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Presented By The Duplex
Tuesday, April 26th at 7:00pm EST
Online sale ends: 04/26/16 at 5:00pm EST
The Duplex Cabaret Theatre
61 Christopher Street (at the Corner of 7th Avenue)
New York, NY 10014
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[an experimental cabaret exploring the absurd and celebrating 100 years of Dada]

PATAFEST is a new festival devoted to the imaginary, the absurd, and the political, dwelling in the philosophical exploration of the relationship between the human and the animal. This festival is the result of joining our interests in artistic expression, socio-political issues, and collaborative practices into one curatorial format. The name of the festival draws from the idea of “pataphysics,” which was defined in the late nineteenth century by the French Symbolist writer Alfred Jarry as a branch of philosophy that examines imaginary phenomena beyond metaphysics. PATAFEST is interested in the absurdist nature of this imaginary science and uses the absurd as a methodology for deconstructing assumptions, questioning the status quo, and reconfiguring language to build more diversified and complex discourses. The festival brings together a variety of art forms including performance, music, literature, dance, film, cabaret, theater, and visual arts. At the core lie our interests in our animal nature and the political in our societal existence.

The launching event of PATAFEST is an experimental cabaret evening exploring the absurd and celebrating the 100th anniversary of Cabaret Voltaire, a significant moment in art history, which pushed forward new ideas and world views. Cabaret Voltaire, a cabaret for artistic and political purposes and the home of Dadaism, was founded by German and Romanian artists and writers on February 5th, 1916, in Zurich. At the time, WWI generated a huge wave of migration in Europe. The Dadaist formed an anti-establishment artistic movement, responding to the nonsense and horrors of the world with nonsense in art as a critical tool. We want to rethink the format of cabaret within our contemporary context and to reframe the legacy of Dada. Today, 100 year later, we too are living a reality of conflict and migration. War has dislocated hundreds of thousands of people. Economic crises have also forced a new form of nomadism. How can we in turn address this nonsensical reality with the absurd as an access point to understand and confront it? Can this specific moment of crisis generate a collectivity as has happened in the past? PATAFEST-Chorus explores this possibility through a political variety show that includes music, cabaret, performance, theater, and video, unifying artistic voices into a loud and dissonant chorus.

FREE to make a reservation & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*

Donations will be taken at the door, a suggestion of $10 Dollars

*Drinks Must be Purchased IN the Cabaret Theatre to count towards the Minimum.

Items Not Allowed
No One Under 21 Allowed
Additional Information
Doors open 30 minutes before show time. There is a 2 Drink Minimum per Person in the Cabaret Theatre

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7:00pm to 8:30pm
Doors open at 7:00pm

RSVP: $0.00


The Duplex Cabaret Theatre<br> 61 Christopher Street (at the Corner of 7th Avenue)<br> New York, 10014


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