Kiss & Cry Compagnie Michèle Anne De Mey

A woman is waiting for a train alone on a snow-covered platform.  She thinks about all the people who have gone from her life. And those who are not there yet, who she dreams about, who she is waiting for and will never arrive…

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Machine de Cirque

The acrobats, musicians and clowns from the Canadian company Machine de Cirque take us with them on a surreal journey through time. The setting is a post-apocalyptic world.

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Liniker & Os Caramelows

Dress, lipstick and moustache: male or female? Liniker isn’t saying. The charismatic singer from São Paulo deliberately plays with roles and clichés – and in doing so turns the concept of a world divided into male and female completely on its head.

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Daara J Family – Faada Freddy & NDongo D

In 2015 Faada Freddy had the Theaterzelt boiling over, now he’s back with NDongo D – and together the duo from Senegal are going to make the tent shudder.

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Sing Joyfully – VOCES8

Byrd’s exhortation to make life’s joys audible by singing is one that VOCES8 achieve masterfully. With ‘Sing Joyfully’ the London vocal quartet that has sung its way to the top of the a capella world with their invigorating performances, polished programmes and remarkable sound takes us on a musical journey through a range of styles and periods.

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SHOW – Hofesh Shechter / Shechter II

For the first time in Düsseldorf a chance to see the work of the internationally renowned choreographer Hofesh Shechter. This piece created for Shechter II, his junior company of young dancers cast from more than 1,000 applicants worldwide, is called SHOW.

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Danser Casa – Kader Attou & Mourad Merzouki

They are an unbeatable combination: in their first collaboration for over 20 years Kader Attou, leading light of the French hip-hop scene and Mourad Merzouki, director of Compagnie Käfig, cast new light on the Moroccan dance scene.

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Diwan of Beauty and Odd – Dhafer Youssef

He is at home all over the world, as is his music. A childhood jazz fan, the singer and oud-player Dhafer Youssef was influenced just as much by Scandinavian musicians’ concepts of sound as by the sound worlds of India.

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Epifónima – Cirkus Cirkör

The circus numbers are breath-taking, the images seductive, the music excitingly different. Cirkus Cirkör, regular guests at the festival from Sweden, amazes and enchants audiences with its body artistry in a highly individual mix of acrobatics, magic, poetic visions and theatre.

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Jojo Mayer & Nerve

Jojo Mayer is a percussion star. And he is a pioneer. Coming from a jazz background, the New York-based musician became one of the first drummers in electronic dance music.

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Sutra – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Sadler’s Wells / Monks of the Shaolin Temple Henan

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is a star on the international dance scene – and a visionary with unconventional ideas. In an anniversary revival we are pleased this year to be able to present again his piece ‘Sutra’, inspired by the martial arts and body control of the Shaolin monks.

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