Why Oskar Schlemmer’s dance experiments were and still are physical exercises for designers*.
The lecture will show how the history of Triadic Ballet began in 1912, when the Stuttgart dancing couple Alfred Burger and Elsa Hötzl experienced the rhythmic gymnastics of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze on the Appia stage in Hellerau, and thus were eager to dance in a new way. Oskar Schlemmer, who had initially been their ally, continued the path they had started together in his own way after the premiere of the Triadic Ballet in 1922. At the Bauhaus, he developed not only a renewed version of the Triadic Ballet, but also the so-called “Bauhaus dances” from 1926 to 1929, which were spatially sculptural physical exercises for the students of the Hochschule für Gestaltung as movement studies with the most diverse materials and forms. Since October 2020, the “Appia Stage”, reproduced at the European Centre for the Arts in 2017/18, has been on display at the Bauhaus Museum Dessau. Here it not only marks the foyer of the museum as an open space stage and place for experimental performances. The Bauhaus Open Stage Studio Programme also reflects and explores Schlemmer’s Bauhaus stage pedagogy anew in cooperation with contemporary design colleges.
Anne & Lawrence Halprin: “Dance & Architecture – Forms of Collective Creativity
Julia Bojaryn and Jana Schmück (DE)
16. – 18.07.
Geometric Ballet – Hommage à Oskar Schlemmer
Ursula Sax/Katja Erfurth (DE)
In memory of Annette Jahns (1958 – 2020)