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Building and theatre were at the centre of the Bauhaus concept that Paul Klee introduced in 1922, including dance, music, theatre, pantomime, performance, space, light and sound experience. The Bauhaus stage, with its associated Bauhaus celebrations and the Bauhaus band and stage construction, became an important training ground for teamwork and the new working and living community at the Bauhaus, a living vision of Gesamtkunstwerk, the unified work of art. Oskar Schlemmer took over the theatre workshop and led it until 1929. As early as 1921 he had begun working on his Triadic Ballet, which premiered in Stuttgart in 1922.

Oskar Schlemmer, Hoop Dance, 1929, dancer: Manda von Kreibig, photograph: Lux Feininger

Oskar Schlemmer / Stage workshop, Different sequences of a dramatic gesture, 1927, dancer: Werner Siedhoff, photograph (exposed several times): Erich Consemüller

Oskar Schlemmer, Baton Dance, 1928/29, dancer: Manda von Kreibig, photograph: Lux Feininger

The young Bauhaus theatre in their Bauhaus Revue performing the Visit of the Professor L. in the City, 1929, photograph: Marianne Brandt

László Moholy-Nagy, Constructive Kinetic System, 1922/28

Oskar Schlemmer, Plan of figures for The Triadic Ballet, 1924-26

László Moholy-Nagy, Lighting accessories from an electric stage (reproduction from 2006), 1922/30

Joost Schmidt, Mechanical stage, 1925/26

László Moholy-Nagy, Sketch of a musical score for the Mechanical Eccentric, 1924-25

Kurt Schmidt, Design for the Mechanical Ballet, 1923

Kurt Schwertfeger, Reflective games with light, 1923, photograph

Kurt Schmidt/Toni Hergt, Hunchback, doctor and town crier from The Adventures of the Little Hunchback, 1923

Lothar Schreyer, Figurine of Masculine Intellect, plate 7 from the portfolio Birth, 1921

The stage class in costumes from the play The Staircase Farce by OskarSchlemmer, on the roof of the Bauhaus building, 1927