Oskar Schlemmer born September 4th, 1888 in Stuttgart, Gernany. He was a painter, sculptor, designer and choreographer. He was also a professor at the Bauhaus School.
Triadisches Ballett (Triadic Ballet) is a ballet developed by Schlemmer. It premiered in Stuttgart, on 30 September 1922, with music composed by Paul Hindemith, after formative performances dating back to 1916, with the performers Elsa Hotzel and Albert Berger. 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 Triadic Ballet represents a place of tensions followed by resolutions, where Schlemmer successfully conducts a renegotiation of deeply-rooted tendencies: abstraction-expression; mechanised-human bodies; heterogeneity-homogeneity of an art work constituted by a dialogue of different mediums.
The very idea of dance as a performing art lies at the heart of these theoretical issues. Schlemmer will help us to define first abstract dance as a new language, relying on symbols; second, performance as new genre, integrating in a common vision and purpose heterogeneous forms of artistic expression; and the modern use of rhythmical movement as a new medium.
This video dance piece of the “Tridiac Ballet” is reconstruction by Margarete Hastings in 1970. This was possible with of support of Ludwig Grote and Xanti Schawinsky (Schelemer students from Bauhaus School) and also with Tut Schlemmer, the widow of Schlemmer.