Come to the Cabaret, ol' chum – or don't. College of Charleston's A Dada Cabaret is a nostalgic trip back to 1916 Zurich when life was meaningless and the poet in the dunce hat with lobster claws mocked Kanye West. Amidst the absurdity and apathy, director Jay Ball and his cast and crew challenge theater patrons' views of the current state of world affairs.
Who's your Dada? Czar Nicholas and Kaiser Wilhelm were not it. Hugo Ball founded Cabaret Voltaire in neutral Switzerland as a rejection of Europe's battle for braggin' rights. A Dada Cabaret suggests that avant-garde theater of the early 20th century offers us insight in the 21st century.
Da New Zealand rugby team does da Dada dance. Expressionism and Realism weren't all that. In Dada Cabaret, art doesn't need a moral mission. Morality is relative, anyway. Create art for art's sake and dance the Maori Haka dance for the fun of it.