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Performance art is the art style, which is strongly inspired by the theater. A temporary representation of the work of art involves the artist, who, so to speak, perform the work of art. The art of performance can be found in Zurich, especially at the Zurich Moves, Festival for Contemporary Art in Performance Art.

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August 2017
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Cantastorie

25 August - 8 October
Kunsthaus, Heimplatz 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

The precious ‘Cantastorie’, a fascinating and unknown accumulation of images and image cycles, were handed down from one generation to the next in two families of minstrels and puppeteers from Naples and Foggia who used them to place great cultural issues literally before an audience. In a way they were the first comics, full of beautiful princesses, valiant knights, chaotic battles, gruesome tales and voracious monsters. Some 100 magnificently colourful masterpieces of folk art created in the first decades of…

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September 2017

WURF. / performance / Bruno Jakob & Hans Witschi

22 September
Last Tango, Röntgenstrasse 6, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

Last Tango is pleased to present WURF. a performance by Bruno Jakob and Hans Witschi. WURF. Invisible Expandible and Breathing Images, 2017 Technical Materials: Brave, Tender, Gorgeous, Miraculous, Extraordinary, Astonishing, Brilliant, Joyful, Amazing, Rich, Iconic, Fabulous, Touching, Breathtaking, Dazzling, Terrific, Imagination, Immersive, Galvanizing, Illuminating, Hypnotic, Beautiful, Sublime, Transcendent, Hilarious and so on. Music: Hans Witschi, Piano, "INTUITIONS 2017" Location: In, on, around and everywhere.

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“Othello” – Kathakali meets Shakespeare

23 September
Museum Rietberg Zürich, Gablerstrasse 15, Zürich, 8002 Switzerland + Google Map

Sadanam Balakrishnan, one of the probably most important contemporary masters of this ancient art form, travels to Zurich with his internationally acclaimed ensemble for two guest appearances exclusively at the Museum Rietberg. In this unforgettable theater performance Kathakali meets Shakespeare. The unusual encounter of a western theater icon with top artists of Indian dance tradition. Introduction in German by Pavel Jiracek, operatic dramaturge "Kathakali" Colors, drama, music and dance: Kathakali is one of the classical theater traditions of South India -…

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The Near and the Nigh

23 September
la_cápsula, Geroldstrasse 31, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

We are happy to invite you to the second event by la_cápsula The Near and the Nigh Derzu Campos September 23rd, 2017 // 6.30 - 10.30 pm Live performance Signs Preceding the End of the World // 9.30 pm DJ set after the show *The artist will be present https://www.lacapsula-zh.com/thenearandthenigh About the project: The Near and the Nigh works as a cycle of light and darkness in which urbanism, social conflicts and the end of the world serve to establish…

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Indian Dance Theatre Meets Shakespeare

23 September
Museum Rietberg Zürich, Gablerstrasse 15, Zürich, 8002 Switzerland + Google Map

Colors, drama, music and dance: Kathakali, a classical theatre tradition from South India, is a mixture between ballet, theatre, opera and pantomime, featuring impressive masks, costumes and complex gestures. Asia Society Switzerland and Museum Rietberg are partnering for an unusual Kathakali performance: Sadanam Balakrishnan, a world-renowned master of this ancient art form, will perform with his ensemble an interpretation of Shakespeare’s «Othello» - for the very first time in Switzerland. Sadanam Balakrishnan sees many similarities between the traditions of Shakespeare…

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October 2017

Performance 4 Evenings: «No Title No Work», premiere

3 October
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Performance by Christian Falsnaes (DK), with Søren Berner (DK) Curated by Søren Berner (DK) What happens when people have to give up control and simply give in to instructions and orders? Christian Falsnaes addresses a highly current topic as he wants to make visible the mechanisms of following authoritarian orders that organize society but that we normally don’t recognize. His works are based upon the interaction between audience and artist and deal with rituals, social dynamics and group behaviour in…

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WAY OUT

5 October - 6 October
Kulturmarkt Zürich, Aemtlerstrasse 23, Zürich, 8003 Switzerland + Google Map

A dance performance with four dancers and four bodies telling stories of losing and finding. Sadly, strong, melancholic, but also bizarre and funny moments characterize this evening-filling performance. A journey of discovery to a common identity, a mosaic of virtuosity and contrasts. Nunzio Impellizzeri brings together various elements of loss, takes scenes and stories of everyday life, links them together, and impresses them impressively. WAY OUT is a sophisticated contemporary dance performance realized with professional, international dancers. The Nunzio Impellizzeri…

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Thus I Spoke: «United in Stomach Flu, London Weeps: Excerpts fro

