avant garde artistic dance


Triadisches Ballett (Triadic Ballet) is a ballet developed by Oskar Schlemmer. It premiered in Stuttgart, on 30 September 1922, with music composed by Paul Hindemith and with the performers Elsa Hotzel and Albert Burger. The ballet became the most widely performed avant-garde artistic dance and while Schlemmer was at the Bauhaus from 1921 to 1929, the ballet toured, helping to spread the ethos of the Bauhaus”- Wikipedia Link

Filmed version of this ballet (30 minutes) is available for viewing here.

Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet

In 1922 Oskar Schlemmer, famed Bauhaus artist and choreographer, premiered the Triadic Ballet, an avant-garde dance performance that toured Europe in the 1920s. Inspired by his own experience in the First World War, Schlemmer constructed the performance around the idea that the human body could be a new artistic medium. These costumes, designed by Schlemmer, had the effect of restricting the body, and thus helping to determine the ballet’s choreography. By limiting the participants’ freedom of movement due to the weight of the materials they are made from, their forms, and the masks worn, Schlemmer’s dancers are architectural structures forced to move as comic actors; dancing both playfully and clumsily across the stage.


Trailer for the film Invitation to Dance. Here’s the trailer with audio description of the visual elements.

“A wheelchair-riding social activist takes us out dancing with the avant-garde of disabled artists and radical thinkers - unstoppable in their quest for “equality, justice, and a place on the dance floor!””