Saturday, 4 February 2012

Oscar Schlemmer's transformation of the human form

Modernist geometric forms and  marionette movements in Oscar Schlemmer's Triadic Ballet. Originally a sculptor,


when he moved into theatre and choreography as head of the Theatre and Sculpture department of Walter Gropius's Bauhaus School, he was interested in stylising human movement into the orchestrated and angular puppet like movements, which expressed the forms more elegantly.

His drawings here show some of his preoccupations with man's relation to his environment and how he conceived the costumes themselves (see more here). Useful drawings to inform your designs....

In his Slatdance, human axes (as in axis, but plural!)are extended by poles into architecturally sculptural forms.

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