Das Triadische Ballet – Bauhaus (1921 – 1929)


Das Triadische Ballet (The Triadic Ballet) is an Oskar Schlemmer’s creation – a symphonic dance, divided into three parts – a trinity, which evolve from the hilarity to the gloomy.

Oskar Schlemmer (September 4, 1888 – April 13, 1943) was a German painter, sculptor, designer and choreographer associated with the Bauhaus school.


Where did Oskar’s ideas come from? According to Wikipedia –

his observations and experiences during the First World War, 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.

One could say Oskar  opened doors for today’s musicians such as the late, David Bowie and Marilyn Manson, when it comes masterfully blending  music and theatrics to skillfully entertain the masses. Oskar’s idea of the human body’s movements being ‘mechanical’ brings to mind Marilyn Manson’s album, “Mechanical Animals” and the strange costumes and movements used within the performance throughout Manson’s music video. David Bowie’s costume designs have always been far-out, space-age, day-dreamy fun – for the most part.

Schlemmer saw the modern world driven by two main currents, the mechanised (man as machine and the body as a mechanism) and the primordial impulses (the depths of creative urges). 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. – Wiki

– altered by Hystoria



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