Dance Against Terrorism – Herrumbre at Staatsballett Berlin


photos: Yan Revazov

Can contemporary ballet express a clear political message? How to express clear opinions of the status quo with such an abstract art form as dance? It might be a crazy challenge, but I am very glad that the new director of the Staatsballet Berlin Nacho Duato is once again going on a creative journey with the dance company to create impact on society and culture with his new piece “Herrumbre”. With it, he tries to elaborate on his own experience of the 2004 terrorist attacks in Madrid. Nacho Duato lived only a few hundred meters away from one of the four bombing locations. 2004 was also the year in which photos of tortured prisoners from the US prison camp Guantanamo went around the world.

Under these impressions, Duato decided to create a new work based on his experience with terror. In his choreography he wants to show the pain caused by terrorism and the brutality of war. With disturbing images of brutal humiliation, he wants to make us explore the darkness of our times. At the same time, he also wants his production to be a call for the respect of human dignity. After the jump we show you intimate images of the rehearsals. We are also giving away tickets for the upcoming shows.


Friday, February 26 + Sunday, February 28, 2016

Staatsoper am Schillertheater
Bismarckstr. 110
10625 Berlin

We are giving away 1×2 tickets for the show on February 28, 2016. Leave a comment below until Thursday to have a chance to win. Use a valid email in the form. Good luck!

Claudio by Claudio
on February 22nd, 2016
updated on March 1st, 2016
in Art, Theater

19 Responses to “Dance Against Terrorism – Herrumbre at Staatsballett Berlin”

  1. Tina Says:

    Very inspiring idea behind the piece, been a fan of Duato’s work for quite some time now. That guy is just a talent!
    Would love to win some tickets for Sunday!

  2. Gosia Says:

    I would love to see the show!

  3. laralalara Says:

    it already looks so impressive with its story and with the photographs! would love to see live! ^^

  4. Alina H. Says:

    I would love to go to the ballet again!

  5. mariona Says:

    Ooooh I would love to see this!!! Crossing my fingers and toes! :D

  6. Sontje Says:

    Das Stück klingt sehr interessant und das Staastballett hat mich bis jetzt immer begeistert!

  7. Marine Says:

    This looks inspiring ! Would love to go and see it :)

  8. Kasia Says:

    As a big fun of dance and the concept of tanztheater I would love to see the this sophisticated performance on the stage,. The idea behind the choreography is stunning and I would love to see them during the live show.

  9. Barbara Says:

    Nacho duato’s works is impresive. I never had the chance to see it live. I was in Madrid in 2004, I imagine this piece very touching. I would love to see it.

  10. Maria Bikou Says:

    Very interesting. Art will always be out gateaway.
    Would love to see it! :)

  11. Marie Says:

    I would lovelovelove to see the show!

  12. Yann Says:

    It looks wonderful! I would love to see the show :)

  13. Judith Says:

    Kunst als Anti-Terror Medium!

  14. Isa Says:

    Die Fotos sahen schon großartig aus…ich würde sehr gerne hingehen!

  15. lola Says:

    It’s sounds like stirring expressions! I would love to explore!

  16. Eva Says:

    Amazing! Expressing the experience of terror and violence, brutality and angst through the classic form of ballet, wow.

  17. Anja de la Peña Says:

    Beautiful. Life is a dance. With its ups and downs. Fasts and slows.

  18. Jens-Christian Ravn Says:

    I’m just entering the world of “solo-dances” after a decade of dancing Tango. I would love to see this piece.

  19. Keith Says:

    Dance against terrorism!

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