Ingrid Bugge has over the years engaged herself with the French sculptor Auguste Rodin many times. Ingrid Bugge has repeatedly interpreted Rodins sculptures, for instance with the involvement of dancers from the Royal Danish Ballet.

As an artist Ingrid Bugge experiences an abundance of emotions, movements and narratives within the creations of Rodin. These elements make it obvious to bring a dancer together with the sculpture and thereby arouse the dance in the stone.

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. In fact that is what I seek to portray through dancers from The Royal Danish Ballet in 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. Ingrid Bugge creates eight new pieces through the ballet dancers improvised interpretation. In particular, the pieces 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.

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With her vision as starting point, the Danish producer Peter Kirk decides to stage the play ‘Rodin’ at Teater Asterions Hus in Copenhagen. She 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. I want to illustrate these interpretations through dance and photography.

The theatrical performance ‘Rodin’ – 17th of November 2017 – 2th of December 2017

The dancing/performance play ‘Rodin’ is an expressive, and acclaimed play by Peter Kirk. It premiered at Teater Asterions Hus in Copenhagen. Moreover, it was in correlation with the 100-year anniversary of the death of Auguste Rodin. Actors performed an extract of the play in connection with an event at Glyptoteket in Copenhagen. Furthermore, you will find one of the world’s finest sculpture collections by Rodin which also exist in France. A collection that truly indicates his uniqueness.

The staging of ‘Rodin’ takes the audience on a visual journey into his intimate and aesthetic universe of sculptures. Additionally, it includes iconic characters such as  ‘The Thinker’, ‘The Kiss’, ‘The Gates of Hell’ among others.

The play seeks to secure the artistic process. A sensuous space shrouds ‘The observer’ where bodies, movement, light and sound are the primary focal points.

The roles and the play 

‘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. The machine projects the images onto the back wall and the floor in Teater Asterions Hus.

Auguste Rodins observation of dancing models can compares with Bugges role. For instance, it served as his artistic sources of inspiration.

Finally, the play invites the audience to reflect on this relation 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.