Each week our Arts.21 reporters scour Germany's cultural scene and present you with a selection of their best finds.
The Ballett am Rhein Company, Duisburg
Ballet choreographed to Mahler's seventh symphony. Dancer move their bodies in perfect tandem to the notes. The ensemble, from Duesseldorf and Duisburg, has been named company of the year for the third time in a row. Critics and audiences alike applaud Ballet on the Rhine for its exquisite compositions of human form.
And he is the man that brings it all together. Martin Schläpfer organized the ensemble six years ago. The Swiss choreographer is considered one of the greatest in the ballet world. And is known for his obsessive dedication to his work.
What makes his choreography so special? Schläpfer says its the fusion of thought and emotion. He strives to go beyond the norm. The Ballet am Rhine Company last performed at the Edinburgh International Festival. Where they entertained with classic grace.
VONNE ENDLICHKAIT, Steidl Verlag
Günter Grass passed away on April 13 - but had been working to the very end of his life on a final farewell book. Now, four months after his death, "Vonne Endlichkait" has been published.This final work by the Nobel Laureate incorporates prose accompanied by poetry and pencil drawings - his other great artistic passion. The sketches reflect the written content, addressing the issues of life and mortality, and physical decay. With a healthy dose of subtle humor. A candid and touching final work from a towering figure in German literary history.
BEETHOVENFEST Bonn, 4.9. - 4.10. 2015
2015 sees a new motto -- "Variations" -- and a new artistic director for the Beethoven festival in Bonn. Nike Wagner, great granddaughter of Richard, is now calling the tune. Her first festival will be giving a fresh impetus to classical works, with a lineup including cellist Sol Gabetta. The gala opening concert will be in the trusted hands of Daniel Barenboim with the Staatskapelle Berlin. Adding a new dimension to the festival will be percussion wizard Martin Grubinger. On the less furious front: contemporary choreography from Saburo Teshigawara. Not forgetting the perennially popular open-air concert. A major draw for tourists from around the world - as is Bonn's most famous son.