Hailed as the most widely performed avant-garde artistic dance of its time, the Das Triadische Ballett by Oskar Schlemmer (1888-1943) premiered in 1922. Inspired by Schoenberg’s composition Pierrot Lunaire, 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.
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.
If today’s arts love the machine,
technology and organization,
if they aspire to precision
and reject anything vague and dreamy,
this implies an instinctive repudiation of chaos
and a longing to find the form appropriate to our times.
Thanks to The House of Beauty and Culture