Schlagwort-Archive: ballet

Triadic Ballet by Oskar Schlemmer

Oskar Schlemmer, Figurines of the Triadic Ballet, 1922. Mixed materials. Loan of the Friends of the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart since 1979. Part of the Oskar Schlemmer Exhibition “Visions of a New World”: Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany. ©

Oskar Schlemmer Triadic Ballet

Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadisches Ballet (Triadic Ballet) of 1922 was a dance in three parts whose geometrically choreographed participants moved in relation to a trinity of costume, dance and music. Its meaning is rather mysterious, but the following images appeared in my reading: a chaste ballerina in a wedding cake-like tutu pirouetting before a beastly assemblage of puffy geometrical shapes attached to a frowning alien head. An ethereal figure resembling a giant boiled sweet sugar coating a marshmallow pink landscape, and a dancer bobbing around in a costume of shiny balloon-like balls. In part three the costumes are suggestive of the myopic power of science fiction. Black-clad figures, made sinister by impenetrable slits for eyes and silver space helmets, are silently tortured by bright crescent moons.