Just the opposite to the norm in classical ballet. Simplicity is at the core of the pioneering Triadic Ballet. Created by Oskar Schlemmer in the early 1920s during the Bauhaus movement, the piece explores movement through volume. The costumes and choreography were designed to replicate the idea of a puppet. A dancer without a personality, so that the audience can find it easier to identify with the movement and the story. Some of the costumes weight 10 kg. They are made of wood. They are sturdy and pose big limitations to dancers movements. And it is precisely the limitation of movement what leads the steps, together with movement and light. In the stage the artist decides what the audience can see when they move.
The Triadic ballet is all about functionality. A concept that became the norm during modernity. After the War societies were craving something different beyond mere decorations.
I had the chance to discover in person the costumes of the Triadic Ballet when the dancers of Bayerisches Staatsballett II performed in Hong Kong during the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2017.