The North America Office of Duesseldorf Tourism and Duesseldorf Airport Announce: New Ballet “b.20 – Deep Field” Premieres at Opera House Duesseldorf – May 23, 2014

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Contemporary ballet piece “b.20 - Deep Field” is a collaboration of genre stars, composer Adriana Hölszky and choreographer Martin Schläpfer -- and has its world premiere in Düsseldorf this spring.

Düsseldorf Opera House. Photo: Hans Jörg Michel

Created by Award-winning Choreographer Martin Schläpfer

The new ballet “b.20 – Deep Field” is an exploration in dance and music of the scale of human life and its struggles, emotions from experiences within earthly boundaries, and a reflection on the vastness of the cosmos created by award-winning choreographer Martin Schläpfer, Director and Chief Choreographer at Ballet on the Rhine in Düsseldorf and Duisburg.

Martin Schläpfer is a former dancer with the Royal Ballet School in London who won the Prix de Lausanne as best Swiss dancer in 1977 and became one of the most charismatic soloists at the Basel ballet where he remained for ten years. In 1994 he was appointed Director of the Bern ballet, and many of his choreographies were filmed for television. In 2009 he accepted the post of Director at Ballet on the Rhine Düsseldorf/Duisburg, whose ensemble was nominated “Company of the Year” by tanz magazine after only one season under his direction, and Schläpfer proclaimed “Choreographer of the Year.”

He has since won many major international prizes, and Ballet on the Rhine was again nominated “Best Company” in 2013.

Schläpfer has found a suitable partner for his latest piece in Hölszky, whom he calls a “kindred soul.” Both Hölszky and Schläpfer are known for creating music and movement, respectively, that reflect the vibrations of our times with all the dangers and contradictions, along with the range of emotions humans feel in today’s world. Schläpfer calls Hölszky’s musical scores “landscapes though whose heights and depths we can walk.” In b.20 he explores the opportunity to create a stronger link between two art genres.

b.20 is a full-length ballet piece. Members of the Düsseldorf Symphonic and guest musicians under Wen-Pin Chien will perform, and the West German Radio Choir. Stuttgart-based artist rosalie will provide stage design with the emotion-packed lighting art she is known for.

Performance Dates: Friday, 5/23: 7:30 pm; Saturday, 5/25: 7:30 pm; Thursday: 5/29: 6:30 pm; Sunday, 6/1: 6:30 pm; Saturday, 6/7: 7:30 pm: Monday, 6/9: 6:30 pm; Sunday, 6/15: 6:30 pm; Thursday, June 19: 6:30 pm.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

The city’s tourism office is offering hotel and city specials for many of the city’s art-related events throughout 2014, including “b.20.” The travel 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 4-5 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.


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

Düsseldorf 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

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Rainer Perry - NA Representative