Programme 2017 | Supporting Programme | Artist-in-Residence | Venues
Bauhaus Dessau

Bauhaus Dessau

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.


Supporting Programme

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.

"The New Masters' Houses"
Sunday 1, 8 & 15 March 2015, 2.00 pm

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.
The tour will also include a discussion of the so-called "artefacts" by artist Olaf Nicolai found in the interior of the buildings.

Meeting point: Gropiushaus,
Duration: 1,5 h, Tickets: € 12,50
Please reserve your place under: 0049 (0)340 . 65 08 251

City tour
"Jewish culture in Dessau"
Sunday, 1 & 8 March 2015, 10.30 am

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).

Meeting point: Tourist Information Office, Zerbster Str. 2 c,
Duration: 3 h, Tickets: € 14,00
Please reserve your place under: 0049 (0)340 . 20 41 442

Special guided tours
"Music at Bauhaus"
Saturday, 28 February, 7 & 14 March 2015, 2.00 pm

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.
Also the stage designs of diverse Bauhaus masters reflect an intense preoccupation with music.

Meeting point: Bauhaus building, ticket office,
Duration: 1,5 h, Tickets: € 12,50
Please reserve your place under: 0049 (0)340 . 65 08 251

Vocal workshop
"Broadway" with James Holmes
For all up-and-coming singers out there, you have the chance to benefit from some unique vocal tuition when conductor, pianist and arranger James Holmes, our Artist-in-Residence from 2013, shares his knowledge and experience of classic American and Broadway songs. Workshop participants will encounter James Holmes off-stage, working with him on individually selected musical songs. James Holmes has conducted countless musicals by Kurt Weill and other Broadway greats. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music in New York and the Artistic Advisory Board of the Kurt Weill Festival.

"Schiffbauerdamm" with Anna Haentjens
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
under: tel. 0049 (0)340.61 95 95

"From Lied to Painting"
"Winterreise" and
"Die schöne Müllerin" in fine art

22 February 2015 to 22 March 2015
in the Orangery of Georgium Castle

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.
Befitting the festival motto "From Lied to Song", the Anhaltische Landsesbücherei (State Library) is exhibiting two series of graphical works by Hanfried Wendland, as well as other artist's books that take inspiration from Schubert's great song cycles, along with information on the poet Wilhelm Müller, born in Dessau.

Official exhibition opening:
Sunday, 22 February 2015, 11.00 am

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.

© Roßdeutscher & Bartel GbR, Leipzig, 2017