Satie declared Dadaism dead in 1923, but ifanything, it’s back and stronger than ever. With Dadaist shows at the Centre Pompidou, National Gallery in Washington, and the MOMA in New York, & a newly renovated Dada Hotel in Zurich, Dada is definitely alive and well. Plus, Dada seems to tie in with current political upheaval and the general chaos surrounding public life these days...
Dada Pseudomentary - teaser
rediscovered after 90 years: George Antheil's lost film, "Woman" (teaser)
Return to Reason - teaser
Absinthe was the recreational drug of choice for many artists in the teens and twenties, and inspired a great deal of art. It was only later that this dangerously strong alcohol was outlawed. Recently Absinthe (in a controlled and regulated version) has been re-introduced in Holland and France, ...and Louisiana, too!
Kiki of Montparnasse, in the beautiful window scene from Retour à la Raison: This film has just been released as part of the Unseen Cinema DVD series, from Anthology Film Archives (New York) and the Deutsches Film Museum (Frankfurt).
Stills from the Films
The nail sequence from Man Ray's Film, Retour à La Raison
A 1920's ROGUES GALLERY:
Still from Entracte (music by Eric Satie)
and multiple stills from Retour de la Raison (music by George Antheil)
THEATER: Tristan Tzara's Dadaist play, Coeur à Gaz