance, the body, and unconventional performance space. With little interest in linear storytelling, Ruckert instead relies on the story of the body to inform his work, using dance and a deep understanding of movement as a medium through which to deeply question subjects such as intimacy, fantasy, and physical and emotional states.

Ruckert studied dance in Berlin, Essen, Paris, and New York, working with other European choreographers (Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal from 1992-1994) before founding his own company in Berlin in 1994. His recent works reflect a commitment to dismantling common expectations of live performance, staging work in non-theatrical settings such as the brothel in Hautnah (1995), the group-therapy ritual in Ring (1999), the slide show in Schwartz (1998), the gallery in Stillen (2000), and the night-club in deluxe joy pilot (2000). Created in Berlin in December 2000, deluxe joy pilot has toured Paris, Strasbourg, Munich, Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, and currently the United States.


deluxe joy pilot is funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Altria Group, Inc.