Each week our Arts.21 reporters scour Germany's cultural scene and present you with a selection of their best finds.
Tristan & Isolde, Choreografie: David Dawson, Semperoper Dresden
Purest passion: Tristan and Isolde, a love story whose roots go back to a medieval Celtic tale - presented as a ballet for the first time. The material could almost have been tailor-made for British choreographer David Dawson. He's a great romantic, and his heart has long belonged to the Dresden ballet company. An unhappy love triangle, told freshly and originally, as poetic as it is elegant. The music is by Polish composer Szymon Brzóska. The romance of Tristan and Isolde ends tragically. But for the ballet company of Dresden's Semper Opera House, the collaboration with David Dawson on this new choreographic work has certainly had a happy ending.
Liu Xia, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
Her pictures are oppressive, surreal presentations. Silent screams for freedom. An exhibition in Berlin is showing photographs by the Chinese artist and poet Liu Xia. She's been under strict house arrest since 2010. Her crime: she's the wife of mprisoned dissident and Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo. She's rarely allowed to visit her husband in prison. She herself lives in isolation, and suffers from depression. Liu Xia calls her unnerving doll photos "Ugly Babies". Many of them were taken during the time before her house arrest. Nowadays her work can only leave China secretly. A silent scream for freedom that speaks for an entire generation of Chinese artists.
Rosemarie Trockel, Kunsthaus Bregenz
Rosemarie Trockels pictures run counter to our expectations. This is the last encounter with the world famous artist for quite awhile. She's planning to take a break for several years. Machine-knitted wool on canvas - her contribution to the history of painting. Rosemarie Trockel uses absurdity to defeat our expectations.