Aula in the Bauhaus Dessau
Kurt Weill Centre / Haus Feininger
The Weill siblings Hanns, Nathan, Kurt (in front), Ruth
Kurt Weill's birthplace
at Leipziger Straße 59.
In 1967 the house was torn down.
Johannbau, in the background you see the towers of the Marienkirche and the Town Hall
Kurt Weill Centre / House Feininger
The Old Synagogue of Dessau was destroyed in the Reichskristallnacht in November 1938.
The town Dessau-Rosslau is always worth a visit. Dessau-Roßlau and the surrounding area is a wonderful destination for lovers of culture and nature. The history of Dessau is connected with many great personalities. Kurt Weill, Wilhelm Müller and Moses Mendelssohn were born here. Enjoy the beauty of the country and the cultural wealth.
Accompanied by experts, you will stroll through the Meisterhäuser (Masters' Houses) of Gropius and Moholy-Nagy, gaining insights into the architectural conception behind the buildings' resurrection. Architect Bruno Fioretti Marquez's principle of "precise blurring" will be clearly illustrated during this exclusive guided tour.
Beginning with a visit to the Johannbau and the exhibition "Schauplatz vernünftiger Menschen", tour members will then be invited by the Jewish community to explore their culture and history. This stimulating overview of Jewish life and times in Dessau from the past to the present will conclude with a visit to the Jewish cemetery (heads must be covered).
Special guided tours
Contemporary music had a significant impact on the interdisciplinary work of Bauhaus. With its legendary "parties" in Weimar and Dessau as well as the house band Bauhauskapelle, Bauhaus was firmly in the musical avant-garde. Feininger composed fugues, Klee was an accomplished violinist and Kandinsky studied the music of Schönberg.
This workshop examines the diverse creative and interpretive possibilities of that fascinating genre: the chanson. Participants will work on two musically and textually contrasting German-language chansons selected from the world of 1920s cabaret up to chansons of the present day. At the end of the workshop the singers have the opportunity to perform their chansons in concert.
Further details and application
22 February 2015 to 22 March 2015
Franz Schubert's song cycles "Winterreise" and "Die schöne Müllerin", both based on the poetry of Wilhelm Müller, have captivated not only singers and musicians but also visual artists, many of whom have created illustrations to these musical masterpieces.
An Exhibition of the Anhaltische Landesbücherei Dessau in cooperation with the Kurt Weill Festival Dessau, the Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie,
the International Wilhelm Müller Society, the City Dessau-Roßlau and the Kultusministerium des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt.