Google is celebrating the 130th birthday of Oskar Schlemmer through its Google Doodle. Schlemmer was a German painter, sculptor, designer, and choreographer who worked with the Bauhaus German art school. He was known for staging “Triadic Ballet”, something that was considered groundbreaking in terms of production. The reason for this is because it used three dancers, 12 movements, and 18 costumes as part of the production to present the ballet. He also used bulging “mechanical creatures” with “metallic masks” in the ballet, something that is not usually associated with the conventional form of ballet.
Schlemmer is also known for redefining all rules of a ballet as he went about exploring the “relationship between body and space” as pointed by Google Doodle page. The details further pointed out that he explained that his performance is “artistic metaphysical mathematics” which was a “party in form and color.” His position as the director of stage research and production at Bauhaus presented him with an open playground to experiment with his ideal.
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The interesting thing here is that his theater designs were not just limited to history but instead, they also ended up influencing artists including David Bowie. He also tried sculpture and painting in his life as an artist but he is still known for the creative designs that he worked on at Bauhaus.
It is also worth noting that his considered that the theme of the work he did was based on “the human figure in space its moving and stationary functions, sitting, lying, walking, standing” “as simple”. The reason behind considering the work simple was because all these functions “are universally valid” according to Schlemmer.