Ballet "b.21" to Be Presented at at Opera House Duesseldorf

Düsseldorf, Germany

Composition and ballet masterpieces of the last two centuries, given new life under the choreography of Martin Schläpfer, Director and Chief Choreographer at Ballet on the Rhine in Düsseldorf and Duisburg, are part of the three-piece ballet performance titled "b.21." Pieces include:

The ballet set to Peter I. Tschaikowsky's romantic serenade for string orchestra was conceived as a study piece for students at the School of American Ballet (later becoming the New York City Ballet), then was evolved into a 20th century choreography masterpiece by Balanchine, who came to New York in 1933 as the school's new director. Martin Schläpfer first performed "Serenade" in 2009/10 with great success, and now brings it back to Düsseldorf's Opera House after giving the piece even more refinement and technical finesse.

Serenade - filled with enchanted scenes and performers that move like dancing elves in moonlight - is known for its artistic purity and profound influence on the art of dance, and Schläpfer once called it "a revelation of the beauty of ensemble dance."

Alltag (Uraufführung)
Hans van Manen's piece - translation: "Everyday Life (World Premiere)" - is the first in 20 years the world-renowned Dutch choreographer has entrusted to a dance company other than his own, which makes the premiere of "Alltag" in Düsseldorf even more special. The performance on the city's stage is the result of a long friendship between van Manen and Schläpfer. In fact, van Manen created "Alltag" with Schläpfer in mind, and he will return to the stage as one of the dancers.

Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 2
Brahms' famous symphony is a musical expression of a wide range of emotions, including romantic longing, joy and melancholy. Martin Schläpfer is known for his ability to grasp the essence of great symphonic works and transform them into dance. He does so again with his interpretation of Symphony No. 2, which echoes the elements of ancient ballet, fairy tales and elves without openly displaying them and delivers a dance piece that is both magical and modern.

Düsseldorf's tourism office is offering hotel and city specials for many of the city's art events throughout 2014, including "b.21." The package, called "Düsseldorf à la Card," can be booked right from the tourism office's website at Prices start at €49 per night per person based on double-occupancy for a 2-3-star hotel in the city center and at €95 per person for a 4-star hotel. The package includes breakfast, one DüsseldorfCard (free public transportation within city limits plus 30 free or reduced admissions to city attractions), and a city information package. Please check the website for current information.

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