Sanela Nikolić
University of Arts – Faculty of Music Arts


Bauhaus Theater obtained its most complete form through Oskar Schlemmer’s artistic, pedagogical and theoretical work. The key problem for Schlemmer was the law of motion of the human body in space. His poetic implied anti narrative and antimimetic theater and also the widespread use of stage figures with the vivid articulation of space as his primary intentions. The human body on stage, converted into artificial figure, was the universal symbol of human being defined by opposites, which exists in a geometrical given space and determine it metaphysically. Use of term ‘dance’ in Schlemmer’s play most titles, is consistent with the conception of stage event as a stage play of artificial figure in geometrical given space. Design in motion concept, which means the organization of the stage with specific mechanical-choreographic motions and working with form and color, determine the Schlemmer’s stage as the absolute visual stage. Within the Bauhaus, Oskar Schlemmer’s stage work has contributed to understanding of the theatrical event as the equally important artwork area for design of totality of space in which was established harmony between man, his life process and environment in which man exists.

Bauhaus theater, Oskar Schlemmer, design in motion concept, visual stage, mechanic/metaphysic, human body in space, artificial figure, triadic ballet



SAJ Vol. 6, 2014, No. 1