Ingrid Bugge has over the years engaged herself with the French sculptor Auguste Rodin many times. She has repeatedly interpreted Rodins sculptures, for instance with the involvement of dancers from the Royal Danish Ballet.
As an artist Ingrid experiences that an abundance of emotions, movements and narratives are condensed within the creations of Rodin – elements which makes it obvious to bring a dancer together with the sculpture and thereby arouse the dance in the stone.
With Ingrids visions as his starting point, the Danish producer Peter Kirk decides to stage the play ‘Rodin’ at Teater Asterions Hus in Copenhagen. Ingrid Bugge has evolved the play, created the scenography and is also playing a part herself.
The play is one of many initiatives towards reading the art of Auguste Rodin. Next step is the creation of an exhibition at Musée Rodin in Paris, that features these interpretations through dance and photography.
The theatrical performance ‘Rodin’ – 17th of November 2017 – 2th of December 2017
The expressive, sensuous and critically acclaimed dancing-/performance play ‘Rodin’ by producer Peter Kirk premiered at Teater Asterions Hus in correlation with the 100-year anniversary of the death of Auguste Rodin. An extract of the play was performed in connection with an event at Glyptoteket in Copenhagen, where you’ll find one of the worlds finest sculpture collections by Auguste Rodin outside of France – a collection that truly indicates his uniqueness.
Throughout the staging of ‘Rodin’ the audience is brought on a visual journey into his intimate and aesthetic universe of sculptures, which counts iconic characters such as ‘The Thinker’, ‘The Kiss’, ‘The Gates of Hell’ among others.
The play seeks to secure the artistic creational process, and the observer is shrouded in a sensuous space where bodies, movement, light and sound is the primary focal points.
‘Rodin’ takes place in an atelier/workshop. The strong and organic bodies of the female dancers Tilde Knudsen and Liv Mikaela Sanz interact and form both familiar but also new sculptures. Photographer Ingrid Bugge acts as the instructor and the beholder who orbits the dancers and observes the physical unfolding and exploration during the performance. Through her camera lens she evokes the erotic universe of Rodin in beautiful and powerful images, which are projected onto the back wall and the floor of Teater Asterions Hus.
Ingrid Bugges role can presumably be compared with Auguste Rodins observation of dancing models, who served as his artistic sources of inspiration. The audience is invited to reflect on this interrelation between subject and object, the observer and the observed. You can easily draw parallels to a modern context in which several of Rodins sculptures has a striking topicality.
Cyclus Copenhagen – Work in Progress –
Cyclus Copenhagen combines dance photography and the works of Auguste Rodin. People say that a sculpture is dance turned to stone. In no other sculptures is dance as present as in artist Auguste Rodin’s works. His stone, clay and bronze sculptures contain so many movements and emotions, which is what I try to portray via a number of dancers from The Royal Danish Ballet in the art project Cyclus Copenhagen. I enter Rodin’s universe and through my photographic collages capture the dance in the stone.
Rodin´s sculptures have almost become mythical figures: The Thinker, The Kiss, The Gates of Hell and Balzac. I create eight new pieces through the ballet dancers improvised interpretation, which reinterpret the movements of the sculpture and put them in a modern context. Cyclus Copenhagen takes the audience on a visual journey through Rodin’s universe. The new interpretation awakens the fascination for the sculptures and brings in a new perspective.