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Dancing around Duchamp

From 14/02/2013 to 09/06/2013

 

Art Gallery

The Bride and the Bachelors

Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns

14 February – 9 June 2013

At the heart of the Dancing around Duchamp season is a major exhibition, The Bride and the Bachelors,examining one of the most important chapters in the history of contemporary art. It is the first exhibition to specifically explore Marcel Duchamp’s (1887–1968) impact on four great modern artists – composer John Cage (1912–1992); dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919–2009) and visual artists Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) and Jasper Johns (born 1930). Tracing their creative exchanges and collaborations, the exhibition features twenty-five works by Duchamp, and collectively more than thirty by Johns and Rauschenberg.

 

 

Special Events

In Conversation

The Bride Stripped Bare

15 February 2013, 7pm, Frobisher Auditorium 1

Exhibition curator, Carlos Basualdo (the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art at Philadelphia Museum of Art) and internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Philippe Parreno will join leading Duchamp scholar Paul B. Franklin to discuss the legacy of Duchamp today.

Cabaret Duchamp

13 March 2013, 7:45pm, Barbican Theatre

For one night only, Cabaret Duchamp will draw together exciting artists, performers, provocateurs and the public. Hosted by Will Gompertz, the BBC Arts Editor and author of What Are You Looking At?, Cabaret Duchamp will summon the spirit of Duchamp by giving audiences the chance to see life afresh through interventions by a cast of contemporary artists.

Theatre

Rhinocéros

14 – 16 February 2013, 7.45pm, Barbican Theatre

Théâtre de la Ville-Paris brings its remarkable staging of Rhinocéros by Eugène Ionesco to the Barbican. This production of one of the major absurdist plays of the 20th century, which warns against totalitarianism and the destructive power of the collective, has wowed critics and audiences across France and the USA with its spectacular set and gripping performances.

Members of Théâtre de la Ville-Paris will be taking part in a post-show talk on 15 February 2013.

Théâtre de la Ville-Paris will also be running the two-day intensive Staging the Absurd Weekend Lab, providing the chance to work practically with artists from the company to explore the complexities and possibilities of staging the production.

Ubu Roi

10 – 20 April 2013, 7:30pm, Barbican Theatre

Outlawed after its first performance in 1896, Ubu Roi’s bad language, made-up words, schoolboy humour and disrespect for authority caused huge scandal. Barbican Artistic Associate Cheek by Jowl performs this new French language production that charts the exploits of the despotic King Ubu.

Declan Donellan and Nick Ormerod, directors of Cheek by Jowl, will lead an intensive Weekend Lab on Acting. This will give drama students the chance to explore classical texts and learn useful principles and priorities to improve their work.

 

Film

Dreams That Money Can Buy (15) (US 1947, Hans Richter, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Fernand Léger, Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder, 80 min)

23 March 2013, 4pm, Cinema 2

A down-on-his-luck poet discovers a gift for dreaming, and sets about selling his dreams to various clients. The 'dreams' are each a mini-film directed by an artist friend of Dada filmmaker Hans Richter. In his section, Duchamp reworks his spiral films and early paintings, with sound by John Cage.

Hommage to Rrose Sélavie: Sexual Identity and Play (18*)

23 March 2013, 5.45pm, Cinema 2

Rrose Sélavie (or Rose Sélavy) was one of Duchamp’s pseudonyms; a female persona, acted out by Duchamp and photographed by Man Ray. The name is a pun on the French for ‘eros, that's life’. This programme explores how film and video have become a means for the expression of sexual behaviour and preference outside the mainstream. Carol Schneeman’s controversial film Fuses (1964) and Jean Genet’s once banned film Un Chant d’amour (1950) are screened in conjunction with other key works.

Conversations with Duchamp (PG*) + Screen Talk

23 March 2013, 8.15pm, Cinema 1

Filmed at the Arensberg collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where 35 works by Duchamp were on show, this 1956 NBC interview features the artist in conversation with James Johnson Sweeney, former director of the Guggenheim Museum. Screens with a 1961 BBC Monitor interview with Duchamp, and a 1966 BBC profile of the artist, Rebel Ready Made.

Absolute Dada (PG*) + live musical accompaniment by John Sweeney

24 March 2013, 3.30pm, Cinema 1

The universe of Dada intersects iconoclasm, subversion, abstraction, geometry and the erotic, and one of its dominant matrixes is Duchampian conceptualism. This is an exceptional screening of treasures from the Dada era, including Duchamp’s Anemic Cinema (1926), Man Ray’s Le Retour à La Raison (1923) and Emak Bakia (1927), and others.

Masculin-Féminin (15) (France/Sweden 1966, Jean-Luc Godard, 110 min)

24 March 2013, 7.45pm, Cinema 2

Jump-cuts, sudden silences, extra-textual cinematic references, fourth wall obliterations, blocks of Dada-esque on-screen text, sound and image track divergences, seemingly random voice-overs – Godard plays with the basic building blocks of film grammar, and asks us to apply our intelligence as we watch. Perhaps that’s why he got the thumbs up from Duchamp, who praised this film in a memorable series of interviews with Pierre Cabanne.

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COMMENTS:

21/03/2013 - guerout said :

I am a French producer and I will soon produce French artists in London ! Singers and groups!!

I will note down the shows programme on this page!

See you soon!!

Christian Guérout
Luzane Promotion

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