• Dagmar Chittka
  • Daniel Stettler

Rauher Engel is a new dance theatre company in Rotterdam. The drive behind 'Rauher Engel' is artistic director Dagmar Chittka. She works with changing guest dancers. 'Rauher EngeL' has been founded in March 2006 and has a repertory of six dance theatre productions. 

Dagmar has graduated at the ‘Rotterdamse Dansacademie’ and started to make choreographies during her study. In 1993 she won the ‘Corrie Hartong Price’ with the dance piece 'Es tanzt das ZNS'. From 1997 to 2006 she was one of the two artistic directors of the dance theater company ‘Lieber Gorilla’. 

Rauher Engel’s performances are a freakish mix of dance, movement, play and acrobatics. They are characterised by lyrical sceneries, physical intensity and absurdity. It’s a game of contrasts like rough and gentle, beauty and depravation, tender and hard. A powerful metaphorical language takes shape and communicates directly with the audience. That’s why the productions are very suitable for young public as well.
A special element in the work of ‘Rauher Engel’ is the use of aerial work. By dancing in silks (tissu) and trapeze the variety of movements gets expanded which enables the dancers literally to move between heaven and earth, in the 4th dimension.