Das Lackballett (The lacquer ballet)
Theater der Klänge, Düsseldorf (Germany)
Wednesday, 06. November 2019 // 7.30 – 8.45 p.m.
Thursday, 07. November 2019 // 7.30 – 8.45 p.m.
Theater der Jungen Welt / Big stage
Oskar Schlemmer (1888-1943), painter, sculptor and stage designer, was one of the most important artists at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau. He was blacklisted from 1933 onwards. The chemist and entrepreneur Kurt Herberts let him and other artists who had been labelled »degenerate« work in secret at his lacquer laboratory in Herberts’ paint factory in Wuppertal. This is also where »Das Lackballett« (»The lacquer ballet«) was created and only performed once, on 06.12.1941 – the 75th company anniversary. After 77 years of silence, the Dusseldorf Theater der Klänge revived the hidden treasure on the occasion of the Bauhaus centenary. The six figurines that had been passed down were newly interpreted.
J. U. Lensing, born in Dusseldorf in 1960, is a composer as well as theatre and film director. He studied composition at the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen from 1981-87 and was a master student with Mauricio Kagel at the Hochschule für Musik Cologne in 1987. In the same year, he founded the Theater der Klänge in Dusseldorf as an independent music and dance company, which he has been directing up until the present day. J. U. Lensing has been a professor for sound design at the Fachhochschule Dortmund since 1996.
euro-scene Leipzig showed »Das Triadische Ballett« (»The triadic ballet«, 1922) based on Oskar Schlemmer in a choreography by Gerhard Bohner with the Bayerisches Juniorballett München in 2017.
From 12 years
€ 24,00 (red. € 19,00)
Introduction before both performances: J. U. Lensing, Artistic Director Theater der Klänge, Dusseldorf
Before and after the performances there is a small exhibition with lacquer paintings (copies) by Oskar Schlemmer.
World première: 06.12.1941, Concordiasaal, Farbwerke Herberts, Wuppertal
Première of the new version: 02.01.2019, FFT Juta, Dusseldorf
Production: Theater der Klänge, Dusseldorf
Concept and costumes: Oskar Schlemmer (1941)
Staging and music: J. U. Lensing
Choreography: Jacqueline Fischer
Costume reconstruction: Caterina Di Fiore
Sculptures of figures: Christian Forsen
Video: Yoann Trellu
Musicsoftware: Thomas Neuhaus
Light design: Markus Schramma
Dancers: Miriam Gronau, Tuan Li, Francesca Perrucci, Phaedra Pisimisi, Cheng-Cheng Hu, Javier Ojeda Hernandez
29th Festival Year