Characteristic of the concept “Geometric Ballet – Hommage à Oskar Schlemmer” by sculptor Ursula Sax is the transcendence of sculpture, performance, dance, theatre and music. The work was performed in 1992 on a rehearsal stage at the Theater Braunschweig with students and was dedicated to Oskar Schlemmer and his “Triadic Ballet”, the title of which can already be read. In the Bauhaus anniversary year of 2019, it will once again become the focus of the art world’s attention and interest.
Ursula Sax (*1935) herself is closely connected with the Bauhaus tradition through her education and her work. At over eighty years of age, she can look back on a broad range of works that are appreciated and collected by private individuals, gallery owners and museums. In a seductive way, the air dresses, body masks, and body cardboard – originally transferred to a museum – connect us with the extensively celebrated Bauhaus history of 2019 and in particular with the artistic and theatrical aspects of the Bauhaus. These aspects made up a large part of the practice at the Bauhaus, which, however, can hardly be experienced in practice.
The work with the replicas of the objects focuses on the relationship between form and space, as well as sculpture and movement. The music by Sascha Mock plays a special role in this process, which is created parallel to the scenic process of creation. In addition to the question of the movement of bodies in space and in relation to music, today’s Dresden production team, led by choreographer Katja Erfurth, is also dealing with very contemporary themes that reach into current social reality, such as body and mask, veiling and individuality, mass and individual, distance and closeness, as well as protection and permeability.
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