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Patience Pays

“The Triadic Ballet”
Bavarian State Ballet II
Reithalle (Riding Hall)
Munich, Germany
June 06, 2014

by Ilona Landgraf
Copyright © 2014 by Ilona Landgraf

1. The Triadic Ballet by Gerhard Bohner, Big Skirt, Nagisa Hatano, Copyright W. Hösl The revival of Gerhard Bohner’s “The Triadic Ballet”, after a quarter century of enforced slumber, has been a much-anticipated event in Munich. The legendary sequence of dances – famous for its strange, unwieldy costumes – was kissed awake by the Bavarian State Ballet’s artistic director Ivan Liška and his wife Colleen Scott. Both had belonged to Bohner’s faithful first cast from day one. Actually, Bohner’s piece was a reconstruction and revision of an original by the German plastic artist Oskar Schlemmer (1888 – 1943). Schlemmer’s heirs had thwarted every effort to make his artistic work available to the public. Now, seventy years after Schlemmer’s death, the intellectual property rights have expired and this gave Liška leeway to proceed. (more…)