Imaginative Power I – Festival congress on 26th and 27th November 2010

It epitomised the interdisciplinary and inspired artists, architects, dancers, musicians and performance artists equally: the Bauhaus stage. What came to pass in this theatre workshop between 1922 and 1929 is still undervalued today. On 26th and 27th November 2010 in Dessau, the "Imaginative power" festival aimed to investigate the historic practice and reception of the Bauhaus stage. A programme of lectures, film screenings and reading performances explored how the American avantgarde was influenced by the progressive stage work at the Bauhaus.

The concert installation "staging the bauhaus" provided a spectacular highlight for the Festival Congress "Imaginative power" under the artistic direction of Daniel Carlberg (concertmaster and conductor of the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau). "staging the bauhaus" was a coproduction of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau.

Aaron Coplands soundtrack accompanied the American documentary The city (1939) by Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke. Naive and farsighted at the same time the movie looks into the horrors of the modern industrialized city and envisions a more livable draft for the city of tomorrow.
CHARLES IVES: The unanswered question

"The unanswered question" is one of the most famous pieces of the American composer Charles Ives. It unfolds into several layers – as if it was made for the specific architecture of the Bauhaus stage, open to cantine, auditorium and foyer.
Arnold Schönberg: Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene op. 34
Arnold Schönberg's composition "Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene" op. 34 (1930) was musically and visually reinterpreted. This ca. nine-minute composition, which was originally intended as accompanying music to a film scene, was given credit as a "film scene" and developed into a concert installation visually designed by Glow ( Ronny Traufeller und Norman Wassmuth.

GEORGE ANTHEIL: ballet mécanique
One of the most radical compositions of the 1920ies, peak of George Antheil's dealing with futurism and machine music, made the Bauhaus tremble: four pianos, seven drums, two electrical bells and two airplane motors – a fascinating hymn in modernism.

The Festival congress "Imaginative power" was realised with kind support by Lotto-Toto Sachsen-Anhalt Gmbh.