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


Salon op zuid


Jan Hellberg reads Dada poems by Kurt Schwitters, Friderich Glauser 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 desperately needed. In the theatre Cabaret Voltaire they launched a new art movement: Dada. Marcel Duchamp turned everyday objects into art. Hans Arp wrote nonsense poems. Kurt Schwitters created his groundbreaking Ur-sonata. Dada was successful. In Berlin and New York artists joined the resistance. Many art critics were upset and feared that civilisation itself was at stake.


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

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