triadisches ballet


  • [4] He saw ballet and pantomime as free from the historical baggage of theatre and opera and thus able to present his ideas of choreographed geometry, man as dancer, transformed
    by costume, moving in space.

  • Related works Oskar Schlemmer made many similar performance pieces, including his “Figural Cabinet” (1923), described as a ‘mechanical cabaret’; the Bauhaus “Fun Department”
    parties and festivals; Gesture dance, Hoop dance, Rod dance, Metal and Glass dances, and the futuristic “Men in Space.”

  • [2][3] Synopsis Inspired in part by Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and his observations and experiences during the First World War, Oskar Schlemmer began to conceive of the
    human body as a new artistic medium.

  • The music followed and finally the dance movements were decided.

  • Film Under the title Das triadische Ballett, the work was produced as a 30-minute color film in 1970 by Bavaria Atelier GmbH, with live-action dancers and new music by Erich

  • Parts of the ballet were performed in 1915, but though Burger asked Arnold Schönberg to write the score (“Your music, which I know from the local concert, seemed to me to
    be the only one suitable for my ideas”[1]) he had no success so Schlemmer and the Burgers performed to music by Enrico Bossi.

  • Much later, Schlemmer’s figurines appeared in the V & A’s 2006 Modernism exhibition accompanied by video recordings of their movement.

  • He claimed that the choreographed geometry of dance offered a synthesis, the Dionysian and emotional origins of dance, becomes strict and Apollonian in its final form.


Works Cited

[‘1. Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, zitiert nach: Frank-Manuel Peter, “Raum – Form – Farbe. Albert Burger und das Triadische Ballett”, Tanzdrama. Magazin (in German)
2. ^ Schlemmer, Oskar; Moholy-Nagy, László; Molnár, Farkas (1961), Gropius, Walter; Wensinger,
Arthur S. (eds.), The Theater of the Bauhaus, translated by Arthor S. Wensinger, Wesleyan University Press, ISBN 978-0-8195-7541-8, OCLC 832567552
3. ^ Kirstein, Lincoln (January 1984), Four centuries of ballet : fifty masterworks, Dover Publications
(published 1984), ISBN 978-0-486-24631-4
4. ^ Patteson, Thomas; ProQuest (Firm) (2015), Instruments for New Music : Sound, Technology, and Modernism, University of California Press, p. 43, ISBN 978-0-520-96312-2
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