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Ballett-PREMIERE: b.30
Saturday, 14.01.2017
Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Heinrich-Heine-Allee 16a, 40213 Düsseldorf
Concerto Grosso (UA) / Lonesome George / Wounded Angel (UA), Ballette von Remus Sucheana, Marco Goecke, Natalia Horecna

While it is certainly correct to describe Martin Schläpfer as a choreographer and dancer, this doesn’t do justice to his enormous influence on the world of ballet which he has enriched with his own works as well as productions of many important modern and contemporary pieces.

For 23 years Schläpfer has been launching the careers of countless dancers and choreographers, firstly in Berne and Mainz and now in Düsseldorf/Duisburg as the Director of Ballet, and he won the Ballett am Rhein the title of Best Company three times in a row from 2013 to 2015. In 2016 Schläpfer switched from Director of Ballet to take up the role of Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer so that he could once again work as an artist while remaining with the Oper am Rhein. His deputy to date, Remus Şucheană, has since taken charge of the ballet company at Schläpfer’s side.


Şucheană’s first choreography will have its premiere at the “b.30” ballet evening on 14 January. With dance set to the music of Alfred Schnittke’s “Concerto grosso No. 1”, Şucheană explores the exclusion of the individual from the group and the contrast between oneness and loneliness.


The title of the second part of the evening is “Lonesome George”, after a giant tortoise who died on the Galapagos Islands in 2012 and who was initially believed to have been the last of his species. Marco Goecke – voted Choreographer of the Year in 2015 – sees George as an allegory for his ballet in which the dancers sometimes appear to be alone although, in fact, they are not. Goecke underpins his surreal and vibrant work with Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony, Op. 110 a.


Now well-established, 2014’s “Best New Choreographer” Natalia Horecna, will be providing the third part of “b.30” with her premiere of “Wounded Angel”. The 40-year old Slovakian’s dance pieces are largely characterised by powerful emotions, extreme energies and the search for our hidden sides. In the debut performance of this piece, which was specially created for the Ballett am Rhein, Horecna tells the story of an outsider.

Foto: Susanne Diesner


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Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Heinrich-Heine-Allee 16a, 40213 Düsseldorf
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