The Mechanical Ballet & TRIAS - The Triadic Ballet
THEATER DER KLÄNGE started in 1987 very consciously referring aesthetically
back to the Bauhaus stage works of the 1920ies.
"The Mechanical Ballet" goes back to two photographs and to descriptions
of the former Bauhaus student Kurt Schmidt, handed down to us by the book "The
Stage At The Bauhaus" from 1923. In 1987 we dared coming up with a reconstruction
of the figurines showed on these photographs. Dealing with these figurines led
us to the creation of a new choreography as well as a new composition of the
stage music for piano, trombone and percussion. The result in 1987/88 was a
great success with the public and has by now seen almost 200 performances, not
only in many German theaters but also abroad: in France, the Czech Republic,
the Netherlands, Greece, Russia, Israel and India. "The Mechanical Ballet"
has been a permanent part of our repertoire ever since and we are at present
the only ensemble, that reenacted this ballet - originally created for the Bauhaus
exhibition in Weimar - and who is able to present it in a life performance.
In 1915, calling it "TRIAS", we reinterpreted "The Triadic Ballet",
following a project plan by Oskar Schlemmer from 1922. The formal structure
of first 11 scenes as well as the recreation of the figurines are almost identical
with the way Schlemmer himself designed them for their first release in Stuttgart
and Weimar in 1922/23.
Differing from other reconstructions of the 1960ies and 70ies our approach of
newly interpreting this stage work was to focus on the humorous, ludicrous,
and even carnivalesque elements within this figurine ballet. All of the choreographies,
the music and the final 12th scene are new creations made by THEATER DER KLÄNGE.
"bauhaus ballets", our new evening-filling program, brings both of
our Bauhaus productions together: "The Mechanical Ballet" and "TRIAS".
For this, we reproduced the figurines for "TRIAS" once again. Different
from our first figurine reconstruction in 2015, for which we followed Oscar
Schlemmer´s design drawings, our figurines made in 2017 were made according
to photographs documenting the realizations of the figurines as they were finally
used in Schlemmer´s performances.
"bauhaus ballets" was first performed in 2017 in Düsseldorf´s
Capitol Theatre - celebrating the 30th anniversary of the foundation of THEATER
DER KLÄNGE, the THEATRE OF SOUNDS. The program is now part of your guest