The Bauhaus BalletOn July 30, 2017 by Yelena
In May 2017 I was lucky enough to attend a new interpretations of the Mechanical Ballet by Oscar Schlemmer performed
by Theater der Klange. This Dusseldorf ensemble created their first Bauhaus tribute 28 years ago.
With their new production the group expand on historical tribute of the famouse Triadic Ballet and came to ADAM design museum
of Brussels with a new remake.
V-Blog is featuring stunning visual experience of the original Triadic Ballet of 20s.
German artist Oskar Schlemmer was inspired by his experiences during the First World War.
He also was moved by Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. Schlemmer saw the XX century and age of modernism as mechanised geometric universe
and human body as a new artistic medium.The costume design of the so-called “figurines” was inspired by puppets and marionettes.
His Triadic Ballet ,first staged in 1922 in Stuttgart with music composed by Paul Hindemith. It featured 3 acts, 12 choreographies
and 18 costumes. The show became the most widely performed avant-garde dance of 20s.
Later the “figurines ” were shown at a 1930 expo at the Societe des Decoratifs in Paris, and in 1938 at the Museum of Modern Art’s
Bauhaus exhibition in NY.
Much later the costumes were exposed in V&A Museum in London.
Some of the original “figurines” of the ballet were preserved and can be seen at the Neue Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart, Germany.
The Triadic Ballet’s art alongside with mesmerising heritage of Fritz Lang 1927 film Metrolpolis became one of the most influencial
visual aesthetics of avant-garde and undoubtedly affected pop culture of the second part of XX Century.