Dada Din-Din

Dada Din-Din, an opera generated by students at CalArts, was an immersive and interactive soirée with an open bar and intimate staging featuring original compositions, sonic collages, improvisations, and extended vocalizations. Collaboratively devised and performed by nearly two dozen students, Dada Din-Din consisted of selections from Jacqueline Bobak’s Dada Divas and original pieces by CalArts’ Opera-Theatre course, inspired by the works of women artists of the Dada movement: Emmy Hennings, Mina Loy, Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Hannah Höch, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Florine Stettheimer, Sayako Kishimoto, and others. Dada Din-Din featured such Dada performance practices and compositional techniques as juxtaposition, simultaneity, chance operations, satire, and fusion of high- and low-brow traditions. The opera’s pieces were an eclectic mix ranging from campy to grim, exploring womanhood, reproductive rights, sexual freedom, anti-capitalism, utopia, memory, war, and ritual.

Presented by California Institute of the Arts in the Wild Beast. Roles: Performer | Composer.