Ballett Dortmund "VERKLÄRTE NACHT"Lúcio Kalbusch, Alisa Uzunova Foto Leszek Januszewski

Ballett Dortmund: Schönberg’s TRANSFIGURED NIGHT as a dance film

Ballet Dortmund celebrates the world premiere on April 17th 2021

Marijn Rademaker, Foto Leszek Januszewski

In the midst of the corona pandemic, the Dutch dancer and choreographer Marijn Rademaker will make his choreographic debut at Ballet Dortmund on Saturday, April 17th 2021 at 7.30 p.m. with Arnold Schönberg’s TRANSFIGURED NIGHT. In cooperation with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra, the Academy for Theater and Digitality, the filmmaker Mathieu Gremillet and the costume designer Thomas Lempertz, a ballet film was created that will be premiered digitally at Rademaker consciously opted for a film version for his version of TRANSFIGURED NIGHT and designed his choreography accordingly. Thus TRANSFIGURED NIGHT is not a recording of a choreography originally created for the stage. The orchestra is part of the choreography and was consciously integrated into the action as an independent actor.

Foto Leszek Januszewski

TRANSFIGURED NIGHT, inspired by Richard Dehmel’s poem, is one of the most popular and most frequently performed works by the Viennese composer Arnold Schönberg. It inspired the choreographer Marijn Rademaker to create a haunting and gripping ballet that was produced as a film in collaboration with the Dortmund Academy for Theater and Digitality and the filmmaker Mathieu Gremillet.

The first part of the piece is played live by the sextet and focuses on the psychological mindset of the main characters. The sextet version of the music is more personal and detailed, which helps to better express the mixed feelings of the main characters, such as doubt, fear, anger, as well as the struggle of wanting to be honest and hopeful. The music in the second part goes from minor to major and will be played by the big string cast, which helps to represent the difference of feelings, in comparison to the first part. Here, the choreographer speaks of the greater good, different perspectives, acceptance and love which open up the world.

The world premiere of TRANSFIGURED NIGHT will take place on Saturday, April 17th 2021 at 7:30 p.m. free of charge at and can be accessed until 11:59 p.m. the following day.