BAUHAUS 1919\1933:
IL CANTIERE DELLA MODERNITÀ
Modernity in Progress

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Special programme to celebrate 100 years of cooperation 
Akademie der Künste Berlin and Bauhaus100Jahre
Organisation by Franco Laera - Change Performing Arts
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Bauhaus, an authentic laboratory of Modernity. In just over a decade, artists, musicians, thespians, designers and architects left an indelible mark on every form of 20th century art. The roots of many of today’s masters of performing artists derive from this fertile breeding ground.  

This programme celebrates and pays tribute – in cooperation with the Festival Bauhaus 100 and Berlin’s Arts Academy – to that extraordinarily creative season, annihilated by Nazism in 1933, proposing a very particular reconstruction of the most famous interdisciplinary experiments of those years for today’s generations. 

PROGRAM AND INFORMATION

OSKAR SCHLEMMER

TRIADIC BALLET

FIRST PERFORMANCE 1922
choreographic reconstruction by Gerhard Bohner, 1977
music by Hans-Joachim Hespos
costumes reconstruction by Ulrike Dietrich commissioned by the Akademie der Künste, 1977

NEW PRODUCTION 2014
artist direction Ivan Liška, Colleen Scott
production coordinated by Norbert Stück
lighting by Michael Kantrowitsch

a Bayerisches Junior Ballet Munich production
in cooperation with the Akademie der Künste Berlin
and the support of the Tanzfonds Erbe Project

On September 30th 1922, the première of the Triadic Ballet took  the stage in the Landestheater of Stuttgart. Oskar Schlemmer´s objective was to create a new form of dance starting out from the creation of costumes that limited the complete freedom of movement  and eliminated anything  that was decoration, leaving only that which was functional to the choreographic movements.
The structure of the ballet is based on the triad: three dancers, three sections composed of twelve dances and eighteen costumes. Three colors - red, blue and yellow - and three geometric shapes: the sphere, the cube and the pyramid.

Ivan Liška and Colleen Scott have been the soloists for 85 performances of the Triadic Ballet with Gerard Bohner’s reconstructed version. Twenty years after Gerhard Bohner’s death and seventy years after that of Oskar Schlemmer, Ivan Liska and Collen Scott are once again behind this new version of the legendary 1922 performance in occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus movement. 

The production uses the original music by Hans-Joachim Hespos with costumes reconstructed by the scenographer, Ulrike Dietrich with the artistry of Susanne Stehle based on original documents from the Akademie der Künste archive.

“We know from our experience with classical ballet – writes Gerard Bohner – that even with all the best intentions of recreating a precise and philological reproduction of the original, each new arrangement turns out completely different. This is certainly what happens with the Bauhaus dances”. This reconstruction does, however, allow us to admire this masterpiece without betraying its exuberant expressiveness and beauty that interpret the three themes of “cheerful burlesque”, “solemn ceremonial” and “mystical fantasy”. 
12 Luglio
21:30
Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
The ticket price includes "TRIADIC BALLET" and "PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION"

stalls I sector € 60,00
stalls II sector € 52,00
stalls box and I circle box central € 44,00
stalls box and I circle box lateral € 36,00
box II and III sector central € 36,00
box II and III sector lateral € 27,00   
gallery € 18,00
13 Luglio
21:30
Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
The ticket price includes "TRIADIC BALLET" and "PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION"

stalls I sector € 60,00
stalls II sector € 52,00
stalls box and I circle box central € 44,00
stalls box and I circle box lateral € 36,00
box II and III sector central € 36,00
box II and III sector lateral € 27,00   
gallery € 18,00
WASSILY KANDINSKY / MODEST MUSORGSKY

PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

WORLD PREMIERE 1928
reconstruction 1983 by Martin Rupprecht and Horst Birr 
reconstruction 2019 by Horst Birr  and Stefano Laudato
coproduced by Akademie der Künste and Universität der Künste Berlin 
organization by Change Performing Arts
in collaboration with Teatro Nuovo Giovanni, Udine
with the participation of Anà-thema Teatro and students from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan

Since 1907 Kandinsky created compositions for the stage in which he strived to bring to life the aesthetic intuitions that had been growing in him and that were expressed in his writings. 

