Raising a Voice with Theatre, Dance, Music and New Circus

Just recovering from the pandemic, we find ourselves in a brutal war scenario - in the middle of Europe. A violent attack against people, but also against a free society, pluralism and diversity. We want to raise our voices against this violence. In solidarity with the victims and in defence of the achievements of a free, plural and diverse society. These voices are what we have to say and they consist of many facets, of utopias, of dreams, of poetry and of concentrated beauty. With the power of these voices, we must formulate the counter-draft to violence, brutalisation and destruction.

Many voices form a choir. Our choir consists of dancers, singers, musicians and acrobats. They have all always been dedicated to freedom, life and art - with body and soul. This powerful choir can remind us who we are and what we love. And it will help us not to lose our empathy.

Australia's most successful circus companies CIRCA and Gravity And Other Myths take us into their visionary cosms with Sacre and Backbone and share their humanistic messages with us. In My Land, seven Ukrainian acrobats from the company Recirquel present touchingly beautiful circus theatre at the highest level. The fascinating autodidact Alfa Mist lets us dive deep into the London new jazz scene and accordionist Fixi celebrates the great Tony Allen and his Afrobeats together with trumpeter Nicolas Giraud in Tempo Tempo! James Thierrée, superstar of circus dance theatre, makes his festival debut with Mo's, a madcap collage of live music, acrobatics, dance and lots of poetry. Hofesh Shechter once again presents an outrageously gifted formation of young international talents. His piece Contemporary Dance 2.0 furiously and wittily questions contemporary dance. Mourad Merzouki's new work Zéphyr has hip-hop dancers breathtakingly dancing against the wind, and for the glorious finale Charly Hübner conjures up the spirits of Nick Cave and Franz Schubert in mercy seat - winterreise with the fabulous Ensemble Resonanz.

We look forward to seeing you!

Christiane Oxenfort, Andreas Dahmen and the entire Düsseldorf Festival team!