19 March 2019 Bauhaus Open House

Bauhaus and dance - Dance performance and film screening on the occasion of 100 years Bauhaus

On the occasion of 100 years Bauhaus, the Goethe-Institut Cyprus in collaboration with Dance Gate Lefkosia is organizing an evening dedicated to Bauhaus and dance, on Thursday 11 April at 8 pm at Dancehouse Lefkosia.

Bauhaus was not limited to minimalist and revolutionary design, as it also hosted often themed costume parties and evenings of theatre and dance. At this event, the Bauhaus aspects of costumes and dance are explored through dance performances with specially made costumes and a film screening.

The evening starts with the performance Homage, where three dancers, in their specially made sculptural body extensions show a new interpretation of Oskar Schlemmer’s triadic ballet, almost 100 years after its premiere in 1922. The scultpural forms - body extensions, which play a vital role in this dance performance, were created by students under the guidance of Melita Couta at the Fine Art Department (University of Nicosia).

The film Triadic ballet by Oskar Schlemmer leads us directly into the world of Bauhaus and its famous ballet. It premiered in Stuttgart, on 30-31 September 1922, with music composed by Paul Hindemith, after formative performances dating back to 1916. The ballet became the most widely performed avant-garde artistic dance. Oskar Schlemmer began to conceive of the human body as a new artistic medium. 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.

Following the screening, Arianna Economou shows the choreography Knot/Homage inspired from a gouche by the same title from 1974, by Annie Albers. In her choreographic interpretation of Albers artwork, she traces the movement of the three strings, in yellow, red and blue “taking them for a walk”.

Dance Gate Lefkosia would like to thank Dancehouse Lefkosia for collaboration.

Dance performance:
Choreography: Arianna Economou
Dancers: Stephanie Pastella, Sotiris Sotiriou, Belinda Papavasileiou, Ianthe Economou
Costume design: Chrysanthos Diamantakis, Kleantis Constantinou, Miriam Gatt, Christina Georgiadou, Elena Hadjigeorgiou, Nafsika Demetriou

Film screening:
Das Triadische Ballett (Triadic ballet) by Oskar Schlemmer (1922)
Screenplay and choreography: Margarete Hasting, Franz Schömbs, Georg Verden
Music: Erich Ferstl
Dancers: Edith Demharter, Ralph Smolik, Hannes Winkler

Date: Thursday 11 April 2019, 8 pm
Place: Dancehouse Lefkosia, Parthenonos 25, Ayios Andreas, 1105 Nicosia
Language: German, English
Price: Free Admission
Information: +357 22 674606
kultur-nikosia@goethe.de