Bauhaus Festival

Celebrate like Bauhauslers!

The Bauhaus’ parties were no less legendary than its pioneering architecture. The annual festivities served not only as means of community building in the sense of Gropius’ Manifesto, according to which the gatherings should encourage the “establishment of a cheerful ceremonial”; they simultaneously showcased the experimental, artistic work of the Bauhauslers to the outside world. Guests from Berlin through to Leipzig streamed to the Bauhaus Dessau for a single evening and were captivated by remarkable productions, costumes and performances.

The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation revived this tradition in 1997 and now invites guests to a major Bauhaus Festival once a year. With experimental installations, performances, readings and a wealth of live music by regional, national and international artists, the festival has long been a permanent fixture of cultural life in Dessau and attracts around 5,000 visitors every year from far beyond the city limits. The respective annual theme of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation provides a point of departure for the content of each festival.

Bauhaus Festival 2017
Colourful! Material Illusion.

  • Friday, 1 September 2017
    Saturday, 2 September 2017
    Bauhaus building

Between 1926 and 1929 Oskar Schlemmer creatively transferred the experiments with materials to the stage in dances exploring the relationship be- tween man, space and object. Xanti Schawinsky, who was not only one of the most experimental activists of the Bauhaus stage and manager of the Bauhaus band, but also involved all-round in the Bauhaus festivals, addressed the dances with materials once again in 1936 at Black Mountain College in the USA. With the work Play, Life, Illusion, which drew as a ‘lecture demonstration’ on the paper folding exercises of Josef Albers’ preliminary course, he added another highlight to the movements exploring the spatial effect of colour and forms: the dance with paper.

Be amazed by a Bauhaus festival where the productions and performances are wholly dedicated to the world of substances in all their colours and forms.

Credit: Kurt Schmidt, no title (Hippopotamas (Sh. 8)), Scene of a stage part designed in 1923/24 on the Mechanical Ballet, 1923 (draft); 1976 (photostat) / copyright not known

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