The Return of Dada

Born out of a protest against the atrocities of World War I, the Dada art movement used performance, sound poetry, masks, and costumes as a way to shake citizens awake to the absurdities of everyday life and bring art into the fight for a new ethic. If you look to anti-art flag bearers like Banksy or even modern-day protests (i.e., May Day protesters carrying large papier-mâché marionettes or forming human chains linked together with found objects), even in small ways, the movement appears to have never truly gone away. But some are calling for a rebirth of sorts for Dada. Tonight at Muse Center for the Arts, the Performance Art Collaborative (a nomadic troupe of local artists and performers) is throwing a one-night homage to the movement with the Return of Dada. Intent on "exploring dreams, archetypes, mythos, and totems," the night will include live music, dance, drama, performance art, surrealism, and a little Jungian psychology thrown in for good measure. Tickets cost $20. Performances start at 8 p.m. The Muse Center for the Arts is located at 99 SW 14th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-4004, or visit
Sat., May 24, 8 p.m., 2014
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Terra Sullivan