Geometrisches Ballett – Hommage à Oskar Schlemmer

Ursula Sax/Katja Erfurth (DE)

In memoriam Annette Jahns (1958 - 2020)


Click here for the interview with Ursula Sax in the HELLERAU magazine.

The new production of the Geometric Ballet by the Berlin artist Ursula Sax by the Dresden choreographer Katja Erfurth, shown as part of the Appia Festival 2019, will once again be presented in the Great Hall.

Characteristic of the concept “Geometric Ballet – Homage à Oskar Schlemmer” by sculptor Ursula Sax is the transgression of genres of sculpture, performance, dance, theater 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”. It was rediscovered in the Bauhaus anniversary year 2019. Together with musician Sascha Mock and lighting designer Ted Meier, choreographer Katja Erfurth reinterprets the work cycle with its special, textile forms, masks and body sculptures. In the process, impressive as well as unusual scenes between strict geometry, warm physicality and expressive movement are created.

+ audience discussion

Sun 18.07. Audience discussion afterwards with translation into German Sign Language (DGS), moderated by Isolde Matkey and André Schallenberg

+ workshops

max. 16 participants:inside

Fri 16.07. 16:00 – 17:30 Workshop body cardboards + light
Sun 18.07. 11:00 – 12:30 workshop body cardboards + music
Sun 18.07. 13:30 – 15:00 Workshop body cardboards + movement with interpretation in sign language

free entrance

+ lectures

Fri 16.07. 19:30 Anne & Lawrence Halprin: Dance & Architecture – Forms of collective creativity”.
Julia Bojaryn and Jana Schmück (DE) From Triadic Ballet to Bauhaus Dances and beyond
Sun 18.07. 16:00 Lecture Torsten Blume (DE)
Interpretation into sign language

Ursula Sax (*1935) herself is closely connected to the Bauhaus tradition through her education and her works. At over eighty years of age, she can look back on a broad body 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 boards – originally already donated to a museum – connect us to the Bauhaus history celebrated extensively in 2019, and in particular to 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 practically anymore.

The content of the work with the replicas of the objects focuses on the relationship between form and space as well as sculpture and movement. A special role is played by the music of Sascha Mock, 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 the music, the current Dresden staging team around choreographer Katja Erfurth is confronted with 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.