Cabaret Zurich- an evening of artist entertainment and discourse

” In Zurich in 1915, losing interest in the slaughterhouses of the world war; we turned to Fine Arts.  While the thunder of the batteries rumbled in the distance, we pasted, we recited, we versified, we sang with all our soul.  We searched for an elementary art that would, we thought, save mankind from the madness of these times.”   -Hans Arp

We present the Cabaret Zurich, an alternate space for discourse. This playful evening/ cabaret show will happen Saturday, May 7th 2011 and will be centered around the topic of Censorship.

This is a performance “based” series. The cabaret and space itself becomes it’s own entity and will create it’s own magic with interactive events and good old fashioned madness and expression.

Throughout the night there will be audience interactive happenings in the style of Dada :

Wall collage that anyone in the audience can hang external artwork

Creation of cut-up word poems

Audience shoebox feedback on the subject of censorship

Other fun events ( potential for on the spot madness)

The evening will be held at Gam Gallery Saturday May 7, 2011.  Doors open 7pm.  Show starts 8pm.  Cash bar provided but madness and entertainment free with admission!

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The Gam is a gallery, boutique and artist studio located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and fronts an artist-only building at 110 E Hastings St. The Gam exists because it sees a need to create an inclusive meeting place for artists and community members.  It is a place to locate oneself as an important participant and an active agent in fostering a dynamic and thoughtful culture. 


Inspired by Cabaret Voltaire…. About :

We had lost confidence in our culture. Everything had to be demolished.  At the Cabaret Voltaire we began by shocking common sense, public opinion, education, institutions, museums, good taste, in short, the whole prevailing order.  -Marcel Janco

The Dada movement embodied a need to create a dialogue in reaction to war during the “madness of these times”.  The act of making Art or Anti-Art was created from a simple human need for expression. Dadaist Raoul Hausmann stated ” We wanted to change the world but without any particular idea”.  The Cabaret Voltaire was initiated by Dada Artist Hugo Ball. It became a “centre for artist entertainment, where young artists and poets were invited to bring along their ideas, contributions, read their poems aloud, hang their pictures, sing and dance, play music”.