Transiting the new roads of Circus


EL CRUCE is a professional company of contempory circus and physicall theatre that develops varied and original works for indoor and outdoor performances.

The company is born from the artistic meeting between Nicoletta Battaglia and Ruben Río in 2009.

Their collaboration starts from a common interest in exploration, research and development, the desire of explore new circus dramaturgies and multidisciplinary languages from the physicall expression and the poetic relationship whith objects.

El CRUCE is in a continous research for original ways jof comunicate with all audiencies, languages capables of express concepts, ideas and feelings, always exploring and findind the right balance between form and content.

El CRUCE is an intersection,a meeting, a crossing of roads, it is a mix, a moment where something happen, an exchange, risk and interaction, interplay, the perspective of other directions... mix of skills and disciplines, emotions and thoughts, an interchange between artist and audiencie, a cross between content and form, is a way of comunication...




In 2004 gets a degree in “International studies” at the university of Turin (Italy) presenting a cultural anthropology thesis about circus.


She studied circus and theatre (hand balance, acro-balance, object manipulation, clown and physical theatre)attending courses and stages in different schools and spaces around Europe as : ESAC and Espace Catatrophe (Brussels) and the circus school of Moscow.

She studied with different teachers as: Kim Langlet, Pascal Agelier, Jerome Thomas y Cristina Samaniego. Simultaneously she studied contemporary dance, music (trumpet and guitar) and cultural management in different workshops and in a self taught way.


From 2017 she works with the company Armo , Jerome Thomas 



At an early age moves to Madrid to study circus,dance and theatre. Finishing the circus school in Madrid, moves to London and gets graduated in 2004 from the National Centre for Circus Arts, gets specialized in juggling and object manipulation. Has been trained with jugglers of international reference as Jerome Thomas, Maksim Komaro, Stefan Sing,Tim Roberts or Gandini Juggling Project among others.


In London works with Company F/Z in several productions, he also present solo works and collaborates with companies as Generating Company, Jade, Circus Space and Cardboard Citizens as an actor,juggler,researcher and teacher. Found with Stefano Di Renzo the circus theatre company C.i.a LA touring with their show “Hambre” internationally for years.


Back in Spain becomes part of Circo Badin developing artistic and cultural projects in the rural area. Founded member and artistic director of La Hoja Roja develops different artistic projects around circus, theatre, dance and music.


Collaborates with Café de las Artes Teatro in the performances “El viaje” and “Tachán”. Works with his juggling acts in European cabarets and under the tents of Circo Italiano and Circo Quimera.

Ruben has also developed workshops, artistic researches, choreographies and artistic direction for various projects related to contemporary circus and physical theatre.


In 2014 founded the contemporary circus company “EL CRUCE”