The Fantastical World of Oskar Schlemmer

Posted on 18 September 2014 by Liverpool Biennial

Digital image, 2009 J. Paul Getty Trust

Digital image, 2009 J. Paul Getty Trust

Celebrated artist Oskar Schlemmer (1888–1943) was a German painter, sculptor, designer and choreographer associated with the Bauhaus school, the innovative artistic institution of the 1920's pictured below.

As part of The Companion performance weekend, Liverpool Biennial has invited director and performer Christophe Wavelet to bring Schlemmer's iconic works back to life. Below is a selection of images illustrating the fantastical costumes and characters that audiences can expect to encounter this weekend at The Black-E, on Sunday 21 September at 2pm (Free, booking required).

© Erich Consemüller : Schlemmer rehearsing with actor Werner Siedhoff on the stage of the Bauhaus in Dessau, 1927

Bauhaus Stage Workshop, 1928

Throughout his career, Schlemmer combined the various forms of painting, dance and architecture in his work. In many of his staged performances, dancers wore helmets and were encased in costumes resembling the suits of deep-sea divers; these bulky costumes emphasized shapes and positions rather than flow or dynamics.

Photo by T. Lux Feininger: Pole Dance I; Dancer: Manda von Kreibig; 1927, Reproduction from ca. 1980. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin.

Pole Dance, above, will be performed as part of The Companion, with the stage lit in such a way that the actor disappears into the darkness, leaving an empty black canvas upon which the twelve white lines dance.

Oskar Schlemmer, Bauhaus masks. Photo by Erich Consemüller.

To book your free ticket for this performance on Sunday 21 September, click here.