11 – 15 September 2019
Bauhaus Museum Dessau

March 1929 on the stage of Volksbühne Berlin: Wearing a metal mask, a silvery shining suit and metal balls at her hands, the dancer Karla Grosch moved between two bent, polished metal plates. However, she did not dance in this “Dance in Metal”. She rather modelled reflections, light and shadow effects. The “Bauhaus Dances” were experimental arrangements. In the Bauhaus stage workshop, the students should not become theatre makers, actors or dancers but strengthen their sensibility in the handling of material and space by motion exercises. Contemporary physical exercises for designers are shown in the Festival Stage Total.

The Festival:

The Bauhäusler claimed to think theatre “in total” to translate the speed and complexity of modern life in new innovative stage events. The boundaries between audience and actors should be dissolved, and new design media incorporated, e.g. light, film and mechanical appliances. One hundred years after the foundation of the Bauhaus, the Festival Stage Total invites to Dessau for 100 hours to jointly plunge in the experimental arrangement Bauhaus Stage.

International performers, choreographs and artists, but also architects and designers, make suggestions by installations and stagings and in performances and workshops. The visitors decide themselves which role, which distance, which depth of experience they want to obtain: By their autonomous movements through time and space, they directly define their own course of the festival. 

In addition to the Open Stage in the foyer of the Bauhaus Museum, showing performances throughout the complete 100 hours, each of the festival venues emphasizes its specific features. In the Bauhaus Building, in the Masters‘ Houses and in the Anhaltisches Theater, the visitors will experience a festival of motion, space and experiments with pinnacle formats, great performances and many amusements.

Without stop, the motion space of artists and audience is continuously expanding during the 100 hours. In Nacht@Bauhaus, local surprise guests will perform between the days of the festival, accompanying the overnight guests in the sleep lab in the Bauhaus while falling asleep – or keeping them awake – by music, readings, performances as well as light and audio installations.  

H i g h l i g h t s

11 September 2019
Bauhaus Museum Dessau: "possibly endless", dance performance, choreographed by students of the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz and the TU Dresden; virtual reality installation "Das totale Tanztheater" by Filmtank Berlin with a choreography by Richard Siegal; geometric ballet (Hommage à Oskar Schlemmer) by Ursula Sax; Bauhaus Building: "Bunt ist meine Lieblingsfarbe – eine Bauhausrevue", produced by Liborius-Gymnasium and Gymnasium Philanthropinum

12 September 2019
Masters’ Houses: Nico and the Navigators, „Der Verrat der Bilder” (The Betrayal of Images); Bauhaus Stage and Bauhaus Museum Dessau: "spotlights", “Graphic, Plastic, Cosmic – Pantomime in Glass” and “Play Life Illusion”, Bauhaus Open Stage projects of the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts, the Kuwasawa Design School Tokyo and the University of the Arts London; "Fractals + Futura": Dance performance by Jan Bartoszek and her company Hedwig Dance with prologue by teachers and students of the Ilnstitute of Design (ID) at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Chicago.

13 September 2019
Anhaltisches Theater: World premiere of Wassily Kandinsky's color opera "Violett" in a production by Arila Siegert; Bauhaus Museum Dessau: "Xiang Peng – Figural Space Cabinet" and "Signatures", Bauhaus Open Stage projects of the China Academy of Art Hangzhou and the Hochschule Hannover, Fak.III, Design und Medien; Bauhaus building: Preview Bauhausfest 

14 September 2019
Bauhaus Museum Dessau: „Abgelegen oder das Sternenheim“, Bauhaus Open Stage project of the Anhalt Dessau University of Applied Sciences; Bauhaus Building: Bauhaus festival with numerous visual, musical and artistic highlights, including the Anu Theatre, Atemzug e.V. and artistic interventions by Philipp Geist

15 September 2019
Bauhaus Building: Finales come-together; Anhaltisches Theater: second performance of Wassily Kandinsky's color opera "Violett" in a production by Arila Siegert; Master's Houses: Nico and the Navigators, "Der Verrat der Bilder"

The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation is a non-profit foundation ­under public law. It is institutionally funded by the German­ ­Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the State of Saxony-Anhalt, and the City of Dessau-Roßlau. The Festival Stage Total is generously funded by:

Land Sachsen-Anhalt        


  Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung      Sparkasse Dessau       altro/debolon


 ABB / Busch-Jaeger Elektro GmbH            Busch Jaeger          enviral


Dessau Center            Autohaus Heise in Dessau         ConAct


D o n a t o r s

café-bistro im Bauhaus
Designshop im Bauhaus
Heima Menü
Karl-Heinz Heise Stiftung
MCS Sachsen-Anhalt
Karl-Heinz Heise Stiftung
Dormero Hotel
DVV – Stadtwerke Dessau
Hotel 7 Säulen

P a r t n e r s

Anhaltisches Theater Dessau
Arte Deutschland
Atemzug e.V.
BAG Spiel & Theater
Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Hellerau
Interactive Media Foundation
Hedwig Dances
Landesmusikrat Sachsen-Anhalt
Museum August Kestner Hannover
Musikschule Kurt Weill
Nico and the Navigators
Stadt Dessau Roßlau
Theater ANU
tristan Production | Management | Event Dresden
Werkleitz Gesellschaft e.V.

P a r t n e r    u n i v e r s i t i e s

Bauhausuniversität Weimar, Bauformenlehre
Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London
China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
China Design Museum, Hangzhou
Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork Institute of Technology
Codart Rotterdam
DIE ETAGE – Schule für darstellende und Bildende Künste e.V.
DOCH School of Dance and Circus, Stockholm University of the Arts
Hedwig Dancers
Hochschule Anhalt
Hochschule Hannover
Hochschule für Gestaltung und Buchkunst Leipzig
Hochschule für Schauspielkunst „Ernst Busch“
Humboldt-Universität Berlin
Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology
Kuwasawa Design School
Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden
Technische Universität Dresden
weißensee kunsthochschule  Berlin

P a r t n e  r    S c h o o l s  
of the Bauhaus Agenten Programme

Grundschule Ziebigk
Evangelische Grundschule
Grundschule am Luisium
Sekundarschule Kreuzberge
Gymnasium Philanthropinum

funded by:

Kulturstiftung des Bundes