Professionals & Artist Development

Sivan Rubinstein

Sivan Rubinstein is a London-based choreographer whose art uncovers contemporary cultural issues which facilitate creative public conversations. Her work is deeply rooted in collaboration with academics, artists, communities and methods of alternative learning.  

Sivan was chosen as the UK artist for Pivot Dance commissioned by Creative Europe, selected by The Place for Exit Visa, and given the title of Exceptional Artist by the Israeli Ministry of Culture.  In 2019-20 she was Artist in Residence at King's College London. 

Her work has been presented at Bloomsbury Festival (Wellcome Collection, London), Being Human Festival (London), Sotheby’s, Sadler's Wells, Migration Museum, The Place (London), Turner Contemporary (Margate), Dance4 & The Attenborough Arts Centre (Midlands), European Dancehouse Network, B.Motion Festival, Hangartfest (Italy), The Dutch Dance Festival (Netherlands) and the 2019 YAP Residency Program in Beijing, China.   

She’s currently developing Dance No 2, a series of work addressing climate futures. 

What are you most excited about joining the new group of Work Place artists?
I am most excited about the opportunity to create among other artists, the potential of sharing knowledge and practices, to grow within an artists hub and develop in relation to other bodies.  

Where do you seek or find inspiration for your work?  
I seek inspiration in everything that surrounds us, what is there and what is lacking, in nature, the now, the contemporary. I find a creative impulse within my personal experience of the world and the stories of the people I collaborate with. I use creativity as an escape in struggle to break boundaries and open new opportunities.  

What does it mean for you to be an artist in this day and age? 
To be an artist in this day and age means exposing yourself to vulnerability within the new landscape of reality. From this place of vulnerability, is revealed a need for action to support and elevate independent dance artists. So much has been said and so little has been done for movement artists this year. Let’s be driven by our desire to create. Let’s speak up for what we need. As artists, let’s influence a movement to develop, collaborate, support each other, let’s strengthen our community and advocate for our creative, mental or physical needs.