Ein deutsches Requiem
© Gert Weigelt
10 > 12 February 2017
Opéra des Nations

Ein deutsches Requiem

Ballet based on Johannes Brahms

„Ein deutsches Requiem“ op. 45 - A German Requiem, To Words of the Holy Scriptures for chorus, orchestra, a soprano and a baritone soloist. First performed on 1 July 2011 in Düsseldorf.

Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg
Director Martin Schläpfer

Production of Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg

Duration: approx. 1:15 (without intermission)

A German Requiem, Johannes Brahms’ longest composition, written immediately after the death of his mother in 1865 is a great choral and orchestral piece with two voice soloists that, unlike the Latin Requiem Mass for the Dead, makes no reference to Christian dogma on salvation and eternal life, even if all its words are taken from Christian Scripture. Brahms’ sympathetic humanist approach, which eases the grief of bereavement with words of comfort and blessing, requires no personal belief to touch hearts and minds. Martin Schläpfer’s majestic choreography for the 45 dancers of the Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg turns Brahms’ meditation into a powerfully physical representation of anxiety before death transformed into victory over despair.

Choreographer Martin Schläpfer
Scenographer Florian Etti
Costumes Designer Catherine Voeffray
Lighting Designer Volker Weinhart
Feb 2017
Friday 10 |  7:30 pm
Saturday 11 |  7:30 pm
Sunday 12 |  3 pm
Sunday 12 |  7:30 pm