The Summer Capital of Europe also meant that in Baden-Baden, people couldn’t avoid seeing each other. When kings and emperors lingered here for spa treatments in the nineteenth century, the hotels were filled to overflowing with diplomats. And so they necessarily came into conversation with one another. “The Congress dances,” as it was once said in Vienna. Or the "slippery diplomatic dance floor,” to quote another phrase we sometimes hear today. What if we were take these metaphors more seriously and invite everyone to dance where language has never yet ventured? Throughout his whole life, John Neumeier has opened up new realms of expression in ballet. In his last season as artistic director of the Hamburg Ballet, all these experiences have culminated in the choreography Dona Nobis Pacem, after Bach's Mass in B minor. Neumeier's Bach ballets are almost a genre of their own. Many unforgettable works have been performed in Baden-Baden. The latest creation will be seen alongside a completely different classic, Neumeier's ballet The Sleeping Beauty, in addition to other works away from the Festspielhaus stage: the whole city will be featured as a dance floor, giving expression to what is beyond words.