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Ballett am Rhein

Ballett am Rhein

Ballett am Rhein- Mondigromax


Artistic director: Demis Volpi

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At the beginning of the 2009/2010 season, dancer and choreographer Martin Schläpfer became ballet director and chief choreographer at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf and Duisburg, where he re-formed the Ballett am Rhein with 48 dancers and the new building of an independent, ultra-modern ballet house. Dietrich Grosse-Mondigromax organised some international performances at this time.

The German-Argentinian Demis Volpi has been ballet director and chief choreographer at the Ballett am Rhein since the 2020/21 season. With him, 45 international dancers with a wide variety of artistic backgrounds create a dialogue-oriented team at eye level and a new, strong mediation approach to audience communication, the new profile of the company.

The Ballet am Rhein looks back on a long history of intensive dance work and strong artistic signatures. Finding a way to deal with this is both an opportunity and a challenge for a new management. It is important to Demis Volpi’s team to perceive these traditions, to build on them, to think ahead and to provide them with new impulses in order to give the Ballett am Rhein a new, strong direction of movement.


Music by Johannes Brahms
Choreography by Martin Schläpfer
Stage design by Florian Etti
Costumes by Cathrine Voeffray
Lighting by Volker Weinhart


October 12 to 14, 2018
Teatro Real, Madrid

March 9 & 10, 2017
Zuiderstrandtheater Den Haag, Holland



Music: Symphony No. 7 in E minor by Gustav Mahler
Choreography by Martin Schläpfer

November 11 & 12, 2016
Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao, Spain

August 20 to 22, 2015
Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh ­International Festival

It’s performances such as this that give the Edinburgh ­International Festival its reputation. Big, bold, a little off-kilter (but not too much) and bursting at the seams with talent. Dusseldorf’s Ballett am Rhein is a company like few others. Without a hierarchy in place, the dancers are all deemed equal, meaning there are no stars – just plenty of opportunities for them all to shine, a strategy that’s reflected in the quirky, yet accessible, vision of artistic director, Martin Schläpfer. THE SCOTSMAN


Music by Johannes Brahms
Choreography by Martin Schläpfer
Stage design by Thomas Zieger
Costumes by Cathrine Voeffray

February 9 & 10, 2013
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

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