The new production of the Geometric Ballet by the Berlin artist Ursula Sax, presented by the Dresden choreographer Katja Erfurth as part of the Appia Festival 2019, will again be shown in the Great Hall.
A characteristic of the concept “Geometric Ballet – Hommage à Oskar Schlemmer” by the sculptor Ursula Sax is the transgression of genres in sculpture, performance, dance, theatre and music. The work was performed in 1992 on a rehearsal stage at Braunschweig Theatre with students* and was dedicated to Oskar Schlemmer and his “Triadic Ballet”. It was rediscovered in the Bauhaus anniversary year 2019. Together with musician Sascha Mock and lighting designer Ted Meier, choreographer Katja Erfurth reinterprets the cycle of works with its special textile forms, masks and body sculptures. The result is both impressive and unusual scenes between strict geometry, warm physicality and expressive movement.
Ursula Sax (*1935) herself is closely connected to the Bauhaus tradition through her training and her works. At over eighty years of age, she can look back on a broad range of work that is appreciated and collected by private individuals, gallery owners and museums. In a seductive way, the air dresses, body masks and body cardboard – originally already transferred to a museum – connect us with the Bauhaus history, which will be extensively celebrated in 2019, and especially with the artistic and theatrical aspects of the Bauhaus. These made up a large part of the practice at the Bauhaus, which, however, can hardly be experienced in practice.
The focus of the work with the replicas of the objects is the relationship between form and space as well as sculpture and movement. The music of Sascha Mock plays a special role in this, which is created parallel to the scenic creation process. In addition to the question of the movement of bodies in space and in relation to the music, the current Dresden production team around the choreographer Katja Erfurth has developed very contemporary themes that reach into current social reality, such as body and mask, veiling and individuality, mass and individual, distance and proximity as well as protection and permeability.
Fri 18.12. 18:00
Anne & Lawrence Halprin: “Dance & Architecture – Forms of Collective Creativity
Julia Bojaryn and Jana Schmück (DE)
Sat 19.12. 18:00
From Triadic Ballet to Bauhaus Dances and beyond
Lecture Torsten Blume (DE)
Simultaneous translation in sign language
Limited number of seats.
The event will take place in compliance with the necessary hygiene measures in the context of COVID-19 regulations.
Reservations are not possible – only online or direct purchase at the advance booking offices and in the visitor centre. Remaining tickets are available at the box office.
Choreography: Katja Erfurth Composition and live music: Sascha Mock
Vocal recordings: Annette Jahns
Dramaturgy: Isolde Matkey Lighting design and technical direction: Ted Meier Costume assistance: Maria Schorr Collaboration Production: Nicole Meier
Graphics and poster: schech.net photos: André Wirsig
overall management and production: tristan Production | Management | Event
In co-production with HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts
Initiated by Semjon H.N. Semjon, Semjon Contemporary
Supported by the Saxon State Ministry for Regional Development and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony as well as the State Capital Dresden, Office for Culture and Monument Protection. This measure is co-financed by tax revenues on the basis of the budget adopted by the members of the Saxon State Parliament.