Violet

September 2019

In this anniversary year, the experimental power of the Bauhaus in Dessau is proving to be alive and well, with a very special project. On the monumental stage of the Anhalt Theatre, a special stage has been erected which makes it possible to involve the audience directly in the dramatic action, just as Walter Gropius intended with his Totaltheater concept. Wassily Kandinsky’s posthumously published stage work, Violett, was begun before World War One; he continued to work on it during his time in Dessau, but it was never performed during his lifetime. The premiere of this work in a theatre sums up all the momentous ideas conceived by the Bauhaus in a single performance and calls on the spectators to perceive theatre with all their senses.

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