Rita McBride's Arena as Open Stage
in the Bauhaus Museum Dessau

The Open Stage on the ground floor of the museum in the centre of Dessau enables the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation to engage culturally and artistically in and with the city of Dessau-Roßlau with a fresh approach to a range of event formats, and to communicate the legacy of the Bauhaus to a diverse audience. The museum’s central location, for instance, is enabling new provisions to be designed not only for a wide cultural audience who are interested in the Bauhaus, but also for the people of Dessau, who may be less aware of what the Bauhaus has to offer culturally in their city.

Programmatically speaking, the Open Stage corresponds with the exhibition of Dessau’s Bauhaus Collection on the upper floor, which showcases the Bauhaus as an experimental, pioneering school, workshop and locus of experimentation. The objective is to bring to life as aim and inspiration the underlying tension between the utopian idea and day-to-day life which the historic Bauhaus addressed through art and design. It did so in the context of international avant-garde networks striving for a socially just industrialised society.

The Open Stage will therefore provide spaces for the development of interactive installations, talks, film presentations, discussions, dance, theatre and performance projects. These will endeavour to convey to the museum’s visitors and the people of Dessau how the Bauhaus – perceived as a position of questioning, open-minded learning and experimentation – remains a source of diverse artistic stimuli and design inspirations, not only for professionals. Ultimately, all visitors to the Bauhaus Museum Dessau should find diverse gateways to the Bauhaus Dessau through the programme of the Open Stage, which encourages and invites people to actively engage with the history, ideas, designs and, last but not least, the creative methods of investigative learning of this avant-garde workshop-school.


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Opening Ceremony of the Bauhaus Museum Dessau
3 pm – 12 am 

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Festival Centre
During the Bauhaus Festival Stage Total the Open Stage will serve as a festival centre, featuring installations, performances and lecture demonstrations from the international programme Bauhaus Open Stage (China Academy of Art; University of the Arts London; University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hanover; Bauhaus Universität Weimar; Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Dessau and more), a performance of the Geometrisches Ballett by Ursula Sax (in cooperation with Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden), workshops and presentations from the Bauhaus Agents programme, and a daily Bauhaus-Gymnastik-­Fotostudio, music and dance in the event spaces.

Rita McBride‘s Arena will become a “performance academy” for the duration of the festival, featuring daily discussions and lectures with the festival’s producers, and introductions to and  public discussions of the performances.