Elina Brams Ritzau

Physical Theatre Maker, Performer, Dancer and Singer.


Elina Brams Ritzau, born 1992 in Denmark, is a physical theatre maker, performer, dancer, singer, and Drag King. After a long period of intensive workshops in movement research, contemporary dance, acting, and singing, they moved to Germany in 2017 to join the Physical Theatre studies at Folkwang University of Arts until graduating March 2021.

Together with musicians and performers Bruna Cabral and Jakob Jentgens Elina co-founded the intercultural and interdisciplinary artist collective ‘CUMA Kollektiv’ in January 2021. The first full-length programme of the group and Elina’s graduation piece, the physical theatre concert Vacation from Love has already been invited to several festivals and was awarded the Folkwang Preis in 2021.

In their work, Elina is interested in the misconceptions of the supposed ‘absurdities’ and ‘normalities’ of human behaviour; how our imagination influences the way we perceive the world around us. This is among others motivated by a desire to question and deconstruct prevailing assumptions of gender roles and stereotypes.

With a poetic and at the same time direct stage language they address the question of how personal issues reflect the broader political and ideological landscape we all live in.

Their performances take place in the intersection between physical theatre, dance, and live music, the form and genre of each specific piece developing alongside the chosen theme. Influenced by dance theatre, contact improvisation, partner acrobatics and embodiment Elina explores the body’s endless potential for storytelling.

Vacation from Love

Songs from the Canadian artist and musician Michelle Gurevich are interpreted anew and shape a stage reality entirely of its own.

Those who knew the rules

A collaboration between choreographer Marie-Lena Kaiser and the study programme Physical Theatre at Folkwang University of the Arts.

Ronja the Robber’s Daughter

TOBOSO plays Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren — Adapted for the stage by Christian Schönenfelder.


A stage performance about the relation between closeness and distance. A project by Vier.D in collaboration with Boat People Projekt and the Theater im Depot, Dortmund.

The Peculiars: Speaking of Love

"We would like to play you a couple of love songs. From our hearts to yours."

Take a Guess

Have you ever asked yourself if it’s possible to be everything at once?


What is left behind, stays with you. A short physical theatre piece on ghosts and pasts.

Burning Dresses

Deep in the thicket of a witches forest eight performers confront societal bodies of power.

Cotton Candy Brain

A physical theatre solo piece about the consequences of loneliness and isolation.


Elina Brams Ritzau
Berliner Straße 54
51063 Köln

+49 176 45863781


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