Ruth. A solo performance by Ruth Zaporah

7 June 2015 | 19:30 h | Studio laborgras


Ruth is a New Mexico based performance artist, director and teacher. Considered a pioneer in her field, she is internationally known for her innovative work in the form of physical theater improvisation she founded, called Action Theater. Her passion is the body – as an expression of the natural world, as a breath of the larger ecological system and as a portal to the imaginal world. All of her trainings and performances explore and reflect this as the baseline from which all action springs. Ruth’s practices bring the focus inward, expanding awareness and stimulating imagination. The capacity for feeling is strengthened as are the roots and tools of expression and performance. Using movement, vocalization and narrative, participants experience fresh views of themselves, who they are, what they perceive and how they respond. The conceptual mind that insists on defining content learns to share with more spontaneous embodied and imaginative resources. The lights turn on, exposing splendid moments.

Zaporah spends much of her time on tour, performing and leading trainings in the U.S. Canada, Europe, Australia, Israel, and Asia. In 1994 she performed in theaters and refugee camps in Serbia and Croatia. In the spring 2000, she added Kosovo and Sarajevo to that itinerary. Zaporah is a two time recipient of National Endowment Choreography Fellowships. In 1994 she was honored with a Sustained Achievement award by the San Francisco Bay Area Dance Association and 2006 was selected to be a U.S. Cultural Envoy.

Ruth’s articles on improvisation have been regularly published in Contact Quarterly, a magazine for new dance forms. Her book, ACTION THEATER: THE IMPROVISATION OF PRESENCE, published by North Atlantic Books, is in its fifth printing. Several films about her and her work have recently been released. For further information about Ruth and her work go to

7 June 2015
19:30 h
Studio laborgras | Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44A | 10999 Berlin