In front of, on or behind the stage: Junge Oper, UFO and Tanz mit! invite young people with school and extracurricular projects to help shape the fascinating world of musical theatre and dance through creative experience and their own forms of expression.

Junge Oper am Rhein

„Nils Karlsson Däumling“
The Deutsche Oper am Rhein’s Junge Oper offers a wide-ranging programme for children, young people, young adults and families. Its stage programme consists of the large-scale children’s operas that are presented on both stages in Duisburg and Düsseldorf as well as smaller foyer productions such as ‘Die Zauberflöte für Kinder’ and mobile productions for nurseries such as ‘Nils Karlsson Däumling’ or for primary schools such as ‘Kreative Pause’. An additional focus of the Junge Oper’s work is music theatre and dance projects for different age groups and comprehensive educational provision around the opera productions in the repertoire.
In the 2013/14 season the Deutsche Oper am Rhein launched a co-operation with Oper Dortmund and Theater Bonn entitled ‘Junge Opern Rhein-Ruhr’. This project was unique in Germany and its aim was to fire the enthusiasm of children and young people for lively music theatre with works that were composed and staged especially for them. New commissioned compositions have been written each year, with the result that so far there have been seven productions that have each been performed in all four cities.
„Die Schneekönigin“
A significant element of the Junge Oper’s work is in educating and informing young audiences about the operas for children, and also the operas in the broader repertoire. This is done through morning workshops in nurseries, primary and secondary schools and by providing educational material. For nurseries, the Junge Oper offers ‘Oper und Spiele’. This gives nursery-age children the opportunity to familiarise themselves with opera as an art form in a familiar environment over several sessions using an age-appropriate, play-based approach.

„Otello Today“
In addition to the education work in the mornings in schools and nurseries, there is a comprehensive programme of participatory projects outside school hours that opens up the possibility for young people to express themselves and experiment artistically irrespective of their background. With this, the Junge Oper reaches people between the ages of 5 and 30. Its most comprehensive form is ‘Opernmacher 2.0’: here young people compose and stage their own opera on an overall theme with professional guidance and this is performed by professional singers and musicians.

UFO – Junge Oper Urban

Opera in a UFO? That sounds galactic, exciting and also a bit crazy? Yes!

The UFO has landed. After a year of planning and months in which space technicians, locksmiths, sound and lighting technicians screwed, laid cables, drilled and hammered, there it is, gleaming: a silver extraterrestrial structure - something between a castle with five battlements and an international space station.
Music theatre for children rethought, close and excitingly told - all this and much more can be seen in the mobile venue of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, conceived and designed by the architectural firm raumlabor berlin. The UFO presents world premieres for young audiences, in which unusual musical and thematic approaches meet exciting realisations on the pulse of time. It is a real eye-catcher, a research station and a musical sound laboratory. But not only that. The UFO wants to be a meeting place for everyone, to cooperate with local actors, to really belong and to forge long-term ties, for example with the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences and the Fliedner University of Applied Sciences.
The UFO has been on the road for a year now and this season it has four stops in Duisburg and Düsseldorf ahead of it as the venue for four world premieres: Duisburg-Ruhrort, Düsseldorf-Oberbilk, the Duisburg Inner Harbour and on the Düsseldorf Rhine bank in Golzheim it will be making a stop. On its journey, the UFO has also established new formats, such as the participatory project "Easier danced than said" in collaboration with Tanz mit!, the mediation department of the Ballett am Rhein, or the recurring opening festival, with which the UFO introduces itself to its new neighbours. Always on the lookout for curious participants, with workshops from the Junge Oper in tow and a great desire to experiment.

„Die unbedingten Dinge“
The UFO is once again searching musically and theatrically for answers to important themes and questions: about friendship, for example, and about knowing what is right and what is wrong, and about everything that children believe absolutely belongs on the UFO stage.

UFO to Earth: We are coming!

The project is organised by Michaela Dicu, who develops and implements ideas for the UFO - Junge Oper Urban together with Alicia Nsukami, the dramaturgy and the Junge Oper am Rhein. Christian von der Heide completes the core team at Deutsche Oper am Rhein as event technician. Jan Liesegang, Olof Duus and Lukas Hamilcaro from the architectural office raumlabor berlin are responsible for the conception and construction of the sound laboratory.

Tanz mit!

One thing is certain: we are all dancers! Every culture in the world has evolved its own way of dancing and passed this on as an intangible legacy over centuries. But which dance form are we personally closest to – ballet or breakdance, plié or paso doble? When do we get up on our feet? At a wedding, under the shower, sweating to an electronic beat? In public or only in the privacy of our own home? Up close with someone we love, with our hearts beating in time? Perhaps even as an expression of grief, like people in New Orleans? Or simply for joy? Or breaking out of step…

At the Ballett am Rhein dancing is our passion and we have one big request: dance with us – Tanz mit!
In the new dance outreach department initiated by Ballet Director Demis Volpi ‘Tanz mit!’ we want to encourage dance in all its forms. Our objectives are to make even more people excited about ballet and also to expand provision within the Ballett am Rhein.
Dance is an important ingredient in the life of all human beings – an outlet for emotion, an image of cultural history and not least a form of communication that easily slips beyond the limits of the spoken word. Dance is language, it is self-expression and life. That is why we care so much about reflecting this universality in our programme. There really should be something for everybody here. Our programme ranges from projects that accompany our season or present insights into the everyday life of the company, though platform discussions and conversations with audiences, to initiatives that take dance to places and to people who would otherwise find it difficult or impossible to engage with it.

„Leichter getanzt als gesagt“
When we move, we do it together. This is why our ideas for ‘Tanz mit!’ can only progress in collaboration with our audience.

We swarm outwards in our dance mission – we might even be waiting on the next street corner. We are eager to infect as many people as possible with our passion for dance.