Dada’s Women

a collaborative mixed-media work by composer Sonia Allori and artist Vaia Paziana based on 'Dada's Women' by Ruth Hemus


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A collaborative mixed-media work based on Dada’s Women

The posts below – which chart some of the milestone moments in our creative journey – are listed in reverse chronological order. If you want to start from the beginning, please scroll down.

Click here for a brief introduction to us and click here for more information about the project.

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Performing Dada’s Women at Tate Exchange

‘Theatres of Exchange’ – a partnership between Royal Holloway University and Tate Modern – gave us the opportunity to showcase and develop our project in the Switch Building on 13 February 2017.

Sonia’s specially-written soundtrack ‘Time Passing in Dada-Land’ welcomed participants and set an atmosphere of possibility that proved to be infectious. In an interactive presentation we sought to convey the pioneering interventions of Emmy Hennings and Sophie Taeuber in Zurich and Hannah Höch in Berlin.

Hennings was the inspiration for original visual and musical works brought to us by Vaia and Sonia. A digital animation produced and introduced by Vaia was overlaid with a score by Sonia – a perfect example of creative collaboration. Having brought both her clarinet and her voice, Sonia also performed an aria inspired by Hennings’ poems.

Dada's Women at Tate Modern

Photo: Andrew Mitchell

School and university students, families, and our invited visitors from Certitude were asked to get creative. In homage to Hannah Höch, some of our new Dada devotees cut and pasted visual fragments to create collages. Other initiates followed Tristan Tzara’s instruction ‘How to make a Dada poem,’ cutting out words from newspaper articles, shaking them in a bag, and rearranging with as much randomness as could be mustered.  Continue reading


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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.

daisy chain fragments for Sisyphus [Dada edit] from Vaia Paziana on Vimeo.

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.  Continue reading


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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!?
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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. 
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