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sunday 14 may 2017 | 20:30 |amsterdam | ostade a’dam


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Jan Hellberg reads Dada poems by Kurt Schwitters, Tristan Tzara, Raoul Hausmann  and Hans Arp (in German). Hanna Shybayeva perfoms piano pieces by Erik Satie, Erwin Schulhoff and John Cage.

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In 1915 a group of artists in Zürich concluded that intellectual conformism was one of the principal causes for the outbreak of the First World War. They were convinced that peace could only be achieved when regular thinking patterns were resolutely broken down. Irrational art full of chaos was considered to be the means to this end.  In theatre Cabaret Voltaire they launched a new art movement: Dada. The artists were engaged in crossovers between visual art, poetry, theatre and graphic design.

Although the movement was short lived (1916 – 1920), its influence was profound. In Berlin and New York artists joined the resistance. Many art critics were upset and feared that civilization itself was at stake.

Dada stands for art just beneath or behind reality. Marcel Duchamp turned everyday objects into art. Hans Arp wrote nonsense poems and Kurt Schwitters created his groundbreaking Ursonata. Dada became a success!



In this tribute to Dada Jan Hellberg reads texts (in German) from the Swiss Dada movement. Hanna Shybayeva performs piano pieces by composers who were connected with the Dada movement: Erik Satie, Erwin Schulhoff and John Cage.

Shybayeva began playing the piano at the age of 6. She developed from a child prodigy to an international admired artist and musician. Alongside numerous international awards she won in 2015 an Edison Klassiek.



New European Ensemble is supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten (from 2017) and the city of The Hague