Film Triadic Ballet

Schlemmer Triadisches Ballett Goethe-Institut Chicago

Fri, 09/27/2019

Goethe-Institut Chicago

150 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 200
Chicago, lL 60601

100 Years of Bauhaus

Director: Henk van Dijk; Choreography: Gerhard Bohner, Music: Hans Joachim Hespos, NL, 1989, 72 min.

Triadisches Ballett (Triadic Ballet) is a ballet developed by Oskar Schlemmer. It premiered in Stuttgart, on 30-31 September 1922, with music composed by Paul Hindemith. 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.

The idea of the ballet was based on the principle of the trinity. It has 3 acts, 3 participants (2 male, 1 female), 12 dances and 18 costumes. Each act had a different colour and mood. The first three scenes, against a lemon yellow background to affect a cheerful, burlesque mood; the two middle scenes, on a pink stage, festive and solemn and the final three scenes, on black, were intended to be mystical and fantastic.
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