Saturday, October 12, 2013

INSPIRATION Bauhaus ballet costumes from 1921… David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust jumpsuit 1973

An amazing optical costume from the "Tradisches Balett' performance in the 20ties [left] has some similarities with David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust jumpsuit from 1973, designed by Kansai Yamamoto [right], exhibited just this year at the Victoria&Albert museum in London. The "Triadisches Ballett' is a ballet developed by Bauhaus artist and choreographer Oskar Schlemmer, who saw ballet and pantomime free from their historical baggage of theatre and opera and thus able to present his ideas of choreographed geometry, man as dancer, transformed by costume, moving in space. The ballet became the most widely performed avant-garde artistic dance and while Schlemmer was at the Bauhaus from 1921 to 1929, the ballet toured, helping to spread the ethos of the Bauhaus. 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 color and mood.