Dancing about architecture
March 22, 2020 10:16 PM   Subscribe

Dancing about Architecture? In 1922 Bauhaustian Oskar Schlemmer seems to have given us a glimmer of it. See more at Open Culture
posted by MikeHoegeman (3 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes avant-garde production of the ballet "Parade" that premiered in 1916 included the architecture of Paris and New York.

The premiere of the ballet resulted in a number of scandals. One faction of the audience booed, hissed, and was very unruly, nearly causing a riot before they were drowned out by enthusiastic applause

The Joffery Ballet did a careful recreation with help from of the original dancers and it was really fun to see, the dancing buildings were not doing wild jete's or pirouettes but a performance I cherish.
posted by sammyo at 6:18 AM on March 23

I was embarrasingly old when I finally twigged that the phrase "dancing about architecture" in "writing about music is like dancing about architecture" meant 'dancing that is about architecture' and not something like 'dancing about inside an architectural structure'. Therefore this quotation never made any sense to me, because unless you're out in nature, dancers always dance about architecture.
posted by Kattullus at 7:17 AM on March 23 [1 favorite]

I am so in love with this ballet. Even though I am just learning ballet, I’m going to try to learn a non-pointe version.
posted by congen at 8:11 PM on March 23

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