Cabaret Voltaire

Its dark premises were artists' club, exhibition room, pub, and theater, all rolled into one. The artists' performances consisted of the oddest works which had never before been seen or heard. Noise music, simultaneous poems recited by 4 to 7 voices speaking all at once, bizarre dances in grotesque masks and fancy costumes, interrupted by readings of German and French sound verses sounding like nothing on Earth, and solemn incantations of texts by the mystic Jacob Böhme and of Lao-Tse. On the walls had been hung pictures by artists whose names had been unknown until then: Arp, Paolo Buzzi, Cangiullo, Janco, Kisling, Macke, Marinetti, Modigliani, Mopp, Picasso, van Rees, Slodki, Segal, Wabel, and others. A place where young people not only laid stress on enjoying their independence, but also wished to proclaim it.
In this declaration the name of "Dada" is documented for the first time, and from here it was carried into the world. On July 14th, 1916, the first Dada Soirée took place at the "Waage" hall; and in the same month the series of books, "Collection Dada," began to appear.

1 comment:

  1. Questo è stato il vero inizio del vero cabaret!!!! :-))