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Ballett am Rhein | Martin Schläpfer | Royal Scottish National Orchestra
20 - 22 August 2015
Edinburgh Playhouse

Germany’s Ballett am Rhein joins the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for Martin Schläpfer’s epic response to Mahler’s enigmatic 7th Symphony.

In this full-length ballet, the anguish and poignant beauty of Mahler’s Symphony seem to be written into the bodies of the dancers. Music and movement merge into a whirlpool of frenetic activity and then give way to serenity, childish naivety and virtuosity en pointe. The choreography finds its stance and fiction in the architecture of the Symphony, while a restless anxiety underscores the dancers grace and virtuosity.

Since his arrival at Ballett am Rhein in 2009 Schläpfer has revitalised the company with Tanz magazine voting it ‘Best Company of the Year’ in both 2013 and 2014 ‘because here meticulous dancing is coupled with wise choice of repertoire, basking in a strongly individual creative spirit’.

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  • Audio Described:
    Sat 22 Aug 7.45pm
  • Running time: 
    1hr 30mins approx (no interval)


Edinburgh Playhouse

18-22 Greenside Place

Supported by

Geoff and Mary Ball


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    Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg
    Martin Schläpfer Choreographer

    Mahler Symphony No 7 in E minor
    Royal Scottish National Orchestra
    Wen-Pin Chien Conductor


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    Seven | Scotsman review

    August 24th 2015

    bursting at the seams with talent ★★★★★

    Read the full review here (WOW247)

    Review by: 

    Kelly Apter
    The Scotsman

    Seven | Arts Desk review

    August 21st 2015

    a tour de force of energy and invention ★★★★

    Read the full review here (The Arts Desk)

    Review by: 

    Hanna Weibye
    The Arts Desk

    Seven | Guardian review

    August 21st 2015

    the choreography’s imagery vividly shaped by the colours and rhythms of the score ★★★

    Read the full review here (The Guardian)

    Review by: 

    Judith Mackrell
    Dance Critic
    The Guardian

    Photo: Gert Weigelt

    This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

    The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


    Grand circle: £32 £28 £23 £18
    Stalls: £32 £28 £23 £18 £12 £10
    Balcony: £18 £12 £10

    Current discounts

    Under 18s: 50% off
    Students: 50% off
    Young Scot card holders: 50% off
    Senior citizens: 50% off
    Unemployed: 50% off
    Equity card holders: 50% off
    MU card holders: 50% off