Dance performance and film screening Bauhaus was not limited to minimalist and revolutionary design, as it also hosted often themed costume parties and evenings of theatre and dance. At this event, the Bauhaus aspects of costumes and dance are explored through dance performances with specially made costumes and a film screening. The evening starts with the performance “Homage”, where 3 dancers, in their specially made sculptural body extensions show a new interpretation of Oskar Schlemmer’s triadic ballet, almost 100 years after its premiere in 1922. The scultpural forms - body extensions, which play a vital role in this dance performance, were created by students under the guidance of Melita Couta at the Fine Art Department (University of Nicosia).

 

The film Triadic ballet by Oskar Schlemmer leads us directly into the world of Bauhaus and its famous ballet. It premiered in Stuttgart, on 30-31 September 1922, with music composed by Paul Hindemith, after formative performances dating back to 1916. The ballet became the most widely performed avant-garde artistic dance. Oskar Schlemmer began to conceive of the human body as a new artistic medium. He saw ballet and pantomime as free from the 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.

 

KNOTS/ The event of the Thread

 Following the screening, Arianna Economou shows the choreography “Knot/Homage” inspired from a gouche by the same title from 1974, by Annie Albers. In her choreographic interpretation of Albers artwork, she traces the movement of the 3 strings, in yellow, red and blue “taking them for a walk”. This event is taking place in collaboration with Dance Gate Lefkosia.

 

Choreography: Arianna Economou

Dancers: Stephanie Pastella, Sotiris Sotiriou, Belinda Papavasileiou, Ianthe Economou

Costume design: Chrysanthos Diamantakis, Kleantis Constantinou, Miriam Gatt, Christina Georgiadou, Elena Hadjigeorgiou, Nafsika Demetriou