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Ballett am Rhein | Martin Schläpfer | Royal Scottish National Orchestra

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’.

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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20-22 August 2015

  • 90 minutes
  • £10 - £32*

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book or watch. The 2021 programme will be announced in June.