The Nose, The Cane, The Broken Left Arm, II
Obsession Dada: Shana Lutker
April 14, 2016 (20:00 - 21:30)
"The Evening of the Bearded Heart" was a multi-media program organized by Tristan Tzara in Paris on 23 July 1923. The program included films by Man Ray and Hans Richter, piano by Erik Satie and Igor Stravinsky, and was to conclude with a performance of Tzara's own play, The Gas Heart, with new costumes and sets by Sonia Delaunay.
However, the night did not go off as planned, thanks to a set of disruptions by disgruntled former Dadaists and proto-Surrealists, André Breton and Paul Eluard. Thus, "The Evening of the Bearded Heart" is officially known in the annals of art history as the End of DADA.
Shana Lutker's performance tells the story of what happened that night, when the Dada program was violently disrupted by André Breton and ended in a riot.
Performed by Lutker and NY-based artist Joey Frank, the play will include the films and music of "The Evening of The Bearded Heart," with piano accompaniment by See Siang Wong.
The Nose, The Cane, The Broken Left Arm was first presented as a play in New York, a commission for Performa 13. It is from the first chapter in Lutker's ongoing project dedicated to the history of the fistfights of the Surrealists.