A modernist ballet

Oscar Schlemmer was a painter, sculptor, designer, and choreographer who, in 1923, was hired as Master of Form at the Bauhaus theatre workshop. Prior to this appointment he had developed his most famous work, Das Triadische Ballet (The Triadic Ballet), which was re-created in a 1970 film, above.

Just marvel at the sculptural costumes, the juicy-fruit colours and strange, doll-like choreography. While it may bear the hallmarks of Bauhaus principles – clean lines, geometric design – its purity becomes something resembling the innocence of a child’s painting come to life. It allows us to see the world through a child’s eyes and as such it is possibly the most beautiful, the most heartbreaking film I have seen in a long time.

For more on this check out this Open Culture piece.

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