Dance Gala 2023

Grand dance gala and award ceremony

The German Dance Association invites you to a multi-faceted dance gala on Saturday, October 14 at 6 p.m. at the Aalto Theater in Essen. With a varied program, the diversity of dance will be celebrated and the German Dance Award 2023 will be presented. Guests include the Ballet of the Semperoper Dresden, the Tanztheater Wuppertal, the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin and the Folkwang Tanzstudio.

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The event is offered with audio description (AD) and translation into German Sign Language (DGS).



The Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin opens the dance gala with "Better, Faster, Stronger", choreographed by Giorgio Madia. The students of the 6th to 9th year dance full of energy to the music of Daft Punk.

The ballet of the Semperoper Dresden will enrich the evening with two duets. With "FAUN(E)", choreographer David Dawson developed an abstract, timeless and modern creation and explores questions of duality, sexuality and identity. "White Darkness" is Nacho Duato's choreographic reflection on the impact of drugs and their effect on human social behavior.

With "Sense of Wonder", choreographers Lisa Rykena and Carolin Jüngst create an expedition scenario and appeal to the willingness to wonder. An excerpt of the piece is shown as a video.

In "Wandering Mind", choreographed by Renate Graziadei, everything revolves around associations and moods that arise when thoughts wander. The Folkwang Tanzstudio will show a part of it - melancholic, absurd and mysterious.

The Tanztheater Wuppertal and its dancers will be guests with a collage of the works of Pina Bausch. Among other contributions, excerpts from "Vollmond" and "... como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si ..." will be performed.

Lutz Förster, one of the winners of the German Dance Award 2023, will dance a solo from "Nelken - Ein Stück von Pina Bausch".


Tickets for the dance gala are available by telephone directly from the Ticket-Center of the Aalto-Theater Essen: 0201 / 81 22 200
or via the Online-Shop at: Ticket Center of Theater Essen