Dada Reloaded

Dada came to London on 21 May 2016 for Instant City Reloaded, when a delegation from the Cabaret Voltaire and Zurich University of the Arts came together with Central St. Martins to set up a provisional performance space. Our project team’s response to an open call for contributions to this twelve-hour event was accepted. A new digital animation by Vaia, with an original score by Sonia, called ‘daisy chain fragments for Sisyphus’, was shown on a big screen to an audience of artists, performers, students, scholars, visitors and curious passers-by. Events became curiouser and curiouser as Ruth and Vaia were drawn in to a happening in which performance artist Daniel Oliver, occupying the role of the poet-pugilist Dada hero Arthur Cravan, conducted a séance. Near-nudity, plastic sheets and fake blood evoked the kind of discomfort and uncertainty for which Dada was renowned. In a compilation video of the event you can see shots of both the pre-planned artwork on the screen, and the spontaneous participation of our project team that began in a boxing ring. Dada lives in London!

Dada’s Women – The story continues

Arty title shot! Thanks Don!

Arty title shot! Thanks Don!

Hello! This is Sonia Allori again with the next thrilling instalment (!?) of Dada’s Women – The Opera. To recap a little … I’m a musician and composer and part of the Flip Artists mentoring programme for disabled artists in 2015. The project I am developing (you may remember) concerns the creation of an opera with subject matter drawn from the female members of the early 20th Century Dada artistic movement.

Six months have passed since the research trip to Zurich in February and in the interim there has been a whole lot of planning, thinking, discussion, a bit more thinking and all framed within a healthy dose of self-doubt for good measure! I’ve since learned that this is a quite a normal stage in the development of a new work. This is by far the largest-scale work I have written and from the very beginning the process has been different and fairly overwhelming. This I have been assured is also quite a usual reaction!?

Dada’s women in Switzerland

An introduction
Dr. Sonia Allori – Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich.

Dr. Sonia Allori – Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich.

Hello! This is Sonia Allori. I’m a musician and composer and move about the planet in a wheelchair which is sometimes frustrating and usually eventful (especially given my knack for finding pot-holes)! The project I have been developing with the support of Flip Artists concerns the creation of an opera with subject matter drawn from the female members of the early 20th Century Dada artistic movement.