Arte Concert Live Stream: September 25th - December 23rd, 2016
Stagerecording: June 19th, 2014 at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf
TV-Director: Annette von Wangenheim
Photography: Gordon Kalbfleisch, Monika Eise, Carsten Jost
Editor and Producer: Ansgar Pohle, 7T1 Media GmbH
Editorial: Sabine Rollberg

Zehn KLANGbelichtungen einer METAmorphose
World Premiere: May 23rd, 2014
Music l Commissioned Score: Adriana Hölszky

Choreography: Martin Schläpfer
Musical Direction: Wen-Pin Chien
Media Light Sculpture and Costume Design: rosalie
Lighting Design: Thomas Diek
Chorus Direction: Denis Comtet
Sound Concept and Supervision: Otto Kränzler
Dramaturgy: Anne do Paço

Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg
Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and guests

WDR Rundfunkchor Köln

„I believe that at least a third of the repertoire should feature contemporary
music or contemporary artists. I simply found it important that someone would
start to compose for ballet again.“ Thanks to this credo of Martin Schläpfer –
chief choreographer and artistic director at Ballett am Rhein Duesseldorf Duisburg –
the world of dance got a grandiose contemporary masterpiece: DEEP FIELD, Zehn
KLANGbelichtungen einer METAmorphose (ten SOUNDilluminations of a
METAmorphosis), music by Adriana Hölszky, choreography by Martin Schläpfer,
media-light-sculpture and costumes by rosalie.
In 2014, this composition commissioned for the Ballett am Rhein became a
theatrical event of a kind only rarely experienced in German dance. Apart from
members of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and various guest musicians, it also
featured the WDR Rundfunkchor Köln, one of the most notable German vocal
ensembles, who are extremely familiar with performing contemporary works.

DEEP FIELD presents a congenial encounter between New Music and
contemporary ballet. The choreographer and composer seem connected like
soulmates, as both Hölszky's compositions and Schläpfer's choreography
operate as seismographs listening into our times while being almost
defenselessly exposed to their contradictions and perils. The composer's
sound world opens and displays nearly infinite spaces, colours and nuances
for stage and dance; the choreography embodies and deepens this aural
cosmos through to the most delicate threads of dance movement – a musicality
that can be physically felt and is conveyed with utter immediacy, which is also
due to the striking technique and intensity of the 42 dancers of
the Ballett am Rhein. Here, all members of the ensemble also have to be solo
performers, by contract and on stage, and they shine in virtuoso solo, duo
and trio performances as well as in those „fragment layerings“ so typical for
Schläpfer's choreographic style. It is fascinating to watch them perform as a
homogenous, expressive group in ensemble scenes between trance and
dream – with archaic force and stillness.

When DEEP FIELD was presented at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in eight
performances on the stage of the Opernhaus Düsseldorf, everybody was
aware that this long ballet with its many live musicians and guest performers
was unlikely to be repeated or revisited, as this would demand too great an
overall effort. Our live recording from June 19th 2014 is the only
comprehensive document of this unique gesamtkunstwerk. Its extraordinary
artistic quality, concentration and attraction demonstrate how intense, stirring
and brilliant contemporary dance can be.

> Feuer bewahren – nicht Asche anbeten. Der Choreograf Martin Schläpfer
(Keep the flame, don’t pray to the ashes. The Choreographer Martin Schläpfer)

German original version with English subtitles, booklet bilingual German-English,
including rehearsals of DEEP FIELD, an interview with Adriana Hölszky and
two exclusive bonus features of the DEEP FIELD stagerecording

> Adriana Hölszky bei Breitkopf & Härtel

> Ein ganz neuer Bühnenkosmos

> Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg

Further reading

Program Booklet b.20
World premiere
Adriana Hölszky &
Martin Schläpfer