Choreographed Geometry


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.

~Oskar Schlemmer


Thanks to The House of Beauty and Culture




~ by eaesthete on 05/26/09.

3 Responses to “Choreographed Geometry”

  1. The design of these dance numbers is every bit as compelling as the moves. And the costuming – magic!

  2. Can’t begin to tell you how glad I am that this did not fall on fallow ground.

    • I completely understand although my own interest in the obscure can,
      at times, be unnerving. I am heartened by your presence and fellowship.

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