14 Aug - 02 Oct 2021
Cabaret Voltaire returns to the historic Dada summer residence during its renovation and cooperates with Monte Verità Cultural Centre.
«Songs to the Suns»
Opening with performances and talk: Saturday 14.08.21, 16:00–22:00
With artistic contributions by Paul Maheke @paulmaheke and Izidora L. LETHE. Program
Monte Verità – like Cabaret Voltaire – is considered one of the most important places of the avant-garde, whether in relation to art, theory, or lifestyle. Both at Cabaret Voltaire and on Monte Verità, liberation from physical and linguistic conventions was central. The Lebensreform strove to free society from the stiff corset of bourgeois constraints through vegetarianism, expressive dance, naturopathy, light- and sun-bathing, free-body culture, and reform clothing. However, the parameters around bourgeoisie, identity, and knowledge have changed and need to be looked at from a new perspective. This return is not a nostalgic act, but rather a starting point to examine concerns and forms of expression from the perspective of the present day. «Songs to the Suns» combines holistic and fragmented approaches, seeks a polyphony that destroys binary ways of thinking, and poses critical and political questions through the dissection of wholeness. At the center is the body as archive and site of emancipation.