Reformationssymphonie Martin Schläpfer
The bodies are tensed as hard as steel, pointe shoes are rammed into the floor in dangerously aggressive fashion or the ground is kicked in a wild, earthy manner. But the world of this dance piece based on Mendelsohn’s 5th Symphony also knows the airy heights: in the women’s high legs, the men’s leaps defying all gravity, the vulnerable longing, fragility and enchantingly beautiful weightlessness of many passages. Martin Schläpfer’s ‘Reformationssymphonie’ is more than just a ballet. It is a penetrating question about dance itself, about movement – and what lies behind this. At its centre stands a person in doubt, tossed back and forth between trying to assert himself and feelings of helplessness, struggling for love and insight. “A great achievement,” was Jochen Schmidt’s verdict in Die Welt on the world premiere of this choreography that can now be seen again at the Ballett am Rhein for the first time since 2012.
MUSIC Symphony No. 5 in D minor op. 107 ("Reformations-Symphonie") by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy