It may have been one of the world's most famous art and design schools, but the Bauhaus wasn't all about learning. It also knew how to party! Students and teachers took fancy-dress seriously, bringing the school's ideals of creativity and community out of the classroom and onto the dance floor. In the words of Bauhaus master Johannes Itten: "Play becomes party – party becomes work – work becomes play".
Toast to the centenary of the Bauhaus at this night of dancing inspired by its legendary costume parties. In keeping with the school's collective spirit, the night will feature DJ sets from Gracie T, Zeiknat, DJ Soyboi, and Diessa – members of GRL., a new Sheffield-based collective made up of women and non-binary DJs – and will be hosted at artist-led gallery and social club Sidney + Matilda.
Fancy-dress is encouraged! See below for inspiration or pick up one of the props in the venue on the night if you're stuck for a costume.
Ages 18+. Card payments only on the bar.
Before the party will be a free talk about Forgotten Bauhaus Women at 6:30pm in the same venue – more info.
Take outfit inspiration from the design principles and socialist philosophy of the Bauhaus – which saw it prioritising clean, abstract and geometric forms, and embracing relatively cheap materials.
Think: surreal, futuristic, geometric, high-performance, mechanical, structural, and above all playful!
See below for some photos from the school's own costume parties and performances, including the infamous Triadic Ballet by Oskar Schlemmer.