Albert Kriemler and his ballet experience
Akris Designer Albert Kriemler staged the fourth edition of the John Neumeier ballet Turangalila in Hamburg
Remember the song from the Twins Ballet Dancer? Early German new wave electro about ballet dancers. It came to mind when Albert Kriemler staged the fourth edition of the John Neumeier ballet Turangalila in Hamburg last Saturday. While the performance is a mind-blowing ballet, it is also about Kriemler’s modern costumes
At Achtung Mode, we follow the work of Albert Kriemler at Akris very closely. Why? Apart from Karl Lagerfeld, he is the only German-speaking designer of relevance in 2016 who puts on a catwalk show and draws an international crowd.
He loves to collaborate with artists and for his latest show in New York he rediscovered the 101-year-old artist Carmen Herrera for using her paintings as a reference point. Why ? He had fallen in love with her 1959 painting Blanco y Verde at the new Whitney’s inaugural exhibition last year. Classic Kriemler MO. But now he adds a new layer: The ballet.
In fact, his costumes for Turangalila were his third experience. But never had Kriemler worked with someone as radical and demanding as choreographer Neumeier.
When Akris used to stand for clothes that enforced the spine, like good outfits for important politicians, now Kriemler works the motion. He and Neumeier connected and Kriemler used his traditional Italian and Swiss fabrics with a big difference: here they need to adjust to heavily sweating top athlete bodies.
The result: Unexpected design heights from a culture and art obsessed but humble designer.