Re: Triadic Ballet By Oskar Schlemmer

From: Eric S. Theise (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Aug 22 2006 - 23:55:15 PDT

Hey Adam,

Amazingly, I found the letter I wrote back in October 1988 to Angela
Greiner at the Goethe Institute in Chicago, specifying the date of
our screening and the dates when we'd pick up and return the (16mm)
print of Triadic Ballet. I also found--

  "Equally lush and saturated is the centerpiece of tonight's show:
   The filmed reconstruction of Oskar Schlemmer's 1922 Triadic
   Ballet. Schlemmer taught performance and painting at the Bauhaus.
   He was also responsible for the distinctive Bauhaus logo, displayed
   several stories high on the Weimar compound... The piece employs
   one female and two male figures dressed in elaborate, geometric
   costumes, appearing in permutations of one, two, or three against
   backgrounds of varying colors. The curious masks and costumes
   were reconstructed in 1985 using modern, lightweight materials,
   and the ballet was performed and edited to a new score by Erich
   Ferstl. (The score used at the ballet's 1922 Stuttgart premier
   was by Paul Hindemith.) A German dance troupe toured the United
   States several years ago and performed Triadic Ballet in the
   dance space at Columbia College. For those of you who missed
   it, we are pleased to be able to screen this documentation of
   Schlemmer's resurrected masterpiece."

--from the program notes, written by me and John Schofill. The
show was our Bauhaus Christmas Show (!), an Experimental Film
Coalition screening at Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL, 16
December 1988.

The film is 32 minutes, color, sound, 16mm.

If I were you, I'd contact your local Goethe Institute, and if that
fails, contact the one in Chicago.

Cheers, Eric

P.S. A long time ago, I deposited sets of notes from all the
Experimental Film Coalition screenings at the Pacific Film Archive
and at Anthology Film Archives.

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