Oskar Schlemmer


The Bauhaus does not disappoint. The work of Oskar Schlemmer, the sculpture cum stage shop director, jumps back and forth across the line between costume and architecture with acute attention to the geometry of the components. These are beautiful costumes.

The video, though, shows that although the wearer can dance in these costumes, there doesn’t seem to be an integration of the dance and the costume. Movement is stilted and often limited by the outfits. Parts of the body are certainly highlighted, but an attention to how the body moves seems to be missing. Is looking good enough to make these effective, in the way the I’ve defined effective for myself and my project? I don’t think so.

So I’ll enjoy them for their beauty and let them inspire me to think about the body and how to highlighting it while trying to be particular about the movement of the body in my own work.


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