Arena Extended:
Pictures at an Exhibition
Jazz Version with Dancing Hands

Concert in live stream
Sat, 27 June 2020, 8 pm
Bauhaus Museum Dessau + online

The Leipzig pianist Stephan König and students of the Anhalt Dessau University of Music will make the piano cycle Pictures at an Exhibition, composed by Modest Mussorgsky in 1874, audible and visible in a new way. While König reinterprets Mussorgsky's compositions in a virtuoso and multi-faceted manner using the means of jazz, he will be accompanied by videos with dancing hands: International students of the Anhalt Dessau University of Applied Sciences developed these movement studies in the Open Stage Studio of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. Based on Oskar Schlemmer's exercises on the historical Bauhaus stage, they examine their hands as architectural elements. With their fingers they form rhythmic, moving spatial structures, which they finally abstract beyond recognition in shadow plays.

As a special scenographic-musical staging, this concert is a reminiscence of a legendary performance of Mussorgsky's piano cycle that took place in Dessau in 1928: On April 4, 1928, a scenic performance of Pictures at an Exhibition took place at the Friedrich-Theater in Dessau, which was equipped with a constructivist-moving stage composition by Wassily Kandinsky. For the Bauhaus master Kandinsky, this became the first and only theatre work realised during his lifetime.

The concert is produced for the live stream on the digital channels of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. You don't have to register if you want to follow the stream on vimeo, YouTube or Facebook.