triadische ballett


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 - Revisiting Ballet

Oskar Schlemmer had a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to art, being a sculptor, a painter and a designer as well. However, the genres that he is most remembered for are theater and ballet, which were brought to greater heights during his engagement at the school. He was both a choreographer and a costume designer, which helped both of these areas advance and expand their fields of research, loosen their boundaries and erase edges between arts as independent disciplines. Schlemmer’s most famous work is Triadisches Ballett, in which costumes gradually transform actors into geometrical shapes on stage. This work had announced a change in performing arts, which we were able to witness later on, and we see it today as well.

Oskar Schlemmer (German, 1888 – 1943)

The Triadic Ballet, yellow sequence, wide skirt (Das Triadische Ballett, Gelbe Reihe, Grosser Rock), 1922/1999

Paper-mâché and fiberglass painted with gouache, mounted on stainless steel wire fram, 190 × 90 cm

Oskar Schlemmer (German, 1888 – 1943)

The Triadic Ballet face mask with hand-balls (Das Triadische Ballett, Maske zur Figurine Kugelhände), 1922

Golden chewing paper, eyebrows, nose and lips painted with gouache
48 × 20 × 23 cm