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MOCA DaDaPunk Cabaret Party


A hundred years ago, avant-garde artists changed the narrative of art history forever. On July 14, 1916 Hugo Ball recited the DaDa Manifesto at the movement's first organized event at Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, Switzerland. The mainstream atmosphere and culture that spawned the absurdist movement is eerily similar to the values of the GOP. Fittingly, therefore, MOCA's DADAPUNK Cabaret Party serves as much needed relief from the anxiety of the RNC during the past week. MOCA Cleveland celebrates the centennial anniversary of the DaDa movement with a DADAPUNK Cabaret Party on Friday, July 22.

The DaDa movement and its concepts continue to influence generations of artists, such as Mark Mothersbaugh, co-founder of DEVO, whose Myopia is currently on view at MOCA Cleveland. All of the museum's Summer 2016 exhibitions will be on view throughout the evening.

Pinch and Squeal's Wizbang! neo-vaudeville cabaret extravaganza features singers, comedy, circus-style acrobatics and more inside a small, mobile circus tent. Pinch and Squeal (a.k.a. Jason and Danielle Tilk) will be joined by performers such as Will "Will Juggle" Oltman and Detroit's Satori Circus.

"We will be presenting a WIZBANG! show that is unlike any we have put on to date," promises "Pinch" (a.k.a. Jason Tilk), co-founder of WIZBANG!. "Presenting theatrical behavior that verges on madness that reflects the 100th anniversary of the DaDa movement and Mark Mothersbaugh's Myopia exhibit. Deconstructed circus, obscure cabaret, haunting silliness, all rejecting realism. All in the name of DaDa. Remember DaDa means nothing! With Hugo Ball's sound poems, dismantled political protest and curious music Cabaret Voltaire lives again!"

"Pinch and Squeal's WIZBANG! will deliver a grand show on MOCA's indoor stage called the DADAPUNK Cabaret," promises "Squeal" (a.k.a. Danielle Tilk). "WIZBANG! is an entertainment venue and company created in Cleveland. It is an imaginarium of neo-vaudeville, musical extravaganza, circus arts, comedy theatre in a small, mobile circus tent. Professional entertainers from all over the U.S., and of course Cleveland, make our shows unique in our venue and others."

The cabaret show begins at 8 p.m., with a party following from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The party includes a DJ set with an immersive combination of video and vintage film, dancing, "outlandish fashion," cash bar and more. DaDa and punk-inspired costumes are encouraged, but not required – because what kind of DaDa party has a dress code?

DADAPUNK Cabaret Party

MOCA Cleveland 11400 Euclid Ave.


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