10 October
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Performance by/with Cally Spooner (UK) and with Michelangelo Miccolis (IT) Curated by Michelangelo Miccolis (IT) Cally Spooner reads from her novel in progress, interspersed with some unwritten thoughts for 2017, on states of rehearsal, Galileoʼs telescope, out-of-work speech writers, sweat, shame, structured reality, fake news, false tears and outsourcing. Previous presentations include: Serpentine Galleries, London (UK). For more about Cally Spooner see: http://cabaretvoltaire.ch/en/thuse-i-spoke.html

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Poudre I Concert & Bar

10 October
KATZ CONTEMPORARY, Talstrasse 83, Zürich, CH-8001 Switzerland + Google Map

Poudre sind im El Tschuggo Forest von Patrick Graf zu Gast und bespielen die Installation des zürcher Künstlers. Die Sängerin Franziska Bruecker und der Gitarrist Simon Borer haben sich während ihrer Studienzeit kennen gelernt und spielen seither unter dem Namen Poudre zusammen. Über die Jahre hat sich ihr Repertoire von Jazzstandards hin zu liebevoll gestalteten Arrangements von Popsongs gewandelt. Aus dieser Entwicklung heraus entstanden die ersten gemeinsam geschriebenen Songs. Sie komponieren zusammen Musik, welche die Liebe zum Singer-Songwriting mit Improvisationslust…

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Performance 4 Evenings: untitled, premiere

31 October
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Performance by Kristoffer Akselbo (DK), with Søren Berner (DK) Curated by Søren Berner (DK) «In my artistic work, I have a special interest in hyperrealism and everyday objects, performative mechanisms and interaction with the viewer. The work is expressed in aesthetic meetings and time-based experiences. The content of my production is about a negotiation and exchange between views and work and how it reacts in the given context. My works ask questions about who we are, where we are and…

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November 2017

Theatre of Sound: «I am not a Joke», 2017

7 November
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Performance by Olivia Hyunsin Kim (KR/DE), Magda Drozd (PL) and Co. aka The Kill Joys Curated by Philipp Cron (CH) The Kill Joys (Olivia Hyunsin Kim, Magda Drozd and Co.) examine feminist concerns, which they express through concert performances. In a DIY style and a dilettantish attitude, they scream about what is infuriating them. Through self-written lyrics they sing about current feminist and political topics and aptly give themselves a voice which is understood by others. For more about the…

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Word Up!: «Weird Séance», premiere

14 November
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Dyspraxic participatory performance by Daniel Oliver (UK) The performance project «Weird Séance» by Daniel Oliver is a series of raucous, deconstructionist, and roughly layered participatory performances about participatory performance. Each performance is haphazardly crowbarred into its site and context − rejigged, added to, undone and perverted. We are in the future looking back on the traumatic incident that occurred right here, in this space, during Daniel’s show. Returning to the site to partially reconstruct the tragic performance, to discuss blame,…

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Thus I Spoke: «Dying On Stage», 2015

21 November
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Performance by Christodoulos Panayiotou (CY), performed by dancer Jean Capeille (FR), Duration: 2 h 15 min Curated by Michelangelo Miccolis (IT) Christodoulos Panayiotou’s lecture-performance Dying On Stage is a meditation on the impossible theatrical representation of death. Taking as its starting point Rudolf Nureyev’s 1991 staging of the classical ballet «La Bayadère», which was choreographed whilst Nureyev’s health was critically deteriorating, Dying On Stage explores various literal, metaphorical, and symbolic deaths by examining the vicious relationship between the spectator, the…

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Performance 4 Evenings: Last Perform

28 November
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Curated by Søren Berner (DK) The artist for this last Performance 4 Evenings curated by Søren Berner (DK) will be announced via website, newsletter and social media. Stay tuned and follow us there. For more see: http://cabaretvoltaire.ch/en/performance-4-evenings.html

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December 2017

Word Up!: «twentysevenpoemsforgettinghigh andforgettingdowntoo»

12 December
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

premiere Poetry performance by James Massiah (UK) The poet and musician, who believes in the force of poetry and the electrifying atmosphere that comes from live performances, explores ideas about mortality, sex and religion in his poems. For his performance at Cabaret Voltaire James Massiah will float in the space between music and poetry and present with «twentysevenpoemsforgettinghighandgettingdowntoo» a dynamic set of poems. For more about James Massiah see: http://www.cabaretvoltaire.ch/de/word-up.html

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Thus I Spoke: «Untitled Speech – Cabaret Voltaire», premiere

19 December
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Performance by Adriana Lara (MX) Curated by Michelangelo Miccolis (IT) Adriana Lara will develop a site specific performance for this last evening of the first season. More about Adriana Lara see: http://www.cabaretvoltaire.ch/en/thuse-i-spoke.html

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