May 2 & May 7: NYC Dada Performance Salons @ Cornelia St Cafe & @ Le Poisson Rouge

May 2 & May 7: NYC Dada Performance Salons @ Cornelia St Cafe & @ Le Poisson Rouge

Three Rooms Press presents the 7th Annual

NYC Dada Poetry and Performance Salon(s)

featuring the NYC launch of

Maintenant 8: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art


Modern day Dada poets, collagists, performers and artists are creating disruptive, controversial and thrilling works that continue the spirit of the avant garde art movement sprung from the horror of World War I. Their work will be featured at TWO (2) NYC Dada Poetry and Performance Salons on May 2 and May 7. Additional information and reservations: Costumes encouraged!

Friday, May 2, 6 pm

Cornelia Street Cafe

Admission $8 includes a drink
featuring the NYC Premiere of the Dada Opera “Friends Scream for 2 Days” by Jan Michael Alejandro, directed by Jennifer Sandella, plus featured performance by Ukrainian Dada poet Yuriy Tarnawsky, Romanian-America artist/poet Valery Oisteanu, dangerous dadaist Cynthia Toronto, Bowery biggie Bob Holman performing a Dada play by Jerome Rothenberg, the Dude of Dada Peter Carlaftes, the Duchess of Dada Kat Georges and much more!

Wednesday, May 7, 7 pm

Le Poisson Rouge

Admission free
featuring readings by Los Angeles-based performance artist Doug Knott, British-American sound-visual poet Jane Ormerod, world-renowned beat-jazz poet Steve Dalachinsky, the Dude of Dada Peter Carlaftes and art by avant-garde photographer Philip Scalia plus much more!

About MAINTENANT 8: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art

A stunning annual collection of contemporary Dada writing and art by an international array of sensational artists. Provocative, disruptive and essential for collectors of contemporary radical art. Maintenant 8: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art (ISBN: 978-0-9895125-1-0, Three Rooms Press, $15.95) is the seventh edition of an annual collection of contemporary Dada work inspired by Dada instigator and Three Rooms Press spiritual advisor Arthur Cravan. Since 2008, the Three Rooms Press series has collected outsider art, poetry, mail art, collages and more from around the world. Maintenant 8 features art and visual poetry by a wide range of internationally recognized creators and provocateurs including William S. Burroughs, Jerome Rothenberg, Charles Plymell, Grant Hart, Mike Watt, Exene Cervenka, Pontus Carle, Irene Caesar, Volodymyr Bilyk, John M. Bennett, Giovanni Fontana, S.A. Griffin, Fausto Grossi, Patrice Lerochereuil, Gerard Malanga, Kazunori Murakami, Paolo Pelosini, Johan Reisser, Poul Weile and many more. The series has been recognized worldwide as a leading source of contemporary Dada art and writing, with editors invited to present material from the journal with contributors at events in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris and Berlin.

What the heck is Dada?

The original Dada movement peaked from 1916-1922, primarily involved visual arts, literature—poetry, art manifestoes, art theory—theatre, and graphic design, and concentrated its anti-war politics through a rejection of the prevailing standards in art through anti-art cultural works. Its purpose was to ridicule what its participants considered to be the meaninglessness of the modern world. In addition to being anti-war, dada was also anti-bourgeois and anarchist in nature.

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