Israeli born dancer and choreographer, graduate of The Bat-Dor School of Dance and the Thelma Yelin High-school for Performing Arts. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Columbia University and an MFA in Dance from the Hollins University/American Dance Festival program.
As artistic director of her NY based dance troupe between 2000-2003, The Red Hill Project, she has created works that showcased at various venues, including Dancenow/NYC, Joyce Soho, Mulberry Theater's Newsteps Festival, University Settlement, Minor Latham Playhouse, White Wave, and Toronto Fringe Festival, among others.
Since her return to Israel in 2003, she has been teaching, giving workshops and choreographing for the Batsheva Dance Ensemble, OtherDance Festival, IntimaDance Festival, Curtain Up Festival and Dance Arena festival, to name a few. Her piece 'Park part I" and evening of works titled "On All Fours" was chosen to be part of the repertory of Tmuna Theater in Tel-Aviv. In 2006, She was chosen to take part in the inaugural year of the Sugar Salon Residency in New York, where she created alongside Bessie Award Winner Susan Marshall. The resulting work, titled "pixels on the Rocks" awarded her the 2nd prize at the A.W.A.R.D Show in NY's Joyce Soho.
Ruttenberg seeks to create works that engage all the senses, not excluding the sense of humor, and to expand the existing audiences for dance. To that aim, she collaborates with artists from different fields (theater, film, music and visual art), and examines new angles for the presentation and experience of dance. For instance, her work NABA 2.0 currently in residence at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art allows audiences, through the use of museum Audio Guides to choose the soundtrack for the work themselves. Please Do Not Feed the Dancers is performed in an empty pool with the viewers watching it from above, and the gender-flexible POLY is presented with alternating female/male casts performing the same roles.
Ruttenberg continues to produce and present her own work in Israel and abroad. Her Dance-Film Private I's (Director: Oren Shkedy) has screened at international film festivals in Chille, Colombia, Turkey, Germany, Hong Kong (Outstanding film Award at Jumping Frames), USA (Audience Choice Award at Dance Camera West and first prize at the Tallahassee International Competition), Portugal, Bulgaria and Mexico. ScreensArt, a series of dance art works for the screen, premiered at Fresh Paint in Tel Aviv and exhibited at the Miami Art Week 2012.
Her most recent Dance Film Glove Story is now making its international rounds and has screened in Finland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, USA and Israel.
Dana continues to create choreography for various Theater and TV productions throughout Israel, teach and perform abroad(Senegal, USA, Hungary, Denmark, South Africa, Italy and Russia to name a few). She is on faculty at the Tel Aviv School of the Arts Dance Department.
Ruttenberg was chosen as one of "The Future Generation" women by The Marker W Magazine.
She is the winner of the 2013 Minister of Culture Award. She was awarded the distinguished 2012 Rosenblum Award for Promising Young Artist by the municipality of Tel Aviv. In Spring 2013, she was a visiting artist at Florida University for as part of Schusterman Foundation's Visiting Artist Program.