In 1922 Kandinsky was invited to move to Weimar by Gropius. When the Bauhaus movement transferred to Dessau in 1925, Kandinsky continued to explore aspects of artistic creation and between the 4th and 11th April in 1928 the “Pictures at an Exhibition” project came into being in Dessau at the Friedrich-Theater. The pictorial image opens in an original way in the third dimension with little reference to the Bauhaus theatrical style. Only in the “Limoges Market” painting, the two dancers wear costumes that recall Schlemmer and there are even two silhouettes that emulate Malevic and Arcipenko.
 
“A stage with a proscenium arch or apron is used, based on the elements of a Baroque theatre with its passage ways and pulleys that move everything with ropes, even the light is a novelty. Here again Kandinsky manages to give these theatrical schemes a new look... he literally became the father of modern theatre, influencing authors from Kagel to Robert Wilson. This moment represents the birth of how images can be set free, emancipated, existing only with music, without human interference, or at the most, relying on man to set them in motion and manoeuver  the mechanics”. This was Martin Rupprecht’s comment in an interview in 1983 when he was about to reconstruct the show based on the notes made by Paul Klee’s son, Felix, who had worked for Kandinsky as an assistant. 
 
It is well-known that Mussorgsky created “Pictures at an Exhibition” after being deeply inspired by the works of the Russian painter, Viktor Hartmann, who died tragically at the young age of 39. The performance that Kandinsky created at Dessau’s Friedrich Theatre is a complex theatrical composition that highlights the interactions between landscapes, music, colours, light and geometric shapes inspired by those paintings, some of which have since gone missing. 
 
On 4th April 1928, the première at the Friedrich Theatre, Dessau was a resounding success. The production was rather complex as the scenery had to be moved continuously as did the lighting in accordance with Kandinsky’s precise instructions. A pianist provided the musical accompaniment. Unfortunately, the original scenery did not survive and all that remains are the sixteen watercolours by Kandinsky and the piano arrangement with instructions as to what should be placed on stage at various moments during the performance. 
12 Luglio
21:30
Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
The ticket price includes "TRIADIC BALLET" and "PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION"

stalls I sector € 60,00
stalls II sector € 52,00
stalls box and I circle box central € 44,00
stalls box and I circle box lateral € 36,00
box II and III sector central € 36,00
box II and III sector lateral € 27,00   
gallery € 18,00
13 Luglio
21:30
Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
The ticket price includes "TRIADIC BALLET" and "PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION"

stalls I sector € 60,00
stalls II sector € 52,00
stalls box and I circle box central € 44,00
stalls box and I circle box lateral € 36,00
box II and III sector central € 36,00
box II and III sector lateral € 27,00   
gallery € 18,00
OSKAR SCHLEMMER

TWO BAUHAUS DANCES

Two material dances: sticks dance and circles dance
Video projection, 2019

FIRST PERFORMANCE BAUHAUSBÜHNE DESSAU 1928 
original choreography by Gerhard Bohner, 1974
reconstruction and performance by Cesc Gelabert,  2019 
technical coordination by Norbert Stück
produced by bauhaus100 in collaboration with Akademie der Künste, Berlin
13 Luglio
11:00
Teatro Caio Melisso Spazio Carla Fendi
free entrance

THE ARTS REVOLUTION

Meeting and the participation of Horst Birr, Akademie der Künste of Berlin \ Achille Bonito Oliva, Università La Sapienza of Rome \ Roberto Favaro, Accademia di Brera of Milan \ Nele Hertling, Akademie der Künste of Berlio \ Ivan Liška \ Bayerisches Junior Ballet Munich \ Vincenzo Trione, Università IULM of Milan  \ Laura Valente, Museo Madre of Naples

13 Luglio
11:00
Teatro Caio Melisso Spazio Carla Fendi
free entrance

PICTURES