Boundary-Pushing Nouveau-Cirque, Dance and Music Productions at Major Fall Festival – “düsseldorf festival!”

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For three magical weeks, 500 artists and 25,000 visitors gather in Düsseldorf for a festival of 60 mind-bending, breathtaking performances, and the city’s tourism office, Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourism, invites visitors to dream, explore, and stay overnight amid the festival’s beauty.

PSY – Les 7 Doigts de la Main (7 Fingers), from Canada; © Peggy Faye

Some of the most innovative and fantastic performances -- nouveau cirque, large-scale dance productions, fresh chamber music concepts, and everything in between.

“düsseldorf festival!” is like the arrival of a gigantic futuristic circus that puts a whole city under its spell. For three weeks (September 18 – October 6, 2013) the festival, now in its 23rd year, brings some of the most innovative and fantastic performances to town -- nouveau cirque, large-scale dance productions, fresh chamber music concepts, and everything in between – for almost 60 performances by about 500 international artists, including 5 Germany premiers.

Highlights include: “Ghost Track,” an East/West dance piece by LeineRoebana Dance Company in which dancers from Europe and Indonesia create new dance forms. New forms is the festival’s loose theme and a good fit for three more modern circus groups: “SEQUENCE 8,” the current show of Canadian world-class artists “Les 7 doigts de la main,” is a high-speed trip into the realm of emotions; “Plan B” is a sense-confusing production by Aurelien Bory and New York avant-garde director Phil Sotanoff combining everyday life and magic; and Australian chamber music groups Circa and Quatuor Debussy co-perform “Opus,” blending music by Schostakowitsch and acrobatic sequences.

Hitchcock’s classic movie “Psycho” gets a new perspective when actor Matthias Brandt and pianist Jens Thomas perform it as a musical reading. Detroit-based funk and soul musician Amp Fiddler will perform global music, and Hip Hop is represented by the show “RAGE,” by African group Compagnie Revolution.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.duesseldorf-festival.de.

The city’s tourism office is offering hotel and city specials for many of the city’s art-related events throughout 2013, including düsseldorf festival! The travel package called “Düsseldorf à la Card” can be booked right from the tourism office’s website at http://www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/en/hotel-packages/duesseldorf-a-la-card/. 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 4-5 star hotel. All packages include breakfast, a Düsseldorf Welcome Card (free public transportation within city limits, plus more than 40 free or reduced admissions to city attractions), and a city information package.

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Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourism GmbH is the visitors and convention bureau of the city of Düsseldorf. Its responsibilities include tourism and city marketing, as well as conference and meeting marketing, hotel reservation services, fairs and convention services, city event ticket sales and advance ticket reservations. For more information, visit http://www.visitduesseldorf.de.

Düsseldorf International Airport, Germany’s Next Generation HubTM, offers several non-stop flights from US & Canadian cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Toronto), as well as convenient connections to many European cities. For more information about the airport, visit http://www.fly2dus.com and http://dus-int.de/dus_en/.

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