In a mamouth program running from February to June The Barbican will be presenting Dancing around Duchamp, a major, multi-disciplinary season of events across visual art, dance, theatre, film and music.
The season orbits around the legendary figure of artist Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968). A must for anyone with an interest in Duchamp, the program brings together key figures of the avant-garde with a shared Dadaist or absurdist sensibility who changed the course of 20th-century art: Samuel Beckett, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Marcel Duchamp, Eugène Ionesco, Alfred Jarry, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, along with a host of contemporary practitioners who continue their radical legacy.
Some events in the program have already been announced but more have been added today including The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns exhibition, Geoffrey Farmer’s installation The Surgeon and the Photographer in The Curve, and theatre productions such as Robert Wilson’s theatrical interpretation of John Cage’s 1959 Lecture on Nothing and Théâtre de la Ville-Paris’s production of Eugène Ionesco’s Rhinocéros, the Barbican today reveals some exciting new additions to the programme.
These new events include a Cabaret Duchamp evening hosted by Will Gompertz in the Barbican Theatre, a scholarly debate on the legacy of Duchamp by Carlos Basualdo, Philippe Parreno and Paul B Franklin, a two-week summer school influenced by the avant-garde Black Mountain College, a series of one-off performances of John Cage’s work by a host of leading contemporary musicians, two special performances in the gallery of Merce Cunningham’s work by Rambert Dance Company and Richard Alston Dance Company and the cinema programme, A Grammar of Subversion.
There is so much going on we can’t possibly fit it all into one post. So get to the Barbican website for more information and full listings.