The Cabaret Voltaire Performance at the Oakwood

Some photos of Needless Alley Collective’s re-interpretation of material first performed at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich in 1916 as performed at the Oakwood in Glossop. The Unit X event was delivered to students and staff from Contemporary Art History, Interactive Arts and Fine Art, here pictured fresh from their kite-flying adventures on the moors.

The original performances, given in  a backroom of a seedy bar in Zurich, gave birth to Dada and inspired much of twentieth-century and twenty-first century radical art practice. Though first performed in 1916, the material has proved itself as relevant, exciting, shocking and inspiring as it was when first experienced.

Michael Howard (of CAH) and Debbie Lewer originally researched and supervised the performance of this material at MMU in 1996. The London-based company, Needless Alley Collective, have recently formed a relationship with Contemporary Art History to continue this activity: They will be appearing at the George Tavern, London on 7th, 8th and 9th June (and we hope) at Kraak in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Details to follow!







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BA Contemporary Art History Manchester School of Art

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