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Triadisches Ballett – The weirdest thing you’ve never seen

I was at the IMM in Cologne yesterday and am suffering from a furniture overdose. So let’s take a little break and go for something different. Something very, very different. I wrote about the Triadic Ballet – or Triadisches Ballett in German – a little over a year ago. Many of you probably never saw the blogpost and so I thought it deserved a second chance. After all, I guarantee you that the Triadic Ballet will be the weirdest and most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen. Or never seen, because not many people know it. If you know your pop culture, you’ll see how the Triadic Ballett was the mother lode of inspiration for Jean-Paul Goude’s collaboration with Grace Jones, Lady Gaga, Tron and modern videogames. I’ve updated the original blogpost with a higher quality video and some kick-ass screenshots. Enjoy this week’s Vintage Interiorator!

Thanks to continued inspiration provided by the wonderful Gert Voorjans, I recently discovered the Bauhaus Triadisches Ballett by Oskar Schlemmer. This amazing piece of premiered in Germany in 1922 and still looks every bit as avant garde as it must have back then.

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.

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