Oskar Schlemmer

The Triadic Ballet 

Schlemmer began running the Theatre Workshop at the Bauhaus in 1923. Schlemmer created the costumes and then choreographed the dancers moments. The Choreography  was created bearing in mind the restrictions the costumes created, and the movements they suggested. The ballet was taken on tour to promote the Bauhaus.

Franz Schömbs’ and Georg Verden’s reconstruction of the ballet in 1968:


(See also: http://www.nytimes.com/1985/10/03/arts/dance-triadic-ballet-a-la-bauhaus.html)

Slat Dance 1 – 1927

Lisa le Feuvre on Slat dance 1:

Slat Dance 1 from 1927 used equipment designed for physical education to lengthen the dancer’s limbs. Just as 18th and 19th century ‘progress’ compelled people to conform movements to the rhythm of the factory, Schlemmer’s constricting additions forced their wearers to empathise with their own mechanics.

Taken from: Extending Bodies, Tate Etc, Issue 36 Spring 2016, PP64 



Franz West

Franz West’s Passtuecke or adaptives (images below) break down gallery through there interactivity and playful nature.  The ergonomic forms of the Passtruecke aid the viewers interaction with the work.



Press release for Franz West Early Work at Hauser & Wirth Somerset 11 October – 9 November 2014:


See also: Franz West: To Build a House you Start with the Roof, Work 1972-2008

ISBN: 978-0262012508              Publisher: MIT PRESS