Cyclus Perm

Cyclus Perm is a unique art project with its heart around the cooperation with 6 principal dancers from the Russian Ballet.
Together she and the dancers from the Perm Opera Ballet worked on a interpretation of 7 ancient Christian wood sculptures that represented 7 touch points form the story of salvation from the Holy Bible. Ingrid Bugge created a choreography for 7 touch point and worked with the dancers for several days photographing and filming.
Back in Denmark Ingrid Bugge created 7 small xray icons of symbolising the wood sculptures, 7 bigger still photographic works, using the colour schemes that depicts both the Christian colour symbolic and the Russian orthodox traditions for colour and 7 slowmotion video that unfolds the movement and spirit in the 7 choreographed dances made for this art project.
Having been crafted in Russia in association with Perm State Art Gallery and Perm Opera Ballet, Cyclus Perm proves that a great story and artwork can spring forth from both multicultural, cross- cultural and intercultural relations and understandings.
With the Perm wooden sculptures as the main motives in the form of Cyclus Perm, Ingrid Bugges reveals the sculptures inner dance – a subtle wordless language in the principal dancers bodies – revealing nuances and emotions otherwise invisible through the medium of her camera focusing on to seven selected sculptures and seven passages in The Holy Bible.
The Christian wooden sculptures from Perm State Art Gallery are brought to life through Ingrid Bugges work with the principal dancers from the Perm Opera Ballet.
You can buy the art on canvas in the Gallery or as a poster in the Postershop.


Protected by God’s Angels


Jesus 12 years


Jesus is Your Friend

Jesus looks into the Human Soul

My God, My God!

Sins of the World

It is Finished

The choir is a tool through which composer Igor Mashukov and artist Ingrid Bugge use to convey the direct quotes from the bible, as a form of storytelling mediating the harsh yet divine messages within the phrases interpreted by the dancers.

The human voice holds a simplicity and a physicality to it, which may bring the art piece closer to its viewer. The choice of vocals without words as direct descendents of the soul, a pure and uncontaminated bond to the divine – the voice as a message, as a tool within creation.

The symbolism runs, as a silver lining through Bugge´s work in Cyclus Perm. The seven photo collages derived from the interpretations of the dancers are color coordinated with the tradition of Russian icon making, as well as the prominent existence of colours in the bible.

The numbers three and seven, which recur in Cyclus Perm, are not coincidental as they convey the relation between the sculptures and the biblical phrases. They are powerful typological numbers, archetypally embedded in us as conveying some what of divinity. The three rooms are creating perfect symmetry, just as the divine trinity, housing the three series of seven pieces in each room. Seven, as a sign of wholeness and perfection, the seven days of creation or the seven heavens, foundation of the word of god.

A symmetry is created between the different elements of the installation. The simultaneous perception of photo collages accompanied by music and biblical quotes is shown in the main room, while video art pieces are played parallely and repetitively in the side rooms. This allows Cyclus Perm to constructs a sensory universe, engaging with all levels of body and mind: The dance in the video art, gives the viewer a language of physical emotion without words which touches the body. The photography creates the story and a detailed world, that is absorbed through our eyes and accompanied by music for our ears, using pure vocals that sinks into the soul.

“Cyclus perm is an attempt to actualize God´s presence through the stories, so that the modern spectator can feel them. Art is a method which makes people think. Think of life. Think of Spirit. Think in a new, unprecedented way.” – Ingrid Bugge